Eh. Everyone is different. I think if you can have throttle control and take your time learning, a 600cc sportbike isn't too much for a first bike. But you MUST exercise some restraint. My first bike was an R6. But my prior experience with dirt bikes as a kid might have helped me.
Originally Posted by AlpineCloud9
Considering how easily someone could get hurt, safety is definitely my biggest concern. I have no intention of getting a fully faired 600c supersports bike nor going to track or any other racing events. Don't plan on being a squid either, and that's why I have gotten all the necessary gears (helmet, gloves, fully armored jacket, lower body armor) to protect myself. So you guys can cut me some slack on that
Being a squid is just idiotic...
You're definitely on the right path here. Gear saves lives. Period. However I DO recommend getting on the track. I owned my R6 for over a year before I went to my first track day. I learned more that one day on the track than my whole first year riding!