I took the HD Rider's Edge Program myself... if I had heard about a program like that I would have looked into it... Those Buell Blasts are fun as hell!
As it was, I learned on a Yamaha XT350 and then bought a Buell CityX when I was ready to extend my "range" in the southeast... big Buell fan now... I've put 15000+ miles on it since last September and the CityX still puts a smile on my face!
With a small bike, you almost don't need that kind of thing.
I just sold my first bike, the Ninja 250, for five hundred more than I paid for it (had it advertised in two places for a week), covering a lot of my initial gear expense etc for last year. Despite being a small "chicks bike", they sell like hotcakes and a lot of fun.
Horsecrap. I've ridden with plenty of people who came out of the MSF class who are better riders than some of the bozos who have been riding for years. No, they don't have experience, and yes, they still have a lot to learn, but compare what they have to do with what a boat buyer has to do. Any a-hole can go buy a 100 mph boat, blast across the bay, usually while drinking, with NO TRAINING WHATSOEVER. If the two-day MSF course doesn't suit you, what do you suggest? A week at the track learning apexing, power slides, and trail braking? I'm all for it, let's subsidize it with tax money so it's affordable.
Great to hear.. I love the looks of the Buell. Be trying to get the courage to go buy one.. i.e face the wrath of the wife etc. I think I use the engine thing as an excuse. I am sure the bike can handle a rider way way better than I..