Hello, Opticalmace, You are probably very confused after reading so many different opinions. I believe that the option of a trailer has not been mentioned yet. There are trailers specifically for motorcycles that can be rented (at least in USA) or borrowed from a friend. Unless your safety course included some practical street riding dealing with real traffic, you are not ready yet for dealing with traffic, bad road conditions and the controls and balance of your new bike, all at once. Practice in a safe environment first until you get very familiar with controlling your bike (it doesn't take long); only then, start adventuring into light traffic, during daylight and with good weather. You will feel when you will be ready for trying more complicated things, like rain, night, fog, heavy traffic, highway, etc. Congratulations and best luck !!!