I took my course at the H-D dealership on Friday and wanted to report back.
The short version: A good experience and I'm glad I took the course. It was the MSF's Basic Rider 2 course.
The longer version:
I showed up around 7:45 a.m. for the 8:00 start. The class included 9 riders -- me on the Wee, 1 FZ6, 1 Indian Scout, and the rest were a mix of H-D's. I didn't receive any negative feelings about my choice of ride; perhaps it helped that my bike is orange and black
We started with a short classroom session where we met our 2 instructors, introduced ourselves, and learned what was in store for the day. Then we went out and did T-CLOCS checks on our bikes and provided the required insurance and registration documentation. The rest of the day was a mix of 2-3 riding exercises (which took 20-30 minutes each) followed by 10 minute breaks and approximately 30-minute classroom sessions. The dealership provided lunch (pizza) during a 45-minute break. After the afternoon practice and learning sessions, we had a skills practice session followed by a skills test where we were evaluated on a mix of activities from the earlier sessions.
I ended up with 1 ding on the skills test (touched a barrier line during the tight turn from a stop), which still got me a passing score. 2 riders were like me with a few points but passing, 3 riders had perfect scores, 1 opted not to take the test, 2 accumulated too many points to pass.
Overall I was very pleased with the total experience. Other than some good-natured ribbing about my Neon Power Ranger gear, I felt no non-cruiser bias. In fact, some of them were looking longingly at my 500-lb. bike as they tried to balance their 1000-lb. beasts during slow-speed maneuvers.
The next step in the MSF system would be Advanced Rider training. Unfortunately the dealership doesn't currently offer this course. The nearby tech school offers it occasionally; the next nearest spot is another community college a couple of hours away. That may be my next course in 1-2 years.
I'm super-glad I took the course and would highly recommend it to anyone. I now know the things I need to work on to improve my skills and will be making good use of the church parking lot next to my house.