Progress- Training Course & a Future Bike
Again, thanks for the input and advice.
To begin with, while in Sacramento (2 hours from home) for my California Motorcycle Training Class, I took the opportunity to look at various bikes at dealers there. I had the opportunity to stand over a 2015 V Strom with all the bells and whistles. It seamed to fit reasonably well and, I really liked the bike. Unfortunately, it is way above my beginning price point. I am going to chat with the seller of the 2004 Wee I had mentioned previously. My instructor at the course gave me the number for a trusted mechanic, so I chatted with him about the used bike I have yet to see (it's 4 hours from home), and asked for approximate pricing for the repairs, tuning, etc. it most likely requires. He ballpark it at $800. I'll keep you informed if this goes further.
Next, the training.
It went very well. I passed, as did everyone else. I have to say, I am very glad I went through the training from an experience and learning standpoint. I'm taking this entry into riding very seriously when it comes to safety. I am actually looking forward to neighborhood training/drills and future higher level courses. My assessment of the course: Solid instructors willing to answer all questions; the curriculum is laid out in a proven structure that seams to work; Overall rushed to fit it all in. I recommend it strongly, especially as a starting point to do our own practice in huge repetition. I'm a believer in learning the skills so well that you can focus on what's around you for safety and enjoyment.
1) The first very early morning on the bikes had an apparent good omen.
2) The bike I was provided for the course, a Honda Rebel 250. Easy learner with a wonky clutch and choke issues when cold. Not bad.
3) Impressive that California funds this program and oversees it. One would think the insurance industry would be a big part of the funding and support.