I can teach people to kill other people in 1 hour. $100 for the full hour. Any takers?
That's exactly the point. "Take it easy and you'll be OK." Right, and when the person screws the pooch do they also take out some innocent person along with? Like it or not we have some level of social responsibility and for those who say "fuck the law" as one clown told me, well, society will demand its pound of flesh whether one likes it or not. So why not just do the right thing to start off with? Take the MSF course, get a bike commensurate with your skill level, and go from there.
Even though my first purchase was an XT200 Yamaha, and my second bike an XT550 Yamaha (both single-cylinder dual-sport), my third was a 1983 VF750F Interceptor. I threw that bike down the road twice the first year, but I DID avoid a few accidents because I was a pretty good dirt rider. The Interceptor was 86 HP, that was considered astonishing for a 750 in those days. Also it weight 542 lbs. wet. Now my GSX-R 750 is 148 HP and weighs 419 lbs. wet.
I think one thing that helped me is I got into bikes because I loved the riding; I never cared too much about being the fastest guy, I did a lot of long distance and touring on any bike I had. I let the fast guys go out ahead but by no means was I the slowest.
I hate to say this but of the group of guys I rode with (32 years worth), almost all the fastest guys are dead, paralyzed, or have a lot of titanium plates and screws in their bodies. That is just the plain truth. Because on the street the way you go faster is to a) have the fastest bike available, like a GSX-R 1100 or FZR1000 (from my day) and b) enter blind turns as fast as possible, hoping absolutely nothing goes wrong. A guy can get away with that for a good long while but eventually it catches him out.
Just try to do it the right way because this stuff is quite lethal even done right.