shark88: Yeah, I know. I'm not trying to turn it into a sports bike. If I wanted one, would have bought one. I want a cruiser, but I also want to understand its limitations.
DACataldo/centurynick: Clearly you're leaning the bike more than I do because I don't think I'm anywhere near the pegs. Thanks, that provides some guidance.
Knifemaker: No, other drivers have already taught me how hard I'll need to brake. (Morons!) Fortunately, I have not skidded yet.
The 55 mph was a guesstimate - I didn't look down. I just know I was around 65 before the turn and slowed down before it. I do still look down and "think down" too much. For example, until the other day, I was still checking the RPMs before shifting. I've started using the sounds. And I do other things that need to become automatic but are not yet. Soon though.
I know. I remember the advice: "Don't override my skills." But you can't get better if you don't keep pushing yourself. So, I reach a bit at a time.
"stupid and dangerous" is a bit rough. I'm not talking about doing wheelies here. I'm not an aggressive driver, but one has to flow with traffic. If I'm going too slow and I'm slowing down traffic for no reason other than I don't know the limits of my bike, that too is dangerous. Ignorance can be as bad as reckless. Basically, I'm pushing the limits of my fears and skills, not the bike's limits. I think if you saw me ride, you'd realize I'm nowhere near the limits of the bike. I'm less than two months in and I'm still learning. Would you rather I not ask more experienced riders their thoughts on cornering? Would you prefer I just go test it myself? I'd love to have a closed track to play on, but that opportunity doesn't exist for everyone. So I go on fairly empty roads at light traffic times and I stay away from other cars.
I continue to value and appreciate the help you all share with me.