I've read all the posts here about learning to ride and not going too big, I've gone out and got good gear (Joe Rocket, Teknic, KBC) and I've signed up at PRS to learn to ride. Right now I'm trying to figure out what bike I want as a first and probably as my only bike for the next few years. I'm going back to school in September and won't be able to upgrade for a little while. I haven't ridden before and haven't done any dirtbiking so riding is entirely new to me. On the one hand, the gs500f is easy to learn on and forgiving but I'm worried that I will outgrow it before the summer is out and then be stuck with a boring bike. On the other hand, the Bandit 600 is probably harder to learn on, a little more intimidating but I would be able to have more fun with it and also be able to do more road trips later in the season. I'd like to hear some opinions on the different bikes from guys who've ridden them. I'm also still learning so other suggestions are always welcome.
Thanks to all the riders who've posted on learning to ride and where to start, it's been really helpful.