Yeah 1st gear is pretty sharp I have to admit but I change up as soon as I'm off and most of the slow stuff is done in 2nd. Not sure if you want to try this but it worked for me. let clutch go to biting point put on a little throttle and keep it there, slowly let the clutch bite leaving throttle where it is until your moving then change up and accelerate, now after a week I'm doing it without thinking and without the steps being noticeable and it has stopped me duck walking it away too. My previous bike a V7 Classic was really smooth away and you could do it in one step but the Street needed a bit of work.
Now my story, my driveway is sloped down to the pavement (sidewalk?) then a slight incline to the pavement flat pavement then a slope down to the road which has quite a pronounced camber. I usually hang around when leaving and the bike mysteriously finds itself parked in the kerb so husband leaves for work early and I have no choice but to get her out myself, turn her on to paddle her down the drive realise I'll need a bit of wellie to get her up the slope to the pavement. So picture this it would make Steve McQueen proud! I release the clutch just a little too fast in an "OH ****" moment I leap forward launching myself up the slope to the pavement, I clear said pavement miss the slope to the road I manage a sharp right turn missing the car parked across the road by millimetres and end up facing sideways across the road. All the while keeping it upright, this earned a round of applause from the window cleaner and a startled look from our elderly neighbour. Now I've been riding for over thirty years and I was still taken by surprise by this so please it happens to all of us don't let it get to your confidence. Change little things your not happy with and eventually you'll find what works for you practice! practice!.
Diane x (Evel Kinevel in training!)
Growing Old Disgracefully!