Yeah - I agree with most of this.
A 100+ horsepower, tall, heavy, fully faired superbike is not a good starter or second, or probably third for that matter, bike.
I think the ship has sailed but I recommend you look into something smaller, lighter and shorter to develop basic street skills and confidence. Confidence being the KEY ingredient and control being the second IMHO. The SV 650 being the best bike out there for stuff like this.
It is really hard to develop riding skills and confidence - real confidence - on a bike that you dont have the skills to properly explore the limits of.
To add to SubSailors first post:
-You will drop your first bike. I didn't belive it when I was told....but....
-You will drop your first bike.... It may not be a down the road kind of drop, maybe a slightly off kilter driveway, sand in an intersection, slick lane paint, something stupid like that. For me it was putting the bike on a rear stand, which i had done a dozen times before, and one of the brackets did not line up right and over she went....(Not the RC) If you do something like that it will cost you a small fortune to replace/repair (See point above re: streetfighter).
Take the MSF course...
Take the advanced riding course...
Other than that, be safe and welcome to the community
The RC51 is NOT a first time sportbike! They are like no other sportbike out there! Tempermental and rough around the edges! (in a good way, to us RC owners) An inline 4 would be better for a first sportbike!
Be careful in whatever you decide! Ride the Goldwing for the summer and get used to riding as a whole!