Welcome from the pacific northwest. Im in Wenatchee WA. I got my first street bike at 19. It was a 1989 Honda Interceptor 250 and I still have a little bit of a scar on my shoulder to remind me of the day I brought it home. Ride safe. That is my only crash since then and now Im 37 Knock on wood! It sounds like you have your head on straight. The 300 has quite a bit of low end torque and you can definitely take it easy at first and give it that mellow break in Kawasaki sooo thinks it deserves while you get used to it. It can really do so much more and I am not even shifting above 7k yet Have fun man. This is a great community.