I wasn’t suggesting I’d try top speed, but control. As an analogy, my good weather car is a 2002 BMW M5 (400 BHP) manual. I have no trouble driving it in city traffic or accelerating slowly if I want to. But there is no trouble going from 30 to 90 in third gear, fast (controlled conditions, track, legal…). When I let a trusted friend drive the car, they tend to need time to adjust to the throttle/speed.
I am worried about not being able to control the bike at low speeds, or about the risk of unintentionally goosing the throttle. I am less concerned about being tempted to go to fast on purpose. I am more worried about an abrupt throttle goose, or some other newbie mistake sending we flying. I want to be able to practice at low speed. With the smaller bike, it didn’t take much lean to put me real close to the pavement.
So, it is a comfort/balance thing, plus a desire to be able to maneuver a lighter bike. I can restrain myself from intentionally going quickly. I am also curious if, based on my extremely limited experience, that the more forward bikes are easier to turn precisely.
Anyway, no ego. Yes, I am cautions. I am less concerned about money than some, so can get the right bike. Does that help describe my issue. I’m pretty sure I could find a Ninja 500 (which everyone seems to think will be redone next year, and doesn’t seem to like), or a 650. But if a 250 is the right bike, I’ll do it. I can easily upgrade in a year if that would be better. I do wonder if, mechanically, the Nighthawk is as good as some of the 250 cruisers (Yamaha for example), and whether I should avoid the Nighthawk.