A bit of a loaded question preston, we are a Goldwing site so We all are going to tell you to get a Wing.
Here's the other side, you say New Rider.
Have you ever ridden?
If so what size bike?
If you are in fact a "new rider" take a Motorcycle Safety Course.
Most States have them you learn on smaller machines & learn lots of good techiques that will help you while you ride.
Give us some more info if you please & we can help better.
Larry your half right. The 1800 is what you meant to say
I think that the MSF is a great idea and then taking your time with a GL1000 is another great idea. Let us know if you get it and send pictures!!
Any bike will be good and you are big enough to handle anything on the road. A riding course is always a good idea; maybe beat some of the old bad habits out of you. It is all balance and any wing (although I've never ridden any other but the 1800) is a good choice.
Skills learned on the dirt are very valuable in how to control a bike in gawdawful circumstances, but there are 250's and then there are 250's; huge difference between an endura 250 and a comp 250! Basicsa re the same though. Lots have jumped into the deep end of the pool and did very well, but not all. A GL 1000 is not huge by today's scale, but it is a big bike just the same with startlingly similar performance #'s to the 1800's of today so use discretion and judgement over bravado and testosterone.