It's after midnight, so forgive me if this post doesn't make sense.
I just got back from a little loop of about 900 km covering some great roads from Hope to Merritt to Spences Bridge, Lytton, Lilooett (?sp?), Pemberton and the S2S back home.
Instead of going to bed I actually logged on here. (gotta finish my Gin and Tonic) I read Ralph's post about starting on a R1 3 years ago and I remember all the controversy on here 3 years back when he first posted.
Oddly, this is about the time I started riding as well. Never sat on a bike before taking the PRS course.
Instead of an R1, I bought a KRL. It's got two wheels, an engine and all the other important bits.
At least 35 HP as well.
Rode it in town, started hitting the twisties within about a month and just kept riding. Slowly got faster in the technical sections, started having more fun, rode 99% on my own. Top speed about 140 km/h. So far no speeding tickets, no highsides, no lowsides, no anysides. I have never layed the bike down (although the muffler did fall off once, damn thumper vibrations).
Threw in the occasional logging roads as well.
I have no clue how "fast" I am in the twisties because I rarely ride with anyone. The few times I rode with buddies I could hold my own.
I now have about 47 000 km on the KLR and will exceed 50 000 by the end of the year.
This year I'll probably get a street bike so it'll be the last year on this bike.
For me the way I got into riding made a lot of sense. This bike does not have enough power to get me into trouble easily. However, the principles are the same as on any bike and because I can't just simply pour on the power after a corner I have had to learn to carry speed through a corner. It's more fun that way too. (You know, more fun to ride a slow bike fast . . blah blah blah).
When I change bikes I will need to get used to more power (I sure won't miss the vibrations) but my basic skill set will be good.
Anyway, enough of this, I just thought another noob perspective might be useful for some.