That first night was basically an introduction. We got to know each other, went over the basics and got an outline of what to expect for the rest of the weekend. The next day would be spent half out on the course on the bikes, and half in the classroom going over laws and regulations. The final day would be a quick review before the riding then the written tests.
The second day, they started everyone out the same. You get your bike, and stand next to it — on the left side. The bike is off and they show you how to mount it, where the ignition and kill switch are, and they make sure you understand their hand signals all before they even let you touch your bike. Once you're on the bike, they don't even let you start it until you're able to maneuver it back and forth and around, just with your legs. Slowly they work you up to riding around in first gear and practicing small maneuvers. Then they teach you what to expect for the test, and they run you through everything over and over until you are comfortable. You get tips and encouragement, laughs and support. You feel like these guys are rooting for you, and they are. It's the same in the classroom and then the next day during the review. Before they run through the tests, they make sure everyone is ready and help each person with reminders of how to overcome their weak spots. Then it's all business as they run you through the tests.