What is a good beginner motorcycle bike to start out with? thank you?

Hi, im 22 years old and i live in los angeles, ca. I just got my m1 permit and im taking the basic rider course at the end of this month. I am looking to get a bike after winter when it starts to get warmer. i don't have much saved up, maybe like 3-4 grand. i was planning to get a kawasaki ninja 250r new from... show more Hi, im 22 years old and i live in los angeles, ca. I just got my m1 permit and im taking the basic rider course at the end of this month. I am looking to get a bike after winter when it starts to get warmer. i don't have much saved up, maybe like 3-4 grand. i was planning to get a kawasaki ninja 250r new from the dealership but i've been doing research and people say not get a new bike cause i will drop it and its not worth it. I want a bike that will get great mileage and doesn't cost too much. i would really like to drive a sports type bike but i am willing to go along w/ a cruiser or so just get expierience. im planning to ride it for mabe a year or so and then move on to a better and more powerfull bike. im 6-2 and weigh about 150. what do you recommend i get? thanks a lot
Update: Thanks for the suggestions guys, i was looking at those bikes and i really like the honda deal w/ the free gear that you get. but i was looking to get an engine size 250cc or bigger, but i didn't know that if the engine is bigger than a 250cc then the gas mileage won't be as tolerable. thanks again guys for... show more Thanks for the suggestions guys, i was looking at those bikes and i really like the honda deal w/ the free gear that you get. but i was looking to get an engine size 250cc or bigger, but i didn't know that if the engine is bigger than a 250cc then the gas mileage won't be as tolerable. thanks again guys for ur advise :)

And thanks Robert, im gonna try not to get anything bigger
Update 2: thanks a lot john, that was lot of info :) but i appreciate it. but yea that does give me more of an idea of what to get or look for. thank you again
Update 3: thanks rayer, but w/ my budget i am looking to get something in the 3-4 thousand rage. but thanks for your suggestion
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