A common opinion expressed on this forum as well as out there in the real world by, what would be regarded as, experienced riders, is that small displacement &/or ‘underpowered’ motorcycles are a danger to their riders & a liability out on the roads. This opinion generally covers bikes & scooters under 250cc, broadly speaking. Thing is, I always thought that as the legal speed limits in metro & rural areas throughout Australia are effectively attainable by a majority of these ‘underpowered’ bikes, in the hands of an experienced rider, the comparative shortcomings these bikes can be ‘ridden around’ and so wouldn’t be a problem. Ironically it is mostly riders new to motorbikes or those which may still be developing their skill-set on bikes who own & ride bikes in this category. Perhaps this has reflected badly on the net ability of these ‘underpowered’ bikes & their suitability in a real-world application, creating a poor opinion of these bikes generally. It seems that experienced riders do tend to gravitate towards high performance motorcycles where power, speed, braking & handing has been developed (in some cases) to beyond that of any other vehicle on the road. Together with technological developments at the sharp end of the motorcycle fleet like slipper clutches, traction control, ABS, variable power modes & ‘fly-by-wire’, all help make these performance bikes effectively easier to ride than bikes in other categories.