When I took the MSF class, our instructor said that WA state used to have a tier license system. However, some State Rep from Mercer Island (affluent and Republican) bought a bike and was pissed who couldn't ride it until he got through the tier system. He introduced a bill removing the tier system. So now anyone with a license can ride any overweight Harley they want regardless of experience. I used that opportunity to buy the safest bike available a 600 SuperSport. Great Brakes, turns on a dime, etc. If ridden responsiblely. I digress, I think a tiered system is the best way to go....