I definitely plan on taking the MSF course. There's a couple colleges around the area that have classes available in June I'm looking at.
Glad to hear the 650 is a universally solid bike. Just riding around parking lots i've had tons of fun on it.
very cool. I will tell you the very first thing they teach you in the riding training, since you are already riding your bike.
It may sound silly and obvious, but one of the biggest problem new riders run into is dropping the bike in the driveway.
When you get on the bike, keep the kickstand down, grab the front brake tight, swing your leg over, sit down and put the kick stand up.
When you are on the bike YOU are keeping it up. dont sit on the kickstand. Even if you are not going to start the bike, always do it the same way.
When you get off the bike put the kickstand down, holding the front brake tight, put the weight on the stand, and swing your leg off the bike.
Make it second nature that when you are on the bike the kickstand is up, and when you get off you put it down.
This also implies that if you need to move the bike, sit on the bike and duck-walk it, dont try to push it standing next to it.
Again: you will be amazed at how many people drop their bikes because they jump off and then try to put the kickstand down, or they just forget.
You cannot 'man handle' a street bike like a bicycle or a dirt bike.
You can do a lot of damage dropping the bike sideways at zero mph.