If things go according to plan, I hope to acquire a race/track bike during the coming off-season. The bike I have now, while fun at a place like Boundary Bay, certainly isn't a viable option and since I enjoy road riding/touring, it's going to stay.
What to buy? I was originally attracted to the SV650--I feel that the power delivery and amount of power would make learning a great deal easier compared to a 600. I also fell (rightly or wrongly) that the running costs would likely be lower--the bike shouldn't be as hard on consumables. However, I'm a little put off by the small number of SV's racing at Mission. And those that I've seen for sale aren't any cheaper than the 600's.
I see many novices on the 600's. Would you have done it differently and started with something milder, like an SV?
Not including riding gear, I'd like to be on the track for $5k or less.
Looking forward to your responses. Thanks.