I have always preferred the 650R/SV650 for people who have matured beyond a certain point. Given the bits you've written I'd say its a good angle for you and ultimately could be the ideal bike. Its much more streetworthy than any supersport.
I tool around on my wife's white (and pink!) 650R when I want a relaxing ride with the option of smoking nearly everything around me. My Kawi ZX-6R is reserved for those days when I want to risk law enforcement intervention or I'm going to explore some back roads.
All that said, take the course first to ensure its the right thing for you. Then you can shop bikes and gear at the same time and perhaps get a good deal. You're lucky enough to be in a state that has many good gear shops, unlike much of the rest of the US. Leverage the purchase of your bike with helmet, gloves (with wrist strap), jacket, and perhaps boots and pants. Depending on your use of it might influence your choice of pants. Boots shouldn't have laces to avoid getting them caught up in your fast-moving chain, obviously. Pants-wise there are jeans specifically made for riders to avoid getting road rash in your first down. I've always been a leather fan but then I can change at work into my business-wear.
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