And learning to ride on a bike thats under powered will not educate you how to ride on a bike that has accelration. I didnt say that a small bike is a bad thing but is nothing like riding a actual super sport. Riding dirt is nothing like the street at all except you are riding with hand controls. But it does help reflexes. A 650r is still not like a super sport. But to say that a 600 will kill you in two weeks is crap. Total crap. Thats like saying the gun kills ppl. You can say youve been racing a riding for years and some of you points are valid but telling ppl they will die is a crap think to say and you should check that crap. Yes my first bike was a zx10r. I rode a ninja 500 twice before i then i switched a r1. Then to a zx9 then a gsxr1000 then to a gsxr600 then to a r1 then to a 1300 then a zx9 again and then went to a r6 all the while having a few cruisers in the mix. You can over ride your abilities on all bikes. And for the comment about starting on a 650. The smaller bikes dont get respected and infact get ridden harder in the throttle Than the bigger bikes that are respected. You all can try to say all you want about the bikes being ridden harder cuz they cant keep up but thats crap too becausei know several guys who race250's but ride 600's. and they can probably kick everyones but in the curves on their 250. I ride alot. Over 100000 miles a year on bikes. Both on and off track. From 600's to 1000 to a full on ama bike. And when nicky is in town i get to ride the ducati factory bikes. Say what u want but if you have never been on multiple class bikes i dont see how you can have an opinion for all bike classes
You're telling me you suggest a 600 or more for a new rider that wants to go fast, but you don't expect them to exceed their limits - NO WAY!
Poor technique is poor technique - no matter what size bike you ride - but learning proper technique is easier on a smaller/lighter cycle.
As far as dirt bike riding not directly relating to street riding, I think you are wrong. It's an easy way to learn to operate the controls in a manageable environment. Dirt riding teaches you to control a cycle that has limited traction, and needs constant correction. While that doesn't happen that often on the street, if it does, you will have the skills to react - there's no time to think about it.
What is this "respected
" you're talking about?
Starting on a 1000 was fine for you - some people can do it successfully - but not many. Just because you did it doesn't make it a good idea.
Speaking of guns...As a former Range Officer and firearms instructor I can draw a few parallels. I've trained hundreds of adults and junior olympic shooters, some that have become National Champions. When teaching someone to shoot, I would never hand them a .45. I prefer to start new shooters with airguns. The basics are much easier to learn and comprehend when the task they are learning is simplified. After they have proven to be proficient with an airgun they can then learn to manage some amount of recoil - but I'm still not going to hand them a .45 Hardball gun. The proper basic techniques don't change, but there are more variables to manage. When they learn the proper techniques from the start it will be easy to apply them later.
As you learn a skill you can progress upward into managing more variables (speed, recoil, etc). But when you are first learning a new skill you can easily become overwhelmed and make critical mistake. Learning on a smaller cycle (or gun) will eliminate the amount and severity of the mistakes, and will increase your skill level quicker and safer.