This reminds me of a story a good friend of mine and I were recounting over last weekend when were riding in Tennessee and North Carolina in the Deals Gap area. We have been going there for almost 20 years now as a group once or twice a year, sometimes it’s two of us, sometimes it’s as many as 5 or 6 depending on the turn out. Around 10 years ago there were 5 of us and one was my friends coworker who had been riding sportbijes for years and was the best rider of his group. We left the house we were staying at and headed to the Gap as a group and then started really riding. Note, we all adhere pretty close to The Pace style of sport riding: ride about 70-80% of your “ability” and you have a decent margin of error if something unforeseen happens.Now...I can seriously out ride a lot of guys that have been riding their entire lives. I'm touting my ego like I'm the next MotoGP champ, but I can ride. I'm not trying to grandstand at all, but just like you mentioned and I hold high belief, not all of us are created equal. Some are better than others at certain things and have the talent to jump on a 600cc for a first bike and be perfectly fine.
After the first 5 or 6 corners we easily lost him, and when we regrouped at the end he pulled up and couldn’t believe the pace were were running. He thought he was quite the rider until he discovered you’re only as “good” as you think you are. The above statement reminds me of that.
Veterans aren’t scolding anyone about not starting on a 600 due to their egos (you don’t get to be a veteran rider without having some knowledge, BTW), they (we) have been there, gone through it, and realize what it takes to be a skilled rider for the long haul and maybe have even taught new riders to ride at some point. They also know because they’ve experienced it, that MOST people don’t have the mental ability to deal with multiple new things at one time so taking the consequences of poor throttle control and weight out of the equation helps the rider helps more easily develop the needed skills to properly control a motorcycle.I contribute a lot of the posts where veterans are scolding other new riders to not get a 600cc because of their own fevered egos. They think that they are so masterful and that no one can possibly achieve their Rossiness unless they get a 250 or 300 to start on. It's a forum people...you don't know who most of these newbies are in real life...
You started on a 600 and are now a mini-Rossi, great, more power to you. But know 99% of other new riders aren’t and you would not have been hurt by starting on a 250 or 300, even if it would have only been a few month. I can almost guarantee that you wouldn’t have had your track day mishap if you’d started on a smaller bike.
If you were to start playing guitar, would your first try at it be on a stage, in front of 5,000 people trying to play Eruption? No, you yake lessens, you start with Mary Had a Little Lamb and go from there. Same thing. Some people are naturally talented, EVH is one who never had a lesson, but most are not.
Seems to me like the fevered ego is yours.