Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: California Central Coast
I think there's a Catch-22 kinda deal that applies here. In Heller's novel about a WWII bomber squadron, an airman could be sent home before completing his 50 missions if he were crazy. But there was a catch: Anyone who wanted to get the hell out of there and get back home was obviously sane enough to be concerned for his own well-being and therefore not crazy enough to be sent home. As Yossarian said, "That's some catch, that Catch-22."
Likewise with riding, if you're so desperate for more horsepower that you want to trade in a perfectly good 250 Ninja after 3 weeks, you haven't yet learned enough to respect and use the machine's capabilities and, thus, are not yet ready to move up to a faster bike. Spend another few months developing your skills. Ride twisty roads regularly, practice braking and countersteering and looking where you want to go, get comfortable leaning the bike. Maybe pick up a copy of Nick Ienatsch's Sport Riding Techniques or Lee Parks' Total Control and do some of the drills they suggest for improving visual skills, braking, steering, and throttle control. Until you've got some miles under your belt and possess the skills needed to get the most out of the bike, the last thing you need is more power to compensate for skills you don't yet have.