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Everyone is telling you “you always drop your first bike”. You don’t. I never dropped my first bike. If you’re in a place financially where a $7k bike isn’t irresponsible, then get a decent bike. Don’t buy a garbage bin $1200 bike that needs a ton of Official I Like Her Bobbers Shirt. You’ll drop that shit b/c it will drop out of gear on you or because the brakes are primitive. Get a modern bike that will be reliable and predictable. I started thinking instead of going scrambler Ducati/triumph to go this route because the bike will be more growable if I just ride in urban but seems like from the get-go even in urban it may too much.