Santa Clara huh? Always nice to meet another Bay Area rider
I have known people that buy their bikes and ride them home, but I personally didn’t do that with my first bike (a gs500 I bought in S.F.). I posted in BARF (Bay area riders forum) asking if anyone had a truck that they could use to help me get my bike home. I got 3 or 4 replies and one of the guys took me up there, test rode my bike for me, and then loaded it up and took it to my house.
I think if you took the MSF course before you get your bike you should be ok riding it home if you don’t have to go on highways. If I had a truck then I would help you out, but all I have is a motorcycle.
~Best Beginner Motorcycles Admin