Since moving to BC, I have definately undergone a lot of changes to my life. Things are definately different out west, and in my case, for the better. As i may have mentioned in other threads, Quebec provincial laws are very strict on motorcycle owners and especially on sport bike owners. For instance, even a small 600cc sport bike will cost in the region of 1200$ just for the registrations. Here the registration of the bike is not included in the insurance. The insurance will vary with age and experience, but in my case it would likely be situated in the upwards region of 2000$. That wouldn't be so bad, if a riding season lasted more than 5 to 6 months. In quebec, it snows in winter. In Victoria, it rains. However, from what i was told, the rain here doesnt come in the way of riding too much. It seems more like mist type rain and doesnt flood the entire streets. On the most part anyways. In Quebec, when it rains, it pours.
Secondly, obtaining a license in quebec is difficult. Even if you have lots of years of experience on the road and bla bla bla. It takes minimum 8 months of basic learners after obtaining it through a similar computer exam. The 8 months of waiting is only if you paid the outrageous sum they charge to take a course. if not you are looking at minimum 12 months. Then it could take another month or two for a spot to pass a sort of skills and road test for the probationary. The probationary is like the learners you obtain after passing the MST here, only way more restrictions. Including, riding with the dumb looking construction vest. ALL THE TIME. I know they are handy, and increase visibility, but dude...
So anyways. Now im here. Last month i purchased a CBR125 as an alternative to a scooter. Now its september and i need more power. I thought id be fine. IF i am going to keep a bike for 4 or 5 years and paying for it out my ass, i want it to be a good bike. That's why i recently CONSIDERED buying a 2010 GSX-r 600. The dealership near my base, has some very nice deals on these right now. They could take me out of my CBR125 and are willing to reduce the charges so i wouldnt lose two much out of my CBR. Prolly less than i would selling it once its paid off with the interest i was paying. I think i am looking at either 60 months at 1.9% apr and no payments for 6 months or one thats slightly cheaper but 6 years instead. Id rather go 5 or maybe 4 years.
Anyways, does anyone have any comments on the Gixxers of today ?. I'm really loving the look, but also the cool power switch. It allows you to restrict the bike at two levels or ride it balls to the walls. Which will be perfect for the first few hours of moving up from a 125 to a 600.
I should say, as usual, that im a seasoned rider... only outdoors, in the sand, mud, through the creeks, corn fields, down hills, up hills, in winter even lol. I've had dirt bikes since i was about 11 or 12. It's helped me a lot. Especially since driving in the street only needed to be combined with my experience driving cars daily for the past almost 4 years now. So all in all, its not too difficult. You just have to be more aware while driving a bike, as its easy to understand that anything that could affect you while driving a car, will be 200% more expensive or painful in a motorcycle. Keep distances, slow down in the rain, stay in gear and keep good traction.
Anyways, i know this is a long post, but let me know what you guys think.