So I'm in the same camp as the OP and second response in this thread--just finished my Safety Course successfully (did a lot better than I thought I would actually), and am just waiting on forms for my licensing process. I'm a 29-year-old guy who grew up driving manual cars with touchy clutches and way-too-wide gears at the bottom end, but I fully recognize that's likely an apples to oranges comparison with motorcycle transmissions, especially given utterly incomparable power/weight ratio difference.I'm from a different school of thought. As a first street bike, this is a lot of machine and I have witnessed firsthand how much more quickly bad things can happen when new street riders begin on this caliber of machine.
There is no drawback whatsoever to spending your first few thousand miles on a small displacement bike (250-400cc range) or a less powerful, simpler classic standard bike (older Honda, Yamaha of Suzuki from late 70's or 80's are great to learn on).
I have taught many riders and there seems to be a correlation between how quickly and thoroughly people learn and the type of bikes they chose to learn on.
The only thing one does by starting off on a bigger bike is increase their risk. If the Scrambler is the bike you want, work your way up to it and you'll enjoy it that much more when the day comes.
EDIT: Was able to look it up just now, has ABS! Hmmm, this is actually something of a serious contender now, the only drawback being what looks like ergonomics, no cargo capacity (somewhat the same as the Scrambler here), and it's hideous.I've been riding for decades, and I've owned over 30 bikes. If I were learning to ride today, I'd follow the advice of Asiaoildude above here somewhere, and buy a KTM 390 Duke; it is available in the US now, and I don't believe you'll get tired of it quickly. (And if you do, somebody will be happy to buy it from you, maybe even me.) I do think it's important to buy something very light and user friendly, as both attributes are directly proportional to building confidence and skill. It will still take you over 100 mph, power delivery is predictable and smooth, and handling is effortless. The KTM weighs >20% less than the Scrambler.
As several people mentioned, the twitchy throttle characteristics of the Scrambler, especially at low rpm, is not at all user friendly. Couple that with the harsh stock suspension, and you're likely to find yourself unexpectedly lunging forward after hitting a small road irregularity. Not confidence inspiring, and possibly painful.
On the other hand, if you are inspired and even obsessed by the Scrambler and must have it -- you should follow your passion. There are worse choices for a first bike. You might consider getting a Termi slip-on installed before taking delivery, it will help a little with the throttle. Maybe an aftermarket shock absorber too.
Okay, I might get I trouble here. So first I will be a bit responsible. I'm going to pretend your my younger kid brother though and shoot straight also. Your question deserves a pontification :nerd:. My brother would know to run now. He knows I'm the one without any common sense.So, where does that leave me? Is this thing so powerful that I could just never put it in first and just start off the line in second every time? Is there any level of adjustability or configuration that can add some tempering to the unbridled torque in lower gears? Am I guaranteed to massacre myself on this by accidentally gripping too high on the throttle?