Woohoo! First post... no more lurking for me.
I've been bitten by the bike bug. I'm looking to get an SV650S sometime late this summer, once I've gotten my license. The major stumbling block for me is finances... I'm barely keeping pace with my bills at the moment, and I'm not willing to sell my good car (96 Probe GT with a custom turbo setup) to pay for a bike.
I'm probably looking at a payment around $200 for the bike itself. I'd rather go for the new bike rather than a used one because financing ensures that I'll actually pay for the bike myself rather than depleting my savings buying it all at once. I also don't want to have to worry about stuff breaking on me while I'm learning... and the 2003 SV650 is damn sexy.
But what about lessons? Insurance? Licensing fees? I'm prepared to spend a grand on gear (helmet, jacket, boots, gloves, and probably pants) to keep skin on my arms, but what else am I going to need? How much is all this going to cost me?
Or in other words, how hard am I going to have to work my ass off to earn this?