Thanks for advice and know deep down you are probably correct.
Darn it though!
In terms of your skill level, where you are today is only where you will be tomorrow if you choose to stay put. A V-max, like any bike, has a clutch, shifter, front and rear brakes, throttle, handlebar and...you...for controls. It has two wheels and is rear drive. The only difference is what it CAN do vs. your skill and experience level.
I think EVERYONE should learn to ride on a dirt bike. Before taking to the street. Take a spill or two. Learn how the thing works, why it works, learn all the basic skills, friction zone, dragging rear brake for slow speed maneuvers, figure 8's, circles, cone weave, all of that.
Presuming you are past that and a regular street rider, 'somewhat novice' says to me time to go take an intermediate class and get sharp on the basics and reach the point where you consider yourself a solid intermediate. To me, that means you have the confidence in your riding skills that you could ride ANY street bike, properly and competently, right off the lot. That's not to say you can wring the thing out but, handle it. Stay within your skill set. Try and ride as many different bikes as possibly. Buddies, demo days, dealers that have a solid demo program.
I think EVERYONE should strive for at least that level of skill and competence.
From there, pick what you like, including a V-max and go ride that thing!
My first street bike was a Hayabusa. Knowing what it could do, being a little older, being honest about my skill level, having started on dirt bikes, I was nervous but, I knew I could handle it. Totally inappropriate bike for me but, not because it was some sort of magic beast trying to kill me but, simply ergonomics and riding style.
Work on your skills, always, sez I, regardless of whether you ride a V-Max or a 250 cc Shadow.