Re: Downshifting .. rooky question?
I wouldn't recommend going to first. First gear on these bikes are designed for taking off... i.e. starting from a standstill at peak torque RPM for maximum acceleration. You will unhook the rear MUCH easily in first, in a turn. The gap between 2nd and first is taller than between the rest of the gears and I am sure you can hear the "clunk" between them when gearing down.
First gear is for taking off, only.
The bike has a 85Mph first gear itís meant for a lot more then taking off
using first for slower corners is of course fine and there is nothing about first that would damage the bike at all