CBR500R vs CBR650R
Hi all, first post here. Looking for some perspective from fellow riders. I've had my 2016 CBR500R (non-ABS) for about a year and put about 4,100 miles on it so far. Bought it new, but it was leftover so I got a pretty good deal I think ($5,200 before tax, plus I put on a Yoshi slip on).
Prior to that my only two wheeled experience was a 150cc scooter that I bought as a joke and ended up riding a couple hundred miles on. I've also taken the Total Control Beginner Riding Course, and spent a few miles on my friends 2019 Ninja 650 (which I felt was an awesome bike, and I had no problem with the additional power...though I thought my legs were a little bit cramped compared to the CBR500).
Anyway, I really, really enjoy the 500. It looks awesome. It handles fine for what I do with it (and I don't have much to compare it to). You guys know all of it's advantages. The only thing I cannot stand, is how it sounds. Which is like an ATV. I really, really enjoy the sound of an inline 4, and I have ZERO desire to own a super sport bike. It also bothers me that I impulse bought this bike, and didn't even realize I could've had ABS for a whopping $300.
So my question, first and foremost, is does anyone have any experience on a CBR650F or CBR650R, and do you think with my experience above it would be reasonable to think I could handle that bike?
And secondly, would you guys think it's crazy to keep the 500R if I picked up a 650R? I'm thinking I might get about $3,500 on a trade, which is a pretty steep hit to own a bike for a year (I probably have $6K in the 500R). I can't see it depreciating a ton from here, and it would be nice to have a backup bike (maybe wifey wants to learn to ride, something to ride when one bike is in the shop), or I've read that the 650R seat/pegs/bars are a bit more aggressive than the 16-18 500Rs, and maybe some days for more casual, longer distance rides, I just might want to enjoy the relaxed position of the 500R (it's pretty darn comfy if you ask me!). Is that crazy, keeping two bikes of that nature?
I've been wrestling with this for a couple of months now, and lurking on this forum, and finally decided to register and see if I could get some insight.
Oh, I'm in my late 30's by the way, if that matters for the first question.
Thanks in advance. And thanks for having me!