Ok guys, I've got a question. Some may find it annoying, but I'm trying to be honest. I don't have much riding experience. I've recently got my licence and I'm trying to decide what bike to get. I want to do everything with it. Take it off-road, a little bit of adventure-touring, and in all liklihood a lot of street commuting. What I really want is a F650GS Dakar. The reasons for this are that I think I will be doing a lot of on road riding, and my off raod riding (I believe) will be mostly dirt roads/fire trails as opposed to hard core dirt biking. I've researched the F650 and I'm happy with what I've found. Money isn't an issue either as I put off my dreams of riding for a long time! I want to be a good rider, and I'm prepared to put the effort in to become one. Basically my question is this: Do I have to/Should I suck it up and get a smaller and cheaper bike to start with and learn on? I read something on a forum which went something like this "Mates don't let mates get a new bike as their first bike." I don't have any mates that ride, so I guess I'm flying blind a little with what to expect. This will be the first bike that I have owned. Should I suck it up and get a cheap bike to start with? Will I wreck the Dakar somehow while I'm learning what to do? Thanks for all your help and time, I know it was a long post. Cheers, Mark.