Well Poolboy, my suggestion is to start slow, learn lots and dno't be in a hurry to 'move up' to that second bike. as for a first bike, try to ride as many as you can get a test ride on. A used Kawasaki EX500 would make a good starter bike fo you in my opinion. Lot of other bikes that would make a good beginner bike too. I'm sure more suggestoins will be forthcoming.