That depends entirely on one's definition of "Average Size People". I drove a semi-truck all over the US for over 20 years. In any given state and at any given Truck Stop's Sunday Buffet... the "Average Size" truck driver was already well above the CBR300's load carrying capacity of 300lbs. But they got their money's worth off the buffet.I believe the CB300 would work for him unless he decides to carry a passenger. The owners manual for the 300 lists the maximum load carrying capacity as around 300lbs. Two average size people are going to push that.
... and lets not the forget the Yamaha MT07 the king of the middle size bikes
Up until a couple of months ago I would have agreed with you both, but... I've ridden the MT/FZ-07 back to back against my Aprilia 660 and it is the new king. The only clincher is its pricey. The MT may no longer be the king but is still best bang for your buck.... I bought an FZ09 and my current bike an FZ07. The FZ07 is the WINNAH! 70hp and sub 400lb. weight can't be beat.
Must be a personal preference thing as I've ridden these two back to back and I preferred the lighter more nimble 07.You like the 07 that much more than the 09? I got to ride the MT09 at a demo day this year and it was something...
My buddy has the 2016 model MT-09 like you had. Same issue with twitchy throttle response and poor suspension. I ride it in 'B' mode to make it less jerky. On my Aprilia I can change modes on the fly but on the MT you have to come to a stop and kill the engine which is really annoying as it defaults back to A mode every time you turn the bike off.my -09 was a 2016 and the throttle on it was really twitchy. Nothing that an experienced rider couldn't handle and the optional throttle settings helped out. However, it was a pain having to change setting on start up to the less evil throttle position. The bike defaulted to a more aggressive setting on shut down. The engine was very nice and I suspect that Yamaha has sorted out the throttle situation by now. I don't follow the FZ09 forum any longer so couldn't say. The suspension was pretty cushy and mostly to my liking since I'm an around town rider mostly. The exhaust note was nice too but not as good as a Triumph Striple. Loved the FZ09 popping on throttle closure while down shifting. The weight was in the CB500 and SV650 area so that was good. Right now, the FZ07 is really hard to beat factoring in its cost. Since I've satisfied my desire somewhat by owning a Brit bike, maybe sometime in the future I can swing an Italian sled.