Originally Posted by .b0link
Well the only 2 bikes that I like to recommend for a brand new rider are:
Suzuki SV650 or
Of course, no one ever listens to that anyways. That being said just about everyone will just go out and buy whatever they fall in love with, but if you would like to save your money for after you have learned to ride a bit better, and not be dissapointed in the meanwhile, those two bikes are great handling, beginner friendly, forgiving, and yet not underpowered.
Also you can pick them up dirt cheap, and sell them a year later and hardly lose any money.
+1 for SV650! Loved mine and still miss it.
I would also add GS500 but I am biased because it was my first bike