Smart... cut your teeth on something manageable. You knew in your heart of hearts it was an unwise idea and probably didn't need anyone to talk you out of it, but glad everyone did. Don't intellectualize things too much... take an Occam's Razor approach to it. Get somewhere in between a 300cc to 500cc POS used ride, pop your cherry with a drop or two and earn your stripes like most experienced riders have done. Hope it works out!