Hey Forty Two,
For whatever it's worth, here's the take from a guy who has bought bikes because I liked the looks and bikes because I thought the functionality was superior to other offerings. I've made my share of mistakes.
IMO, the best looking bike I ever owned was a Harley Road King Classic. Metallic black with white walls, leather side bags and a fair bit of chrome. Man oh man, that bike was a looker. But it didn't fit me well. Not at all, actually.
I owned it at the same time I had a KLR650. A seriously ugly bike. Low HP, only a 5 speed, and questionable brakes. But that bike was the one that introduced me to adventure motorcycles, off road go anywhere traveling, and a totally different mindset when it came to why the heck I even ride these things. It was only purely functional. But really really functional. I loved that bike.
I've had a couple scooters with CVTs and they were a blast. But they weren't motorcycles and certainly not motorcycles with a DCT (though no one was suggesting that). I'm not arguing against trying them for sure. That's great advice. Big fun.
But, like I said, they aren't motorcycles. if you want to be a motorcycle gal, buy a motorcycle. I think your thought process about what and why to buy is absolutely correct. Keep reading the forum. These folks are on your side. Be patient and get what feels right. You'll get there.
Looking forward to seeing what you decide on.