personally i wouldn’t buy a brand new bike for a first bike- newER yes but not brand new- to much stuff to go wrong- I bought something way nicer than I should have (04) and I am terrified of the day I drop it- I’m going to be PISSSSSED. My roommate on the other hand has a bike 4 years older- had a been clearly dropped once at a stand still or off the kickstand itself (no slide marks whatsoever) and a few other little dings here and there but clean otherwise.
Mine is pristine for a ’04.
And the OH SHIT OH SHIT OH SHIT factor is overwhelming sometimes when you get a little unstable.
Go slightly more used you won’t sweat dropping it and potentially make a bad judgement call that could save your butt cause you are more worried about dropping it. my minimal .01 cent there for ya.