Oh absolutely, I totally agree. I obviously don't take everything they say as God's word, but there is some good info in there. I think it is good to be concious about counter steering, if only at the beginning. I dont think about it constantly, but it has helped me immensely knowing what is happening while taking a turn. It is interesting to think about pushing through a turn rather than steering through a turn.
I have heard many people say that riding a motorcycle is just like riding a bike, but I feel differently about it. You can know how to balance on two wheels and what not, but I feel like there is a lot more direct steering involved in riding a bike. I never did ride my peddle bike above 15-20 miles an hour, but my motorcycle is above that speed consistently.
As an aside, I purchased a scooter a few years ago that I was trying to learn to ride, but never like riding it. The wheels were just to small and I always felt unstable and I didnt like the way you sit on them. Anyway, when I was trying to get my license at that point, i dont remember a whole lot of mention of counter steering or pushing through a turn in either the learner's permit test or the manual. However, this time around it almost felt like a theme in the book and test. Just thought it was interesting.
Either way, they are both MSF certified instructors and I feel like their instruction is better than none. I just want to get out and ride, and taking the course is not an option right now.
2000 Honda Rebel 250