Congrats 421.Manning up and taking the course was a good decision.It will/has taught you things that some today with many miles have forgotten.Thru the years of riding I have seen some of the dumbest stuff done by egotistical young people who think they know it all,only to be scrapped up later.Riding safe and smart will give you many years of enjoyable riding.You ride safe and you will ride long.Let me give you an example of 8 days of riding in the mountains
1. 2pm riding in the rain on a twisty 2 lane rural,a deer launches off of the road bank right into my lane.Hitting the brakes the back wheel locks up starting a slide.I won't go into detail,but things turned out alright.
2.6:30 pm.A deer runs out from some brush and damn near runs into me,missed that deer by about 6 to 8 feet @ 60mph
3. 04:40 am. A deer jumps over a guard rail and lands directly in my lane running 50I just miss the hind end of that deer,barely had time to let off of the throttle.
4.5 pm.Following two cars thru Marietta Ohio,a girl throws her car door open into traffic,The first car hits the door,the second car swerves and hits the left rear of the first car blocking both lanes.I have plenty of time to stop.Now here is the unbelievable part.The girl whos car door got hit and the girl who hit her,both exit their cars STILL talking on cell phones.
I average around 1,500 miles a month and always run into things like above.Each instance only took a couple of seconds,but I had hours of good,enjoyable riding.The moral of the story,Stay tuned to your enviroment and you will have many years of riding.Again,congrats on you taking the msf course and welcome to the world of two wheels