Originally Posted by Adv Grifter
And for riding on the street ... you better grow some Eyes in the Back of your Head. Defensive Driving will keep you alive.
For riding on the street, offensive riding is safer than being fixated on your mirrors.
Having enough power to get tf out of the way is safer than braking/swerving in most scenarios as well.
I'm not suggesting a 450 KTM as a perfect woods bike for a n00b. I'm suggesting it for the fact that you want/need a bike that will do many things well.
A light 450 plated dirt bike will do many things well. They weigh about 260-280 pounds depending on how much fuel is in the tank. That's about 40 pounds lighter than some of the "small and lighter" bikes above.