, welcome to the riding ranks. My advice is buy what you want at the price you can afford. I always thought my 1100cc V-Star Classic was my "entry level" bike or it was my "1st. bike" and that I'd be getting a Harley soon. Well, that was 7 years, two houses and 3 cars ago. I like the big crusers and want a Harley Fat Boy or a Heritage Soft-tail, but the V-Star is a good compromise (for now). Listen, learn and be cautious. Forget making eye contact with someone in a car wanting to pull out. Watch their front tires instead, will tell you far more than someone who can be easily looking through you or beyond you...
Have fun, pictures are a must!