Find a triumph street triple or a sv or something of that nature. The st doesn't have the bodywork if you drop it and has a mild riding position. If you aren't 100 percent comfortable on that bike, don't bother ever getting a race replica. They have enough power to get you into trouble, but are very forgiving as well. +1000 on the gear. Jacket, lid, over the ankle boots, gloves are must have must use items. I walk with a limp for a reason, you are only superman until you get thrown from the horse, then reality sets in. Act like it won't happen to you, and be sure it's going to sooner or later. One wreck in 18 years of riding, but its left it's mark. Good luck and take the newbie jabs in stride. Believe it or not, we have seen this story time and time again, some end in happy riders being born, lots end up on the other side of the coin.
2013 Victory Hardball with ever increasing list of goodies
Retired k7 1000, with one or two things done to it.