Join Date: Feb 2019
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Just to add my $0.02
I recently learned to ride, too, and got a Ninja 300 after going through a couple scooters. I've been a cyclist for a long time, worked as a bike messenger for about 10 years. It's a pretty standard pre-req for endorsement courses to 'have the ability to ride a bicycle', but what they don't say is that the sharper that ability is, the easier it'll be to transition. So, if you don't ride a bicycle bike much and have some time, I'd say ride one a bunch before the course starts. If you have panniers, use them for groceries or whatever - it's a little bit more like the feel of having a heavy motor attached to the frame, in terms of balance & steering.
Also a tip from the other bike world, two things are just the same on motorcycles; if there's anything to watch out for the most in terms of maintenance, it's the brake and the chain (or belt). The brakes because obviously, being able to stop well is paramount to safety. The chain, because it'll cost way more if you let it stretch & wear out the sprocket/cog, + on the motored bike it can potentially whip your leg to shreds if it breaks.