As Rogue said, it really depends on where you're at but that sounds like a good deal! Here in Phoenix I was able to purchase a 2014 ABS model with 14.5k on the odo for $2750. It had been dropped on the left side, but damage was very minimal(no fairing cracks, nothing crazy). A brand new one for that price (OTD, hopefully) looks good.
Also, good on you for taking a safety course. Just remember not to skimp on the gear! Ride safe, and welcome to the world of motorcycling!
Nice, I actually found an even better deal imo. A 2016 ABS model with 500 miles on it for $4k. Still under warranty. Comes with a nice bit of extras (slip on, fold out storage/cover, tank pad/grips, steering damper, a couple wind screens, frame sliders and more).
Going to pick it up tuesday.
Another question, since i'm new and have zero gear or know what fits. I was looking for suggestions on a jacket (for warm weather), boots, gloves, helmet, pants. Looking for something mid tier that will last, not too cheap but not the expensive stuff. (around a $600-$800 budget on all my essential gear)
Wanted to get some better tires if the ones on it are stock as well. (Herd good things about the diablo rosso IIIs)
Just make sure you are ok with the power. When I was buying my motorcycle people around me kept telling me you should start on smaller bike etc etc.
I regretted my purchase within 10-15 days. Dont get me wrong it is a good bike (probably the best 300). But for me 300 was just not enough power and this is the case for 90% of the people.
600's are perfect starting bike and if you think there is any chance of upgrading in the future just start on 600.
Worst case scenario I sell it and break even at minimum, might even turn a slight profit OR I hand it down to my wife. She wanted to ride but soon as I mentioned most bikes are manual she backed down. I think she could learn though.