Everyone that gets a bike makes the same mistakes before they take a class from an experienced instructor.
In most countries you have to take something like a MSF course just to get your learners permit, because it only takes one curve where you try to steer like a car, and go right over the centerline headon into traffic.
"my mistake was continually looking at the left for other vehicles while letting go of th clutch To take off.".. you have discovered the first rule: ALWAYS look where you want the motorcycle to go.
and if there was a list, countersteering would be #2.
BTW, one of my cousins was a MSF instructor in Vegas for most of his life: DD Jarosz.
Last edited by KCW; 10-26-2018 at 12:36 PM.