Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: San Francisco, CA 94112
Look at an R6 or a CBR600.
Where sportbikes on the street are concerned, speed is not (or should not!) be a big concern. A good chassis and strong motor are, not to mention good handling.
These bikes are plenty fast off the showroom floor, and mods can make them faster. In the meantime you can hone your handling skills, which will only get better with more seat time, as previously noted. Three years is a lot, but there is no upper limit to experience.
When you begin to find your bike's limitations in corners, braking, response, etc., you'll begin modding it accordingly. As that happens, you'll find the real meaning of speed and what it can do for you.