It really depends on your abilities and how you feel on a bigger bike.
Wise words. Wait for the Harley, you won't be disappointed.Wait and save and get what you want the first time.
I wanted an HD years ago and could not afford it, bought a metric HD clone and regretted it from day one. Only a Harley is a Harley.
The course is a great idea, I would highly suggest one....If you have any access to a MSF course (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) that provides the bike do that first! If you are brand new to riding you want ot get a feel for your comfort level before making a purchase. These course are required for us in the military but I got alot out of it even though I grew up riding dirt bikes and ATV. Riding around on their beaters will also give you a feel for the type of bike that fits you. Like Chief and IlWillie said too, depends on your expiriences and abilities.