Yep there are some Sportsbike nutters out thereAs an ex fire fighter (and ex biker) I'd like to convince you to not do it. It's not you so much as how vulnerable you are and especially as you have a young family.
It's not difficult but I would counsel you get a 125 bike for a while first.
IF you want to what I would really recommend is a series of post test pass courses with an advanced rider ideally ex Class 1 police. That's what I did and he really got my observational and defensive riding skills to another level.
Last summer, one buzzed my OH so close that she stopped and called me - I was twenty minutes behind her. She said he wobbled, like he wasn't in full control. It frightened the bejesus out of her.Yep there are some Sportsbike nutters out there
One overtook me on Sunday on a B road, just before a brow in the road and missed the oncoming car by millimetres
I was high up in the truck and could see the car well before, but biker couldn't
I thought I might need the shovel
Just a track tool after I pretty much wrote it off:
Bet that heated up the arse sliding on the tarmac! I've been pretty lucky on the track with this current bike, haven't binned it yet but had a few long slides waiting for the back end to come back lol! I broke my ankle racing Supermoto years ago after a hero tried to follow me through after a pass.
If you don't mind me asking what was it. After a demo I'm trying to sort a deal on thison the subject of bikes,took a bike out a few weeks ago for test ride..bearing in mind i already own the same brand i was a little annoyed that i was only given a hour ride and someone had to come with me on another bike,plus the fact they even asked what bike i was currently riding,my reply of "i'll let you work that out as you sold it to me" was lost on the guy…today went to another brand dealership and they are letting me have their flagship bike for a whole day to do what i want with…my minds already made up
Was pushed wide on to the grass & the back went. All was good until the bike hit the Armco & barrel rolled but the real problem was that the engine kill switch didn't work so it was running flat out with no fluids. Lunched the engine - cost £8k for a new one plus all the other bits like a new swing arm etc. Should have put it in the skip in truth as I sold it almost as soon as I got it back.Bet that heated up the arse sliding on the tarmac! I've been pretty lucky on the track with this current bike, haven't binned it yet but had a few long slides waiting for the back end to come back lol! I broke my ankle racing Supermoto years ago after a hero tried to follow me through after a pass.
I'm guessing Anglesey is your regular track? Keep meaning to get a track day booked down there as I've heard it's a good circuit.
Ducati sports bikes are never going to offer the same levels of road handling and manners as the Japanese makes, they undoubtedly are a track focussed bike, all the things that make them uncomfortable, harsh, nervous bikes to ride normally, suddenly all make sense and turn it in to a fantastic track weapon.