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Supermoto as first bike?

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I want to see other people's opinions on buying a supermoto as a first bike, as well as any tips. I have read that the seat is a lot higher than street bikes, but I would consider myself on the taller side, so I assume that wouldn't be too big of a problem? I have more or less decided on converting the bike from an enduro, as my dad used to ride motorcycles, as well as I have friends who ride motocross, and have supermotos, so they can help me as well if needed. I am thinking about getting a ktm exc 125, as to my knowledge it seems to fit the a1 license rules. Also to my understanding the bike is street legal, but I am not 100% sure, so if anyone knows about that please let me know. I still have a little over year left, until I can actually get an a1 license so I've got a lot of time to make as much research as I can, so any help is highly appreciated.
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I think an SM would be a great 1st street-bike. However, passenger accommodations are lacking.
My supermoto is my first "street" bike. They're great. You can go pretty much anywhere with it. They're relatively affordable and economical. I would recommend getting something bigger than a 125 as you'll more than likely outgrow it quickly if motorcycling suits you.
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The hardest bit for a new rider is moving the bike around, especially at low speed, in traffic etc. Su-mo should be great for that & even though they are tall they are a lot lighter than most street bikes so shouldn't really matter if you can't flat foot it....
A1 must be UK....

Something I found on the RAC website. They also list some bikes 10 of the best motorbikes for beginners | RAC Drive can't imagine the Sumo would be much different to some of those 125's listed. Probably lighter but my guess is also less HP. You have to do the maths!

The A1 licence
What can I ride with a full A1 licence?
An A1 licence allows riders aged 17 and over to:
  • Ride a light motorcycle up to 11 kW (and a power-to-weight ratio not more than 0.1kW per kg) and 125 cc (rough top speed of 60mph)
  • Ride without L-plates
  • Carry a pillion passenger
  • Ride on motorways
This is an exciting category: the choice of 125cc motorcycles is enormous and companies such as Honda and Yamaha sell convincing 125cc bikes that look like junior sports bikes.
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