Agree with the stuff before. I’ve found that the Japanese bikes are similarly reliable but the characters of bikes can be very different. I had a Honda Hornet 600 as my first bike after direct access and it was a hoot but the small fuel tank range didn’t fit with my commute.
Some giant trail bikes were easy to ride and suited my character more than out and out sports bikes, but they can all get a hustle on if you’re even moderately skilled. Modern tyres are better than most people’s bravery.
I dearly loved my ZZR1100 because it was so easy to ride; basically on the roads you’re only using 30% of its capacity so you could loaf along with very little effort. However if you need to somewhere quickly it was faster than anything except a helicopter. It always felt like a big, friendly bike and it would look after you.
I also had a Honda VFR750 which everyone says was a sensible speedy bike but I found it soulless.
500cc bikes are fast enough to be stupid on and are cheaper to run. I can’t remember what bikes my instructor used but it was an aircooled twin 500 and this thing was dropped at least twice a day, had the clutch slipped all the time and was generally ridden by idiots. Yet the only tools the instructor carried to keep a fleet of three running was a spanner to tighten the mirror when it got dropped again.