I'm a prety good dirt rider. I don't really ever race, but routinely ride with guys who place high in various amatuer national enduro series. I can flog my CR500 right along with pretty much anyone I have a mind to catch. Recently I've been looking at Honda 919s and my all-time fav, the VFR. My wife gave me permission to get a streetbike, but I have reservations venturing onto the street. I know I'll only ride with ALL the appropriate gear, and will ride in a conservative manner. I intend to only ride on country roads, not in the city. I'm also aware of the risks, I've broken bones on the trail and still ride. Here's my questions: 1. How reasonable is it to have one of these bikes and ride it within the bounds of the law 99% of the time? Can anyone demonstrate this level of control? (I do have the monster dirtbike to work my crazy wiggles out.) 2. How "safe" in your opinion can a skilled rider make this pastime by wearing the gear, riding safely, avoiding city traffic, and riding in a group? 3. How does having a family (I do) play into this? Without the family, I'd be on a streetbike in a heartbeat. But then again, my family doesn't hold me back from bullriding, or dirtbike riding. Do you streetriders consider track-racing to be safer than streetriding? I've also been considering ressurecting a crashed streetbike for race-track (prectice day not race-day) purposes, as shiny plastic is optional on the track. I really want a streetbike to tinker with.