No offence intended Jeff, but reviews like the one above (motorcyclistonline) are why I stopped taking that magazine (Motor Cyclist) even though they were virtually giving away subscriptions for free. In fact, one of the dealers actually were giving away subscriptions to this mag for free; I still passed.
They, like many of the glossy motorcycle magazines, are all about pushing the biggest, baddest, fastest, and ultimately, most dangerous motorcycles, making anything less (i.e. practical every day motorcycles) seem like they’re only for losers.
They are probably the main factor in so many young guys buying bikes which are way beyond their capabilities to control, some of them winding up paralyzed for life or even dead. Where I work, we’ve currently got a young guy hobbling around on crutches with a broken leg from a super-sport crash.
Here is a more balanced review of mid-range practical sport-bike style motorcycles which are probably a lot less likely to get the novice motorcycle rider into trouble than a super-sport or hooligan bike.