Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Kansas City Area
Can I also ask what else is on your list of bikes you're looking at? We're both pretty much in the same price range. I've spent weeks researching reddit, this forum, any reviews I could find on general web searches. But I know I'm just scratching the surface.
I had also been looking at the Yamaha FZ6 line of bikes, as well as the Kawasaki Versys (and now I'll be kicked out... haha!).
The MSF course is great. I feel like I learned a lot. And a lot of stuff that people seem to miss when learning on their own. One thing my class didn't do a good job of was having a variable amount of bikes to try. They were all Honda rebel 250s and a couple Suzuki GZ250s, which was unfortunate.
But what about your gear? Gear can add up pretty quick I've found. Got a Scorpion EXO R420 helmet for a very good price, around $150, which comes with both DOT and SNELL2015 certifications. I hear the DOT certification is ancient and absolute crap, even though it's frequently the bare minimum most places state side. Despite better judgement (no longer lifetime guarantee), I also got a Sedici Alonso jacket from Cycle Gear for around $150. Again, this is all reference. I'm cheaping out on gear, but am trying to get as much value as possible. Just curious what you've come up with?