Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Terrible Hole, IN
They are the most dangerous areas, IMO. Keep in mind though, just about anywhere is dangerous on two wheels. In towns with lots of side access to roads you just up the chances of someone turning in front of you or cutting you off. The people issue is there as well, as you've noted. Those are usually gone in an interstate/freeway situation.
All of the dangers can be managed by an attentive rider, however they cannot be completely eliminated. I think your plan is fine, though if it is for commuting purposes I would recommend the Ninja 250 or 500 over the SV, as I believe they get better mileage. If you're in it for the long haul you will see a return on your investment, however it'll take a lot of gas savings to make up for the initial couple thousand dollar investment in the bike and gear.
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