My first street bike was big, hairy 1975 Yamaha RD350 that I bought new when I was a young Marine in California. That thing was 100% capable of killing me, and it tried to on occasion. My own lack of common sense may have contributed. It was actually a pretty "hot" bike at the time as it made something approaching 40 horse power (claimed). It seems that the tires were sourced from The Flintstones and the frame and suspension might have been a bit flexible by modern standards, but it sure was fun. Modern bikes, while far more powerful and much faster, also have better brakes, better suspension, fantastic tires, and often come with some miraculous electronics. I DO approve of the Japanese tiered license system and I don't think that many of us should start out on an R1, but the fact is that bikes are getting better every year. I sure don't want that to stop.