There really is a lot of good advice trickling in. I am a strong advocate for ABS. Unfortunately not too many of the highway worthy beginner bikes under 6K have it. You are on ADV, so I am assuming you have some visions or dreams of traveling. Most people that find our site do. Is traveling something that you intend to do with your first bike? If so, you'll want to find one that is easy to accessorize. You may also want to consider buying a well priced used beginner bike like a Ninja 250. Ride the piss out of the thing until your skills have improved. Sell it for what you paid for it, then get the bike you really want. Dropping a $2500 bike isn't nearly as painful as dropping a $6000 bike. In fact lots of used beginner bikes come pre-dropped along with the accompanying depreciation hit!!! $2000 for gear is a big stretch. I have an attic full of retired gear that's barely used. I keep waiting to find someone who wants it for a bargain price. I'd fully outfit someone for $200.