When I took the course all of the HD wannabees rode Honda Rebels. The Groms were popular too. No one rode the TWs or the Ninja 125s. I gravitated to a ratted out spray painted black aftermarket muffler XT250 that had been bought by the school from the movie industry as a stunt bike, and had been stolen from the school and recovered twice. Kinda had a Leonard Smalls meets black bumper Mennonite vibe to it. They had to pull it out of the back row and get it running for me. The instructor said that historically the few people that choose the ratty XT bike either "already ride or will probably end up riding to Ushuaia, which are you?"