I'm curious to know why you found 125 2 strokes to be "starving tigers" in terms of control because my DT125R 2 smoker was and still is exceptionally easy to ride as a first bike. Upright riding position and nice wide bars are great for the taller rider. Admittedly the wheels are quite small but the wider bars help to keep any head shaking in check should a few bumps occur in the road. The 2 stroke power band is a thing of joy in my opinion. If you can keep it in the power band as you go through the twisties and up through the gears it's one of the most satisfying sensations. You feel rewarded for riding it well. I do accept they sound like a pissed off lawnmower though. Thats sort of unavoidable but I actually quite like it. I totally agree to regularly crack 70mph with stock settings requires a down hill run with a tail wind but it can be done. TLR 2 strokes rock!