Have you considered some 500’s at all? Like maybe the Kawasaki Ninja 500?
All of the bikes you mentioned would be good beginner bikes to start your riding career on. I did the exact same thing you are doing, I was too broke to buy a car, so I bought a motorcycle instead. You know what I found? A car is cheaper, but a motorcycle is more fun.
Sure a motorcycle might be a LITTLE bit cheaper for just the bike, but once you include insurance, motorcycle gear, MSF course, and maintenance then motorcycles become a lot more expensive. In my opinion you would save money by just getting a solid mid to late 90’s honda car and just driving that.
Here are just a few things I’ve had to pay for in the past month:
Valve Adjustment and Carb Sync: $300
New Tires: $300ish
Oil Change myself: like 30-40 bucks.
And thats just to keep the bike running. I’ve bought hundreds of dollars worth of gear and luggage for my bike as well.
Your best bet to keep things cheap is to get something like a 2007 or earlier Ninja 250 or Ninja 500. The bike will be cheap so you can buy some gear, and insurance will be inexpensive as well. Plus both of those bikes have really solid engines that don’t need a whole lot of maintenance. That’s my 2 cents.
Now, if you don’t care as much about finances as you do about looks and performance then I would consider the sv650 and the ninja 650 as well. Both bikes will easily handle the freeway and the twisties.
This is becoming a long rambling reply. I hope I haven’t turned you off of bikes, but I just wanted to let you know you won’t be saving much (if any) money by buying a motorcycle compared to an older car. Now if you compare it to a newer car that is a different story. A modern civic is going to be a lot more expensive than a modern Ninja 650.
~Best Beginner Motorcycles Admin