This is a question for those talking about riders shouldn't jump up to a sport bike without experience on a smaller bike. (Which I totally agree and that's exactly what I did) Would you equate experience in "years riding" or "miles ridden"? I ask because I know people who have been riding for 3-4 years and have ridden maybe 5000 miles total. Then theres myself who's been riding for a year and have >13,000 miles in that year. What is "experienced"? I don't understand how years of riding vs actual mileage ridden is what makes someone more experienced. I hear all the time "oh you've only been riding a year?" Yes, but my miles ridden is 3xs what you've ridden fool. I get no experience with my bike sitting in my garage, not riding it. So if experienced riders are based of miles ridden and NOT the amount of time a rider has owned and parked the bike in the garage, what is the mileage you would say bumps someone up from rookie to more experienced? (Note-I believe there's more to being experienced as well such as school/track but this is questioning mileage vs years owning the bike)
I don't think you'll find a set answer on this though.
Many of us here grew up on bikes as kids and then transitioned to the street bikes as teenagers and of course now ride as seasoned adults.
Also, many of us here have lots of track time and have even won amateur road races and hang the trophies on the wall because we can. And you should if you've actually made the podium.
Hard to compare some 13,000 miles to folks who are really
experienced that have been riding riding all their lives.
I did 14,000 miles in a Boston summer on my 750. You only get a few months to ride in Boston before the snow hits again. We know that. Don't get me wrong, you can learn a lot even within 13,000 miles. I understand how you feel but be careful not to get ahead of yourself.
Your experience will be relative always. There will always be faster, better, more seasoned rider than you. You just get over it, ride on, and enjoy yourself.