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Ok guys, I got this one.
I would be an "expert" at this one, because of:
A) I am a Noob myself
B) I own a SV650S
I bought my 04' SV650S back in June and have never been on a bike in my life. It was my very first bike but I had a good trainer (my stepfather). I was already setup for the MSF course but had to wait about 2 months before my classes started. Now I have a problem with patience, so my Stepfather and I went out to some bike shops to check out some different models. First I took heed to others advice (here, beginerbikes.com, and others) and started checking out the Ninja 250. I sat on one and I swear it sunk down 3 inches and I felt like a giant (I'm 6'2 220lbs).
So I checked out a few other places and came across a 04' Yellow SV650S. Sat down on it, not really sure what I expecting to feel or to look for, being my first bike. I liked it. That was friday night. Went back saturday and picked her up. Of course I didn't ride her home, that's where my stepfather came in.
I got it home that night and praticed in the driveway. It was not easy just learning the basics of starting off and going parallel with the road. There were a few times I started off with my bike not pointed straight with the road and instead of tuning with the road, I went straight and ended up almost going over the curb at the other side. The throttle feels very touchy when your first leaning to control it.
Long story short, if I would have started on a 250 instead, I think my learning curve may have been better than it is. Though I may look funny, I would have felt more comfortable and possibaly be more experienced with my riding ability thus far. It has been done (I am proof), but would I recommend it? Start with something smaller untill you have built up some experence, then go bigger.
Well, thats my experence in a nut shell.