Ninja Bike Forum Mod
Please see below...As for the power, it's all in the throttle control. Nothing is too intense if you use it in moderation and that absolutely applies to throttle control on a sport bike.
It's about the bike's ability to bite you in the ass when in emergency situations. If you try to do an evasive maneuver on a 250 you're never going to be doing triple digit speeds in under 5 seconds like you can on a 600 or bigger bike in the low gears. If you have a panicked reaction on a 600cc+ a highside or worse is almost imminent. In emergency situations it should never be about the horsepower, but you're ability as a rider to brake and evade impending doom.
I've heard of many riders who were 'mentally' ready for a big bike but then have an epiphany in an emergency situation where they've shit themselves when push came to shove in an evasive maneuver or twisty ride where they almost met their maker. Which is what happened in this case, he wasn't ready for the acceleration capabilities of the bike and when push came to shove it bit him good and hard.
There's a good reason that most of the upper echelon motorcycle racers and riders started life on 125s, 250s or similar. It forces you as a rider to focus on smooth technique to be fast and will allow you to walk away from hairy situations in more cases than any supersport (600 class) or superbike (1000 class) or God forbid a hypersport (ZX-14 or Hayabusa) will.