I recommend a new Suzuki GSXR if you feel need to get sportbike. They have A, B, and C engine modes with A being normal, B with slightly less throttle response and lower engine power and C mode basically cutting your engine power and throttle response in half. I think these 3 engine modes are great ways to gradually work your way up normal power, if you ever even feel need for normal power... truth is all these high powered sportbikes on the road never get pushed to their full capabilities, by sane riders anyway. A buddy of mine liked my 08 GSXR 1000, took the MSF course and bought himself one. He's had it for 6 months now and hasn't been in anything but C mode which is plenty fast and powerful for him to learn on. He's thinking by next summer he'll move up to B mode. He's a big guy, we're both 34, so body size and maturity with focus on living and enjoying the ride allows him to be mentally stable enough to buy a high powered sportbike with a built in baby step engine selector, his size allowing him to better handle a heavier bike.... don't live your cycyle life around other people's opinions. Do you and be smart about it. Be safe about it. You'll be alright.