Kneeslider is right, of course, the personality of the rider plays the largest role in whether or not you gear up and ride right. Yet so much of motorcycle riding is counterintuitive. When I took my class, there were other guys there that had trouble getting their heads around ideas like countersteering and rolling off before corners. I had been a careful rider, but training made me more so. I think training is a good thing and I'm all for mandatory training. It can't hurt.