For cruisers… the V500 is a great bike to start with. At 6′ 1″ it might come in a touch small. Forward controls can be had to help it fit. My uncle started on the Shadow 750 and it is a bit larger then the V500. With your mindset and you stick to it, I see no problems with it being a viable first for you.
Take the MSF first and foremost. It’s a smaller investment to see if you even like riding. After that , butt tests are next.