Tips? First bike? Have the MSF course under your belt, and get decent gear. Don't skimp on it. You'll be glad ya didn't. First mod for the bike? Frame sliders, if it doesn't already have a set. Plastic is *not cheap.
Yup, sliders[if you drop u r bike they will save the plastic and engine cover],
undertail kits are not so xpensive and they look great, for maintenance get
bike-stand, some nice cover and definitely learn [read thru forum here] how
to do some work on your bike to save money. oil change, collant..etc...