Thanks for that. Great points.
Rereading what I wrote above, “controlling speed with the rear brake” is not what I meant, but rather slowing down the bike with a dab of rear brake and, as you pointed out, imparting some stability to the bike at the same time. I’m not exactly sure how it works either. Maybe it has to do with inertia of the moving parts of the engine.
Since you have a Sporty, weight-wise, we’re in the same league (El Bandito weighs 505 lbs dry). I still have some anxiety about leaning it waaay over at slow speeds, which is why I’m practicing this. Well, not this week anyway. Non-stop rain here everyday since Saturday.