I'm new to riding and have fallen in love with the Honda Shadow. I'm looking at buying my first bike soon and eager to start riding.
Welcome to HSN.
New to riding, looking for first bike, you say.
Also look for where/how to sign up for a MSF basic class. Around here the state substidised classes (your cost $30) fill up during the winter for all of the spring & summer. Otherwize there are the 2-3-4 hundred dollar classes.
I also suggest you put your general location in user profile. Maybe some other folks nearby.