In my area, riding lessons are mandatory in order to get your motorcycle permit.
One of my friend had just started riding and told me:
"You should give it a try, you are going to love it"
So I did, I took lessons and hated it
. We were riding some beginner bikes (250cc custom) and they were no fun at all.
I decided to finish the course anyways. At the end, they had us try out different bikes like a Ninja 250 and an and old RM-250. I did not care much for the Ninja but the RM was not too bad, at least the riding position was ok.
After that we got to try the Buell Blast on the road. The bike was barely ok but the riding experience was nice.
When I got my license, I decided to purchase a bike and try the riding experience.
After only two days of riding, I was already finding the Versys to be easier than the Blast, almost as light, engine more flexible, transmission is easier for a beginner.
My point is that I did not care for any of bikes that I tried so far and there is no way that I would still be riding if my first bike had been a beginner bike.
BTW my friend is riding a 2007 HD Sportster 1200XL... but we are still friends