So, we, as a society now have to hold the hands of ignorant motorcyclists and force them to do what is right? If they die from ignorance, oh well! Natural selection, I guess.
Yeah, I know, pretty cold, but think about it. All the resources to help with this "problem" are currently widely available and inexpensive. It's not my fault they die or my responsibility to educate those who choose to be stupid, or worse yet, have to pay for their irresponsibility. It's not my job to tell them "it's time to step off the bike, Grampa".
This is simply a clever bureaucratic mechanism designed to redistribute the public wealth to protect morons who won't even wear helmets, much less take an MSF course. Next step in Oregon's plan will likely be to have MSF refresher courses every two years (or one!). The cost of the MSF courses will go up exponentially (gotta have it, why not charge more?), as well as raise your taxes (even if you don't ride a bike) to cover the Guvmint administrative costs, including hiring additional public employees (with the associated wages, pension plans and health insurance expenses required) to implement the plan. All this for yet more inane, parasitic, useless government interference in your life. I PASS. Sounds like a "jobs" plan to me. Do they do this in the UK?
This is moronic. Apparently the "sheeple" in Oregon approved this(Easy now, I used to live there, I was your neighbor). They should have paid more attention and now have to pay the price
My Personal Plan:
I'm 62 and I take the MSF about every 3 years, "voluntarily and at my own expense", and plan to take a sportbike course next year (maybe Code's). Nobody has to tell me to do it. I can't learn and practice enough. I know how critical this is. As a matter of fact, every ride combines enjoyment along with practicing some aspect of riding that I feel I need to brush up on (which oddly enough, is also enjoyable to me because there's always room to improve). I have always lived for the challenge to hone my skills, whatever I do. That's how I stay alive, stay young, AND have fun. (I can testify that cornering well at speed is my drug, but I know when, where, how to do it safely, and I practice it every chance I get.)
Conclusion: I'm so tired of how Americans have dumbed down and have to have bureaucrats run every little detail of their lives (and pick their pockets as they do). Just do the right thing on your own, it's simple. Everything and everyone else will sort themselves out eventually.
"I don't want a pickle, I just want to ride my Motor-sickle"