A serious question, or paranoia?
Here's my first question.
I'm a new rider, without a doubt. I started early '04 on a 2000 Honda Shadow VLX 600 and put about 2,000 miles on it. My wife decided she wanted it, so I bought an '04 Honda VTX1300C and put pipes/hypercharger/proper jetting in it. I've got probably 2,500 miles on it thus far.
Now I'm sort of bitten by the sportbike bug. I've always liked to ride those cruisers faster than they were intended, and recently, I'm dragging my pegsavers more and more on the VTX. I've ridden a couple of sportbikes so far, just light testrides around town. My friend's new 750 Katana (didn't get to test at any speed, just got a feel for the seat around the block) and oddly enough, an '05 Hyosung 650R, which I took a little farther out and built up some speed on.
Warning: For some reason, that Hyosung doesn't seem to have brakes. I almost crunched it after just nudging triple digits and slowing down to ~55 to prepare for a right turn. I kept applying the brakes harder and harder until I realised they weren't working, and downshifted my way into the turn sort of safely.
Anyway, I've been reading up as much as I can on sportbikes. So far, I like the feel and nimbleness of them. But honestly, most of these posts are starting to scare me off. Being that I'm probably going to have to purchase a used one, and the vast majority of used bikes I can get a decent deal on are 'R' models of some sort or another (For example, I've found an awesome deal on a '99 GSXR600) am I going to fling myself right off this thing and into the ER? Is any of my limited riding experience going to translate? Am I being unrealistic to expect that I will be able to ride this bike with enough confidence to grow my ability?
Ultimately, I would like to have a bike that I can ride many miles on without being in agony, and yet still be able to take it to the local track every now and then once I'm confident enough. And to add more difficulty, it has to be used, a good deal, and not scare me to death. To clarify, I'm not really asking what type of bike I should buy, I'm mostly asking if buying an 'R' bike is going to leave me disappointed and/or hurt just because I don't have much experience on bikes in general and almost no experience on sportbikes.
And if anyone's going to be around Lexington this Sunday around noon or so, look for the motley assembly of bikes riding around. That'll be us!