man, this course really drained me...physically and psychologically. while the exercises are fairly trivial, they're all done at low speed and each riding session is six hours long. basically, you use the clutch about as much as you would driving for six hours in stop and go traffic. also, for the range test each student takes the test in front of the other students. so, if you're the type of person who gets excited or nervous under pressure or in front of a group, beware. anyhow, the course is definitely worthwhile because you get your license without risking dropping your bike and supposedly you get an insurance break. for any of you guys who are thinking about taking this course and buying a sportbike, you might want to think twice: nothing is done above 20 miles an hour so you don't get to experience countersteering or braking at any type of speed. on the other hand, you learn low speed maneuvers and parking lots seem to be a common place where people drop their bikes. if you live in the dc metro area, i highly recommend taking the course at montgomery college. the instructors, dave and barry, were very cool and laid back.