My compliments on your first bike for it is ideal as a beginners bike & from then on & at a later date or year, if you have the money, you can step up to something with a bit more power, yet the take-off is faster then most cages & can scoot you up to a good 90 mph.
Thing to do, once you get the bike, is try to find some parking lots that are not in use & do a bit of practicing as you took when in the MSF Course for this is YOUR bike & not the 125 or 250cc at the course. You want to adjust the hand & control levers to your liking plus what the bike will feel like in handeling. Espeially tight turns like in the box, to stopping to taking off.
Lots of chaps in your area & on this board that live fairly close to you, so you should not have any trouble in finding someone to ride with THAT will be a sensible rider. Personally I have riden ALONE most of my 61 yrs ofriding. It is sort of MY WAY. I also note that, in this area, a lot of riders do the same be they on sportbikes, HD, Cruises or Dual Purpose bikes.