Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Milton Keynes, England
Motorcycle: K7 GSX-R600
Re: Why not a Sports Bike for a First Bike ?
I'm no expert on biology, but I'm fairly sure the brain controls the body doesn't it?!
Don't get hung up on the number of months. For getting used to a bike, how it handles, stops, goes etc. TDs are a great learning mechanism. On the road I'm no angel, but I'm fairly sensible. If I hadn't done TDs early on in my biking life I might have been tempted to explore my sportsbike's potential on the road, and that could have had dire consequences.
When I'm on track it's not just plodding around at pedestrian speeds, so those things that broadly speaking might cause panic (slides, wheel locks, wheelies etc.) are repeated many many times! How anyone could argue that this isn't valuable knowledge and experience is beyond me really.
On the subject of sports bikes though, it's entirely possible to get yourself in the shit on a BMW GS, for example, so again it's more about learning to ride the bike than what type of bike it is.