I'm of two minds on this. Having had ABS on three machines now; and having had it save me on pavement (on wet asphalt) I'm a believer.
But yes. I think before you start relying on safety devices, you need to know how to do it yourself. Autopilot is undoubtedly a nice way to fly a 747; but they don't use it in flight school.
I'm glad motorcycling is gaining again in popularity. But I REALLY don't like this trend, with kids or wealthy orthodontists or young women with still-sore new tattoos looking to buy the biggest, baddest, Harley or crotch-rocket or R1200GS-Adventure that's out there.
THOSE ARE TOO MUCH BIKE.
My own story: I learned to ride on a Yamaha R5C. Moved to an SR500 I bought, new. Put about six thousand on the new machine - and went down. Someone ran a stop sign on a busy two-lane highway in the country.
That was it - for 20 years. Then, my 50th birthday present to myself...I decided to re-learn how to ride.
I got a hold of a Virago 250. Now that's a poor choice for a big guy - and I know it now. I had never even sat on a dual-sport - if I had, I'd have been on the TW200 right then. But I just didn't know.
And I remember riding the 250 home...I wanted training wheels, I was so rusty. For a month, I didn't dare take it up to highway speeds - I felt like I was blowing off, which was impossible given the stepped seat it had.
I'm recounting this to make a point: A NOOB NEEDS TO START SLOW AND SMALL. I'd think a dealer would do well offering a lease-purchase program or a buyback incentive program...buy a small used, then get an agreed value amount back when you're ready for your Dream Ride with all the cubes and all the farkles.
But that's just me. I've never run a motorcycle dealership.