I’m a real noob so you probably want to take the advice of the more experienced riders before mine but I’d say don’t even try to make up your mind before you learn to ride. Then you can try out the different types of bikes and see which you like best. When I took the MSF class a quarter of the people there had already bought a bike. I’m not judging. I would’ve probably done the same if I’d had the money but now I’m glad I didn’t. I can’t imagine buying a bike without riding it first. I ended up buying a Virago 250 from the school and I’m really happy with it. It’s easy to ride, it was cheap and it gets great gas mileage. It’s not what I ever pictured myself riding but I think it’s the right bike for me at this point.