So I've been riding my ninja 250 for a year and a half now, and have (pretty much) decided to upgrade. The question now is what bike to get? I think I've narrowed it down to two bikes. Either a Suzuki SV650s or a motard and I really can't decide. I'm looking to buy used, somewhere around $5000 - $7000.
I do a fair bit of city riding, some on the highway, and the occasional 800km or so day trip. I know the SV would be miles better on the highway, but the tards just look like way too much fun for everything else! My favorite thing about the 250 is that it's light and really easy to handle, and I assume the motard would be similar in that regard, though obviously a lot different to ride. Going on group rides though, the 250 does have trouble keeping up through high speed sweepers on any sort of highway and I'm afraid that a 'tard would be more of the same. What is a typical top speed for a motard, 120km/h, 130 km/h? Can they take corners at those speeds without getting really jittery? (I'm thinking corners similar to highway 7, not hairpins).
Also, the 'tard seems like it would be a blast to just go to an empty parking lot when I've got a spare hour and rip around, plus there's the F440 option.
For anyone that wants to recommend a 600cc supersport go ahead, but I've got a zx-6r track bike and I don't really need that kind of power on the street. I'd like to get out of 3rd gear.
So that's it, I can't believe I'm contemplating a "dirt bike" instead of a sport bike, so let me know what you guys think.