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I've recommended to many folks to learn how to ride off road first. Skills required to ride offroad transfer directly to street riding, but not the other way around. Being a good offroad rider will make you a good street rider, but being a good street rider won't make you a good offroad rider.

Thanks for the reply. I live in Brooklyn, so there probably aren't too many places around here for me to ride off-road. I will look into it, but for the sake of argument: If learning on dirt is prohibited by my location, would you still recommend the "lightweight 250-400cc dualsport or supermoto bike" for the other virtues you listed?

FWIW, I don't really plan to commute with my bike (the train system here is great, and traffic is horrible)... It's going to be purely for pleasure on the weekends and such. Plus the chicks.
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