That all depends on you.
The KLR is a tall bike, are you tall enough to handle it?
The KLR is heavy off road.
Will you be off road? can you handle the weight?
You could always get a used KLR.
Well i'm planing to buy from a private owner , i've found KLR 2008 with 400 miles on it for only $ 4,400 on craigslist and the Hawk for $1,000 (i figured if i crash the hawk no biggie, as i probably wouldn't even get insurance )Depends... are you getting a loan?
I don't think you can get insurance without a motorcycle license and without insurance you can't take the bike off the lot if you have a loan on it. Something like that. I could be completely wrong.
I got my initial motorcycle endorsement with the written test then bought the motorcycle then got the insurance. I could ride during day and without a passenger. Took the riding test (not msf) a month or so later and passed and could do whatever then.
Unless you absolutely want to, I don't see any reason to bother with the nighthawk. On the road, the KLR isn't a big deal at all, it's really easy ride. I have never laid it down on the road, just off road on crazy terrain.
No, what I got was not a learners permit. I believe learners permits have an expiration date of 18 months, but endorsements never expire, just needs renewed with your drivers license. It's a full legal license just with night and passenger restrictions until you pass the riders course. You can ride forever on just that endorsement and no ride test if you want, but who would? Luckily, I was able to get in on the last riding test of the season. I think it's basically the same everywhere, but just go to the local BMV and ask.but i'd like to get some riding experience before i go in and take the class ....I like the route you took though , so the initial motorcycle endorsement (would that be a learners permit?) and then a written test and i'd be legal to ride, I LIKE IT