Oh I can't wait to see what this thread will attract
Well I posted an earlier thread about gear questions, so most of my background is in that. Now i pose a very touchy question, with many different answers. I've always been a big Kawasaki fan, and now for my first bike, I would want to go with a 2013 250, 300 or the 650. I'm really leaning toward the 650 (cue the flood of angry replies) but thats only because i feel more then comfortable sitting on one. It almost feels natural. I'm a big guy (6'2 220 lbs) and my bike isn't only going to be for commutes. I want enough power to have some fun in the canyons (yes only with enough experience), as well as long-ish weekend trips. No I'm not a young little 18 year old getting this bike with daddies money, and has nothing but the need for speed in his mind. This will be anywhere from a $5000-$9000 investment, so its not to be treated lightly. I know many people will say, start used then upgrade. This is an option, however i prefer to get a bike that will last me a long time to come. So the bottom line is this: I am a new rider, so is this a good choice for me? Mashing the throttle and going 130km/h up knight st. isn't my cup of tea, but at the same time i want i high quality comfortable sport bike, with enough power to get my comfortably into highway speeds.
Now another quickie: What's the insurance like, and what is the price hop between a sport and a super sport? I've heard of people getting insurance for like $300-$400, but i know that isn't going to happen in BC. I know it ranges from age (yay for not being in the 16-25 year old males, who ICBC considers to be suicidal) to reported accidents and tickets but ANY ballpark figure will help out alot.