I wish I had a better answer as to why I went with the upgrade that I did.
I knew that I wanted more power. I had my mind set on the Suzuki GSX 650. I went to the dealer and I said, “Gimme that one.” He explained to me that he would recommend the Honda CBR for several reasons. It cost the same as the 650. In his opinion, the 650 was more of a track bike while the CBR handled well in both street and track. He did ask about my experience and what I wanted it for. At no time did I feel that he was pressuring me to buy one over the other. I really felt that he was offering his true opinion. I don’t do track riding. I mostly use my bike for work and on the weekends for semi long rides.
So far I am glad I made the change. It took a little getting used to but now I am comfortable on my CBR. It handles like a dream and that power is just amazing.
Keep in mind that I am a 38 y/o rider that always wears safety gear and I don’t do crazy stunts. I truly enjoy riding and I am always cognisant of my abilities.