They forgot the Ultra Classic and the Boss Hoss. Clearly.
I took my licence test on a psychedelic '61 panhead hardtail with a 8 over glide and a bicycle tire with no brake. The cop said he never would have passed me if anybody else was there.
It was the only legal bike I could get my hands on.
Cross Country Tour.
We can't help it
We just keep moving
It's been that way since long ago
Since the stone age chasing the great herds
We mostly go where we have to go
There is not a perfect bike for any application, including for your first bike. I understand what lists like this are trying to do but I won't recommend anyone follow it to the letter. Some people would be more dangerous on a Rebel than on a Vegas simply because they just don't fit on it.
Rather than keeping with this type of list, look at the reasoning behind why they recommend or don't recommend a bike and apply that logic to your situation when picking out a bike.
My first bike was a Vulcan 750. For me it was the perfect starter bike. Why? because it was cheap enough that I didn't get upset when I scratched it, it fit my frame and had good road manners so I didn't get in trouble.
A friend of mine took the MSF course on a little 250. He is 6'5 and weights around 270 lbs. He sat on the passenger seat during the entire course. Not the safest way to ride a bike. There is absolutely no way I would ever recommend that he start on a 250. His first bike was a V Star 1300.
Another person I know started on a V Star Raider which is raked out with a 113 ci engine. Not what I would recommend but it worked for him.
My priorities in picking your first bike:
#1 Get one that fits you
#2 Learn throttle control
#3 The heavier the bike, the harder it is to recover WHEN you make a mistake.
#4 Buy a cheap used bike so you don't get AS upset when you scratch it.