Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Naperville, IL, USA
Yeah, the MSF course will be a great help. Don't feel bad if you drop it, we've all done it. When you drop a 250, the damage usually occurs to the mirrors, levers and fairings, and the exhaust if it's that side, but it'll be only a few scratches.
My problem was having my foot slip on something at a stop, or when backing into my garage.
Frame sliders will protect your plastic in low-speed drops. You might also consider handlebar crash guards, like Barkbusters (but they may not be worth the expense, because levers cost about $15, while the lever guards cost more than $100).
Good luck with the new bike!