Do I dare go for a RC51?
So I have decided to make the jump from the dirt onto the street. My first bike was a Honda XR100 at the age of 12 which I loved for years. Two years ago after an absense from riding for many years I picked up a Honda CRF450R. I never raced the 450 or anything, just ripped around the local woods ect. This weekend I sold the 450 wanting to move into a street bike. I do still consider myself to be a novice rider, and an obvious street virgin. I have found a gorgeous '05 RC51 with only 2600 miles for about $6500. I've been searching forums and found 1/2 the people think a street novice on an RC51 is just asking to die, and the other 1/2 figure you should be fine if you respect it.
My dilema is in whether I go for the RC or go for a 600rr given my past riding experience? I made the transition to the 450 from the 100 without any issues understanding it's a lot more bike, and am wondering if a similar transition is possible to the RC? The reason I am leaning towards the RC is because of the v-twin. I'm not really into winding an engine up to 16,000rpm and the peaky power delivery apparently associated with the 600's. It also seems VERY tough to find a clean 600rr that some 18 year old hasn't dropped 10 times and held bouncing along the limiter at every red light. I very much understand riding to my ability and not the bikes ability. I'm not some squid that feels the need to go 170mph(or 120mph for that matter) simply because the bike has that ability(perhaps I will have that ability one day). Of course I have plans to take my local motorcycle safety course prior to ever swinging a leg over the RC.
I would appreciate any input you guys may have since I have never ridden an RC or a 600rr , although I realize I may have kinda answered my own question.