That is one of the few non-cruiser bikes I was looking at, but the 650 version. If you like the 1000 maybe you should look at the 650. It is a dual sport bike that some people use as a sport tourer (at least the one I know that rides it does). Also it is available with ABS. I’m probably not the best for advice on first bikes, being a newbie too, but the V-Strom 650 is based on the SV 650 which comes highly recommended here.