Ya I been ridding dirt bikes pretty well my whole life but don't worry I know that street bikes are a whole new animal. Should be able to get some decent rides in this year though. Really happy with the bike so far!
I know from conversations here, that motorcycle insurance is incredibly expensive in Canada.... what I don't know is what sort of mandatory training/certification is there?
Does it follow the UK model? Tiered licensing and on road testing?
It's also occurred to me that if you don't pay for any sort of medical insurance, vehicle insurance is potentially a much smaller hit on your income than the medical would have been. Higher than the US price structure, but you would 'net' more income overall?
Street bikes in general are much heavier than dirt bikes, and can reach much higher top speeds. They don't wheelie as readily, and grip considerably better on pavement. Sport bikes in particular have quite limited steering lock, and the ergos make it much more difficult to stand up on the pegs. Suspension travel is much less compared to off road bikes.
I know the fines for speeding are much more severe in most regions of the great white north, relative to the US, so being a hooligan is more costly if you are caught.
Take it easy, and never ride faster than you can stop in the space that you can see.....