Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Aurora, CO USA 80013
WOW! That is a monumental difference in insurance prices.
Well, the 650R sounds like a GREAT beginner bike to me. I've sat on one, at it seems to be very roomy and comfortable. The bike was designed to be more user friendly and be more of an "all purpose" kind of bike- Sport riding, commuting, and sport touring. Based on the magazine reviews, it fulfills all of these roles quite nicely.
Plus, running low to mid 12 second quarter miles, with a top speed of 125mph, I wouldn't classify the bike as slow either. It definitely compares favorably vs. Suzuki's SV 650.