Do yourself a favor. Learn your tailwheel and basic stick and rudder skills in something that requires stick and rudder skills, like a Cub, Champ, etc... You can find a decent flying machine for 20-25k and sell if for the same when you're done.
The RV series of aircraft are almost too easy. If you gain your skills in an airplane that requires you to use good technique, you will easily transition into an RV and be much more prepared if/when conditions require all your skill.
As far as simulator time and the aspects of a tailwheel: near useless. It would be like using a simulator to learn to ride a bike. You have to be able to "feel" what the airplane is doing.
I flew antiques for hundreds of hours before the RV. My transition training with Mike Seager was one hour with three landings. Done.
There is no doubt you can learn to fly any RV in a couple days with Mike or other qualified RV instructor if you have some time under your belt. I just don't feel that is the best path for tailwheel but there are exceptions.
Smart People do Stupid things all the time. I know, I've seen me do'em.
RV6 - Builder/Flying
Fiat G.46 -(restoration in progress, if I have enough life left in me)
RV1 - Proud Pilot.