I hear a lot of people saying that sportbikes nowadays have "too much HP". I strongly disagree, and think this saying is really counterproductive.
1. People have ALWAYS said sportbike have too much HP, even back in the 80's with 140/150HP. And yes I am old enough to remember :(
2. Riders are in sportbike for the power, there is no such a thing as too much when it is manageable.
3. Even before the advance of electronic, the HP on a sportbike is very manageable, it comes progressively and linearly. Be gentle on the throttle. (not necessarily the case with two stroke engines)
4. Pass 50mph, you are dead in any collision anyway. A 40HP bike is capable of 100MPH, it will not make a difference when you are t-boned by a car. (Haters will hate, but face it, it is physics and biology combined)
5. The advantage of sportbikes over "beginner" bikes is that all the equipment is top of the line: better chassis, better suspension, better brake, better electronic, better tires.
6. You sure don't use 170, 200 whatever HP in the traffic during your daily commute. But track days are there so we can enjoy our sportbike, and it redeems all the misery we put up during winter time.
So please stop saying sportbikes have "too much HP", this give sport riders a bad press, and your insurance premium will go up.