I agree!1. MSF Class
2. Proper gear!!
3. Read books (Twist of the Wrist I and II by Keith Code, Total Control by Lee Parks.)
4. Never try to keep up or feel like you "should" be able to ride a given pace.
5. Read a lot about the bike. The more you know about it, the more comfortable you'll be.
6. Practice, Practice, Practice!
7. Ride safe and have fun.
And congrats on the buy.
Agree 100% - find an old pelter dirt bike and learn to ride on that thing... if you drop that, who cares?well, jonkerr pretty much nailed it.
I would add that riding a dirtbike, even just around the yard will really get you used to riding a motorcycle, mainly because it is a motorcycle. If you have access to one or a friend has one you can ride I would highly recommend it. If you have never been on a bike before, chances of going down or dropping it are very high, which would really suck on such a new bike.
+1000Know how to use the skills you read about, why they're important, and know the physics behind those techniques and it'll all fall into place.