Do yourself a huge favour and start on an SV650.
Why you ask???
- I just bought one already race prepped for $2500
- a 1999 is just as fast as a 2007 when built to SV cup rules (just ask Shawn Becker)
- Suzuki pays contingency for any SV650, no matter what age, and they pay back to 5th position
- Horsepower limit means you don't need to get a new bike every 2 years to keep up like with 600's and 1000's
- You can race a full WMRC season on 2 sets of tires
- Upgrades are cheap
- You can almost guarantee that you can sell the bike for nearly what you bought it for
- Since it's been in production for so long, parts availability (and affordability) are not a problem
- You will learn how to go faster and ride smoother on an SV
- You can race the Canadian Nationals on an SV, win a National title and still be alowed to compete in Am 600 the following year. The last 3 National Am champs are former SV Cup National champs.
Seriously, whether you race at WMRC, WMRRA, OMRRA or Calgary and Edmonton, this is the bike to start racing on. Give it some serious thought before you go and buy an '01 GSXR or '03 600RR that will eat tires, brakes and hardware faster than an SV. Plus, you now own a bike that is at least 3 generations old.
One ride on the SV that I bought (that had minimal upgrades) and I already felt my skills improving. All the bike needs to be FAST is emulators, springs a shock (GSXR or Penske) and seat time.
If memory serves me right, Shawn Becker did 1:15's on an SV Cup legal bike at Mission. These are times that fast amateurs are doing on current model bikes. Don't fool yourself into thinking that you need the latest and greatest 600 to race and have fun.
Feel free to PM me any questions or post up!