I've completed my DAS and hope to purchase my first non-125 soon!
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I generally prefer the look of more naked bikes and could spend up to £3000-ish second hand.
Save your money - buy a cheap Bandit/Hornet/CB500/Revere for no more than £1500 (you could do it for half that) and have fun learning about bikes for six months.
By then you will have made the inevitable mistakes, learnt a shed-load about running a bike and should be able to sell it for near what you paid for it and then spend your £3k on the bike you really know you want.
Wot FJS said. Fall off, drop, something worth nowt rather than buying a decent bike. i leant the hard way. I bought a brand new bandit 650 for £3500 and lost the front when braking to miss a dog the first week i had it. It cost me £180 to fix it. I was gutted to say thre least!! I also got bored with it after 7 months and bought a Z750. I only got £2800 when i sold it. Good luck and enjoy the freedom.
I agree with what FJS said.
... get cheap bike, get some practice in, do some more training...
then, perhaps get a newer/more expensive bike when your insurance record will be better and you're less likely to drop it/bin it.
Good luck, enjoy, and ride safe!
I actually went somewhere in the middle between a bike that I wanted and a cheap one, i.e. a relatively cheap 600 sports bike - aside from the few weekends spent in the garage fixing the fucker I am more than happy with it... that said I would be pretty pee'd off if i dropped it and if I did it again I would buy something really shit so I didnt need to worry about it getting nicked in my shitty neighbourhood...
If you like naked bikes a friend of mine raves about 600 hornets (had his one for 6 years now), cheap this time of year too!
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It wouldn't have crossed my mind to spend 3k on a first bike after taking the test, and I still wouldn't pay that now really all things considered.
Just buy something reasonably cheap but tough and simple I'd say, so you can make a few mistakes without it getting too expensive (especially in London). Something like a Bandit, gpz500, diversion or a fazer etc would probably be a good start and all very cheap to acquire and insure.
Gain some experience then you can decide 'how much' bike you need.
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