That's why we have mechanics and why they in turn make a healthy living.
Can't say i've ever met a rider who had an ABS system 'fault'. I'm sure it exists but i'll bet dollars to doughnuts the % is barely worth reporting.
I would suggest an r3/ninja 300 or 400 if you`re brand new here. Insurance will likely be 30%-50% cheaper then a 600ccish bike. That way you can afford to insure it even at the end of the season and start building that insurance history.
You just need to lean on these people the proper way, like every other business, ask for the Supervisor/Manager and don't waste your time arguing with the clerk.
Years back my dad wanted to guarantor me for a Health Card as i had no other ID at the time. Service Ontario refused even though it...