Hey, I'm Chris. I bought a used 93 Suzuki 800 for my first bike. Never rode before except my msf course which was awhile ago. I've been just practicing down in the school parking lot and going up and down my quiet road.
Welcome to the Forum. Sounds like you've got the right idea, get very familiar with your bike and those slow maneuvers. As you get more practice you'll get more comfy and be able to expand your riding area. Good Luck.