Well, when I said it's my first bike, I mean it's the first one I'll own. I ride quite a bit, mostly thou's so that's what I'm used to, but I really don't need all that power.
And I know what you mean about keeping the front wheel on the ground. The bike I usually ride is an SV1000s and it took awhile to get used to having that kind of power right away. It also doesn't help that I don't weigh that much so it comes up even easier.
I am kind of partial to the twins though, so that's one reason I don't think I'd be totally happy with something like a gixxer.
I think the SV650s seems like a good idea. It's on the cheaper end, has the powerband I like, and it'll be a bit lighter than what I'm used to.