I second, third and fourth the recommendation that you go and take the MSF. Seriously.
It's pretty common to get a small(ish) first bike and outgrow it fairly quickly. You learn what you like about it, what you don't, and realize what you want in your next bike. That is why many people buy used, average, somewhat non-intimidating motorcycles at first, only to sell them within a year or two and get something that fits their needs. By then, they have some road experience, and may not necessarily die on that brand spanking new R1.
I would recommend that you do not get a liter bike as your first bike. The DL1000 has a LOT of power, it could easily be the end of your life. If you're really set on a V-Strom, please consider the smaller 650, until you learn proper riding technique and can control a two-wheeled beast in day-to-day traffic conditions.
I'm not trying to preach or discourage you, it's your life and you know your abilities best. But, this is a friendly, almost family-like forum, so I figured I'd give you my honest opinion.
2008 DL650 a.k.a. Road Warrior, member #16 of the Flat Black Club
2009 Aprilia Tuono 1000R a.k.a. Silver Thunder