If I can get the opportunity to try an SV650 I’ll definitely try one. I see what you guys are saying about the speed, and it makes sense, thanks for the feedback.
Matt, nice to know there are some people from Ottawa here too! Thanks for the advice on Powersports, sorry to hear they ripped you off like that. With regards to courses I phoned today to find out theres a 2 month wait at Algonquin College and OSC is taking booking for mid September so I’m going to book with Algonquin. I really wan’t expecting to have such a long wait to be honest, but they said more and more people are turning to bikes due to gas prices and such. For the shops, Gearhead doesn’t seem to sell Kawa or Suzuki bikes according to their website, Wheelsport and Motor Sports World don’t sell Kawa either, at least new.
As far as buying new, I am very nervous about it. Like you mentioned chances are pretty good at some point you’ll drop your bike, especially your first one. The problem with me buying used is that I am a complete mechanical idiot. I wouldn’t know what to look for at all and after hearing Matt’s story, who knows more about bike than I do, it scares me even more. I wan’t the reliability of a new bike. I do plan on getting fairing sliders to give some protection too.