So I went down about 10 days ago and just heard back from ICBC that my Ninja 250 is written off. The search for the next bike has already begun.
Two bikes at the top of my list are the Suzuki Gladius and the Kawasaki Ninja 650r. While I know I didn't get to use my 250 to it's full potential as I had only ridden for two months, I got enough wheel time where I would rather invest in a bike that I could see myself keeping for years to come.
I am looking for people who have a fair bit of saddle time on either of the bikes mentioned, especially, if you have ridden both.
It's going to come down to my own test-riding, but it may be a late summer purchase so I would enjoy the discussion.
Oh, and if you have other suggestions of bikes, I am all ears. I will be trying a lot of bikes now that I am licensed and feel comfortable taking bikes out and putting them through the gears.
From my own readings and reviews, I am leaning towards the Gladius...but I had a lot of love for my lil Ninja, so the 650r is very tempting. I thought I had the fairings vs non-fairings option figured out, but as you can see, I don't. From the two bikes listed, you can see I am wanting the less aggressive up-right position.
I have seen so many riders out there over the last two weeks...very jealous.