No worries, everyone is entitled to their opinion. However, going to the MSF course, and even practicing what you learned there, is no guarantee that you are not going to drop the bike. Of course, not taking an MSF course is not a guarantee that you will drop the bike when learning.
But, like it or not, there are a lot of differences to riding a bike than a 4-wheel vehicle, and us novices are likely to get overwhelmed by the differences. Another thing to consider is that knowing what your skills and limits are takes time and practice. You are wise to say "never ride beyond your means", and I absolutely agree with that, but most times novices find out the hard way what their means are.
Furthermore, there are stupid little things like forgetting to put the sidestand down, or making sure it went all the way down, before leaning the bike, sometimes realizing too late that the bike will fall. Another one is parking on gravel, when the rider loses traction (on their boots) and drop the bike, or they fall with it. Another one is forgetting to grab the brake lever when mounting or dismounting. Another one is evasive maneuvers. And so on and so on.
Most of those require time to become second nature, and just because you haven't dropped any bike, it doesn't mean most people learn that way (or that fast). There are a lot of little things that can make you slip up and drop the bike, and it's all part of the learning process.
Don't take this the wrong way. I'm not trying to start an argument, but it is important to comment this so new riders know what to expect. With all this in mind, they can make their own, informed, decisions.
Last edited by edgary; 08-03-2009 at 07:19 AM.