Originally Posted by meltroha
Why would you want a motorcycle? Get a bike which is short for bicycle, how can it be short for motorcycle? They haven't been called motor bikes for over a century. Get some exercise.
They've always been called bikes, and still are to this moment. Usually the meaning--whether it be a bicycle or motorcycle--is implied by context: in this case, dresser/bagger, duel sport, etc.
Anyway, OP, I've looked into the HD Sportster as a newbie bike. It's "cheap," has decent power, and it's by HD, so you know you have as many options as you want. Plus, it looks pretty slick. You can find some with a couple thousand miles for a few K off of new, but all HD's hold their value for a long time so it's still an investment. Used streetglides are nice as well. I guess it depends on how much money you want to spend.