Always take what a salesman says with a grain of salt. They’re there to make a buck. A sales guy will have no problems selling you a litre bike as a first bike.
No used ninja250s in your local classifieds/craigslist/etc. ? I can’t believe there wasn’t an SV650 S/SF ABS in stock either although I can only go with what I see here in my local area dealerships…
Yeh, a BMW isn’t really a beginner bike per se and they are expensive. An SV650 model bike’s fine as a first/beginner bike and with ABS it’s icing on the cake. I’m sure you could have the dealer special order an SV with ABS with no problem. But as long as there isn’t a chance of getting a ninja250 period and you really really must have a bike, being a SV650S ABS rider as a first bike, I can wholeheartedly recommend an SV650 S/SF model.
And while ABS is nice, people have been riding forever without it. So don’t let not having ABS scare you off.
Oh yeh, Welcome! (-:
If there’s anything more important than my ego
around, I want it caught and shot now…