First Bike was a Yamaha XT500 when I was 15. Had it for 4 years. 3rd accident I bent the front shocks bad and broke my left wrist. Sold it to a friend, he repaired it, broke both his arms in one accident. That was the last I heard of the bike.
So, about 5 years ago I did a drydocking on a ship I worked on in a South West African country called Namibia. Its in the Namib Desert. The shipyard took us out for a day of fun, quad biking on the dunes. Honda 250's. I there and then realised this was what I have been missing all my life at the age of 32!
Long story short, I signed off the ship, went on leave, and bought a brand new Raptor 700 off the showroom floor!!! Obviously after lots of researching! And got the wife a Raptor 350.
This is where we are at now. Deep into the bug!
In my opinion, the Raptor 350 is the best beginner quad out there.
If you live in the north you can get older barely used bikes with low miles or buy a bike from the north. I'd buy a used bike to learn on. As my dad said " there are motorcycle riders that have gone down and those that will go down!" I'm in the have gone down category lol.. IMO get a bigger bike too you can take it easy on the throttle to learn then the power will be there rather than buy a small bike and want more power once you learn. Just always respect the bike and pay attention to dumb drivers on the roads