I took the MSF Course in early July. Passed and got my license on the 17 of July.
I had bought a motorcyle the week before that, in anticipation I would pass. I bought a used bike that fit my budget of <$3k including all things associated with it like registration, insurance, , fees, ect ect. So I bought a 2001 Yamaha V-Star 650. Its a good first bike. Cheap enoug if I fuck it up while learning how to drive I wouldnt be too heartbroken and i wouldnt break the bank on repairs.
I have always wanted a bike. Never had anything get me over the hump to get it. All the planets aligned just right to get me out there. I had a tax return come in that dictated my budget. I started workign on a job site that requires the workers to pay to park. Since I have a truck they charge and extra $10 a day. So the total is $25 a DAY !!! ....oooooorrrrrrrr, i can park the motorcycle next to the building for FREE!!!!! So, all that put together meant I was going fo rit and did.
Since I have been on the road I have clocked just over 150 miles. I havent ridin it to work yet, still wanna get some experience before I undertake that journey. I may try it Monday.
So anyway, to those of you on the fence about it I say Go For It !!
Good luck, be safe and have fun all my fellow riders !