Welcome from Athens, Georgia!
I bought my 650 back in June and I LOVE it! I wish I had more time on it. I bought it to replace my Miata as my daily driver but my commute is only about 4 miles each way. With the rain and all the stuff I have to haul around, I've been forced to drive my Chevy van way, way more than I like.
Anyway, I was freaked out about the motorcycle license test but it turns out to be a total piece of cake - and I am not an experienced (road) motorcyclist. In fact, the test is so easy that you'll be kinda scared - after it's over - that so little skill is required to get a motorcycle license. Just think of all those kids on crotch rockets and big ol' hawgs that got their license so easily. ;-)
Anyway, the Georgia Gang is building! By next spring, we ought to be able to stage our own Georgia Scootercade!
BTW - even though I am a huge supporter of buying locally whenever possible, there are some incredible deals on jackets (with and without armor) and gloves on eBay. I bought a brand new, sweet, Shott leather jacket for $107 and a new Cortech Tourmaster winter jacket, with armor, for $46! Check it out.