Let me Start off by saying that You're 100% Correct in stating that it "IS the Rider" more than Anything, when it comes to the style/aggresiveness/Speed etc, etc when riding! I am on my 2nd Street bike, I had a Kawi ZR7S(1.5 yrs) & now have had my `03 CBR600F4i(Last yr of the Split Seat!)off the showroom floor(April 1st `03) I also learned on Dirtbikes, since my teens, but let me tell you, depending on your state/city/riding style/friends you ride With etc, it's ALL up to YOU, How you'll perform around town, on the freeway etc( In the twisties!Luv em!!) Go to the SAFETY Class to get your license, is 100% a MUST for 1st time Street Riders( Invaluble Information you Can't get anywhere else!) Hands on & a plethera of Knowledge, you Really Should have & the Best part is, You do NOT have to go to the DMV after you finish the class, They Give you a Certificate to bring to the DMV, For your License(No Driving test!! which is a Pain!!) I did Not take the Safety class, but rather took the DMV test, the cost is around $150 or so(Look around for best Price!)
As far as the CBR goes, I'm a bit Older, so I Have the experience, the Bike is No joke, it's as Fast/Rugged/Aggresive/Mean etc etc, as You want it to be! I have a wealth of Info to give You , IF you want it! I've put a few Thousand into mine, to make it lighter/faster/More "Racey" lookin etc, and I have plenty of Links/Websites to send You, for Parts/Gear etc, at WAYYY Cheaper prices than local shops, or the "rip-off" Dealer!! Hit me Up and I'll send more stuff, I DO Enjoy telling experiences, giving info, and giving people advice, Also Check out my pics in the Honda section( HotHONDACBRCali) Take that SAFETY COURSE, You Won't Regret it!!!! Send a Reply & I'll send more stuff!! Peace Out to All 4 now..... Ride ON !!!!!