More stuff I forgot to mention…
Make sure you title and get your bike plated ASAP. I took two business days to do so, and one of my neighbors in my apartment complex who elected themselves as “neighborhood watch” actually called the police thinking my bike was stolen because it didn’t have a plate. The funny thing is, at the time they came, it was titled in my name, just not plated because of the BMV’s hours conflicting with my sleep schedule. I still have the yellow crayon the cop rubbed over the VIN stamped under my handlebar.
Full face helmet or get out. Don’t get a cheap one, but don’t spend more than you can afford. You don’t need an Arai or a Shoei for your first helmet. But, if you have the money to burn, go for it. Scorpion are good (EXO-400 or EXO-700, I have both of), HJC, Not sure about Vega, and I would completely avoid Bell. Icon makes some pretty neat helmet designs, but I’m not sure how they rank in quality. Make sure it fits tight! Not loose! It should be tight. It will break in and feel great after a while. If it feels more like pain than pressure, go to the next size up. If a certain brand doesn’t seem to fit your head, keep trying until you find one that does. In other words, your first helmet fitting should be done in person, not bought online.
I know above I said to ride around in a parking lot. I wouldn’t recommend that until after you took your BRC class. Hide your keys somewhere where you won’t find them and sit on your hands until you’ve taken BRC.