Personal freedom Vs Public safety
Here in New Zealand, we have a Three stage system for getting your bike ticket.
Learners - 6mths, 250cc or smaller, max 70kmh, L plate.
Restricted - 12mths, 250cc or smaller, time can be reduced to 6mths with advanced course.
I went through this system and don't feel suppressed by the state.
One of the negative things that this systems tends to overcome, is the pressure new riders put themselves under to keep up with the big boys, and for them to buy the toys before they are able to handle them.
I don't think any system will keep everybody happy, I would rather err on the side of caution, and mabey save a few lives, at the risk of pissing a few others off.
Before I got into Bikes, I had some misconceptions about them, like the power output, handling, counter steering etc etc etc.
Looking back, I am glad I did go through it, I think it made a better rider out of me, I was allowed to be a "learner" and not expected to be anything else. I didn't spend my time blasting past other bikes scraping pegs, cause I couldn't, I spent my time learning to master the puss bucket, and dreaming of my real bike.