This is the most covered question on the site.
There's a sticky in the new riders or new members section, check it out.
Stay away from liters. Dirt bike experience is helpful, but far from all you need.
Noone wants to spoil your fun or to see you hurt. Start slow on a used bike, build your skills, then get weird.
I'm telling you from experience here. Don't get a new bike. You will drop it, even if at a low speed. Learn in gradual increments.
P.S. Any dealers you may talk to are not looking out for your best interest. They want money, you have it.
Don't listen to a dealer when it comes to a good bike for a beginner. People on this site have much better advice than you'll ever get from a guy who makes commision and/or flat out doesn't give a sh*t.
Last edited by sidewaysducati; 08-26-2005 at 10:03 PM.