Please, PLEASE take the class. You may think that it’s easy, and at first it most definitely WILL be easy — that’s the point. But it’s critical to get the professional training in a SAFE environment. I went into that class already having taken my SV650s out on the road… I’d bike raced for years. I thought it would be a cake walk, and the reason I took the class was to get my endorsement on an easy bike. Well, I did pass the class, but I definitely learned things that have saved me a lot of grief (and possible injury).
Please, take the class.