I have just gotten my license and have yet to decide to buy a bike, or which bike, but I am close. I have looked for information everywhere on the web, and at at least 6 dealers. So far, your advice seems the most unbiased that I have found on the web. In fact, you sound very similar to the instructors at the safety course. I certainly don’t think you make motorcycles seem too safe. As information goes, you are the most conservative that I have found, which makes for an excellent contrast with all the “go big, go fast, no big deal” folks.
Except for the first year that I had my driver’s license, the most scared I have been when driving a car was driving home from a Skip Barber Racing School. As you have pointed out, the level of awareness and mental preparation of the average driver is inadequate. I can’t control other drivers from inside my car, and being on a motorcycle simply makes one more vulnerable. Preparation and awareness are the best you can do, but it is inherently more dangerous. That is fair to say.
But you have also pointed out that many of us do other things which are inherently dangerous (I have jumped horses cross country), and have to decide on the level of risk we are prepared to accept. How could you be fairer than that? IMO, the site is quite good, as is your advice.
Would like a review of the Ninja 650 though.