Take a look at some of the motorcycle reviews on this sight. Some of the dual sports might be something to take into consideration as well. Do not let your buds push you into a decision, if you get bored within a few months, no big deal. Buy used if you are afraid of out-growing a bike too soon, you may then use the money saved to upgrade. Riding 2-up is down the road a little ways until you can get in some good saddle time. Take a little time to make the best choice for YOU, it is your buttocks on the bike. Ride safe and God bless. Jon D.