Why would making a bike easier to ride for a novice be a ridiculous mod? They are inexpensive mods for the beginner or novice rider and improve the very item that you say is important. IMO - any inexpensive mod that makes a bike better suit the riders needs are very worthwhile and far from ridiculous.
Originally Posted by Twin-shocker
In actual fact extremely good throttle control is far more important on larger capacity bikes than smaller. This is the main reason less able riders who are overbiked with larger machines than they really need, do ridiculous modifications like head spacers and slow action throttles!