KISS - Keep it simple stupid
Being a simple chappie, I never really got the point of mega cc's, cylinders and kg's/lbs. Fastinating, but in the end they just complicate life.
Yes, competition is good, and singles rock.
Been there, done that with bigger bikes.... to be comfortable (and have a reasonable chance of surviving a mishap) at those speeds you need to wear too much gear for my liking. I have done 100 mph without a helmet; it gets a bit noisy.The CBR250R is a keeper for me. But the kick in the pants that a performance liter bike gives is unlike any other street legal vehicle experience that there is. If it's not one's cup of tea, then it's a waste. But if one wants it, it's the only way to get it.
As you suggest, each to their own, but for me motorcycling is sensual. 45 to 55 mph on a back road wearing an open face helmet, enjoying the smells and feel of the environment does it for me. There are thrills aplenty to be had on a twisty byway, a dirt road, or off road (though the last is not CBR territory), that can be discovered without having massive power on tap...... Power that is best utilised on boring highways, all togged up (might as well be in a car I reckon). Or on a track.