I would definitely agree with not spending $7k on your first bike. I'd probably at the most spend like half of that and keep the rest to replace mirrors and plastic and such. You should also definitely hold back a chunk to buy gear. I am also about 6' 2" and my first "real" bike was a KLR. Even with my longish legs, it was a tall top-heavy bike and I dropped it an awful lot the first year or so I owned it, which I think contributed to it being not particularly reliable for the next couple of years I rode it. If I had to do it again, I wish I'd started on some sort of 250 dual sport. They're great "learner bikes" but unlike most learner bikes where you want to get rid of them as soon as you build up some basic street skills, you'll never not want to have a small dual sport around for messing around in the woods. (I would definitely lean towards a modern 250 like the CRF250L that actually does have enough power for confident street riding-- that'll probably push your budget up a little more than $1200, but should keep you way under $7k) Also with the NC700X mentioned above: my local Honda shop also had a couple of 2014's they just couldn't get rid of, which the dealer said was because nobody who compared the NC700X and the CB500X picked the 700. The 500 is lighter and makes basically the same power. The 500 would probably be a good all arounder starter bike.