How bad on an idea is it to be looking at a 17 KTM 250XC-W as a first bike?
Lots to be said for buying a new bike but they are big bucks. Quality used bikes can be hard to find but they do come up.
Add 500 for rad/skid/hand guards and tax and your 12g out the door. I have a 2013 and it's a great bike but I bought it used with 10 hours on it for way less then new.
Ask for a first bike. A Ktm 200 -300 are all great bikes and you will dial your riding style into whatever you get. They are all fun