You're absolutely correct! As for rides- in your "learning" curve you want to keep things simple. Don't listen to friends and be influenced by "bling". Pay between $2000-$3000 on the first ride. You will without doubt break parts off your first bike doing something stupid (like forgetting to put the kickstand down or your feet for that matter). Something like a mid 90s Honda Nighthawk, Suzuki Bandit 600, the dogged reliable Yamaha Seca II, if you live in the sticks and want fun in dirt look at the Suzuki DR650 or Honda XR650. All can be had for cheap and easy to insure.Spend liberally on safety gear, take the rider's course and check out as many bikes in person as you can to get a feel for what you might want. Then buy used and bank whatever's left.
I'm 6'2", and I ride a GS500F. I put bar risers on it so I'd be more comfortable. But realistically, you should be able to fit on a 250 (yes, I've ridden on a Ninja 250 too) to 500 cc sport bike, and that would have enough power to tote you around without getting you in trouble. If you're over 6'6", then one of those might feel rather cramped.im looking into getting a bike but im barely learning and im a pretty big guy im like 6 feet tall and i dont know if i will look weird on a street bike what should i do i only have like 7 grand