Congrats Lomaks! Max props to anyone who's taken the advanced course on a big bike. I'm too damned paranoid I'll drop the sucker during the really slow tight stuff. I think I'm a pretty decent rider and my feet are on the boards the instant the I start letting the clutch out. No duck paddling... lol But I know from experience the saddle bag will touch pavement at the same time as the front engine guard. :-(
If I had bag guards or I could do the ARC on someone else's full dresser I'd do it. :-) Actually that made me think of something... how many guys do ARC or ERC with their saddle bags removed? Probably get teased about bein a pussbutt. lol
Forget about getting teased. Not your problem.
Also, get over the paranoia and do it. The ONLY way to get proficient with the slow stuff is to do it. On your bike. After all, that's the one you're gonna be riding out in the real world.
With some practice anyone with the desire can move from being a pretty decent rider
to a really good rider.
In all of the classes and practice sessions I have attended I have never seen anyone remove their bags. That's not to say you couldn't.
I have only seen a couple guys lay their ride down... and it is slow and controlled so that no damage occurred, not a scratch.
During the slow stuff, as long as you remain in the friction zone (constant throttle just above idle, clutch just providing power to rear wheel and a little trail brake) the bike will stay upright. Folks drop it when they let off the throttle or pull the clutch lever in. You just have to keep power to the wheel - that, combined with a little rear brake, make the scoot want to stand right up. Naturally, you never touch the front brake in the slow stuff.
Go for it... I think you'll be surprised. And then you'll look back and laugh about worrying about dropping it.