first bike questions, ninja 500R vs SV650
I'm planning on getting my first bike very soon. I've got no experience at all on a bike. The two bikes that I am considering are the Kawasaki Ninja 500R and the Suzuki SV650s. Before anyone suggests it, yes, I will be taking a safety course before riding, and yes I will definitly be buying the bike used.
Now for my questions. Well really my question is how do these bikes compare? Obviously this is a pretty general question, but I've yet to find a good comparison of them anywhere online. Any information people can provide me would be really appreciated.
I'm planning to use the bike almost exclusively for around town riding, hopefully not during rush hour. I would also like to take the bike on a short highway trip ~100miles when I get enough experience that I feel comfortable doing this. Another important factor is that I would also like to be able to ride with my g/f as a passenger once I feel comfortable with the bike. I'm pretty much not at all concerned about the bike's performance, I allready know anything I buy is going to be more than adequate performance for my n00bness.
I was almost 100% set on the ninja after sitting on them and looking at a few. But recently I've heard a lot of people recommending the sv650 over the ninja. I haven't actually looked at any sv650s yet though. The reasoning I have heard amounts to the following:
Ninja 500R will be very poor for riding with another adult passenger. Is this true? And how does this compare to the Sv650? The SV650 seems a lot more capable of handling a passenger.
The Sv650 is fuel injected versus the carbeureted ninja. I'll be honest that I have no idea why this is an advantage really, but I have heard that it is something I should consider.
The Sv650 will last me a lot longer than the ninja 500 will. Personally I don't think this will be a problem, as I highly doubt the ninja 500 will bore me anytime soon, assuming it can do the things I outlined above adequately. Do people honestly think I will get bored in a month or two by the 500? I understand it won't last me forever, but I'd at least like something I won't be bored of in a month.
On the other hand however, getting the Sv650 seems like a bad idea for the following reasons. 650 sounds a lot bigger than 500 and the whole point was to get a bike I would be comfortable on. So how much more powerful is the 650 than the 500? Is it going to get me into unwanted trouble?
The 650 also seems like a lot "bigger" bike just looking at it, after sitting on the ninja's I felt very comfortable on them, but the sv650 just seems like a lot bigger of a bike.
Also cost is somewhat of an issue, the ninja is a good bit cheaper than the sv650, but then again if I'm going to outgrow the ninja in a month, but not outgrow the sv650 for a year, the extra cost is probably worth it.
Also I probalby should mention I'm about 6' tall and about 180 pounds. And I'm in my twenties, if that matters.
If anyone could offer me an advice it would be very much appreciated... thanks!