You say you think you can import an RE from "out of California". If this means you are in California, importing an RE into that state is all but impossible. Before you try buying one, make sure you know the problems that state gives to people trying to import something they don't like.
What are the good/bad points of buying a Bullet/Electra as my first "real" bike? I love my Kymco 125 scooter, but I run out of bike before I run out of road, if you get my drift. I would use the bike primarily for a 10-mile daily commute, on either back roads or interstates, depending on how late I wake up. I can live with a 65-mph speed limit (hell, I don't drive faster than that!) and I'm OK with regular maintenance and the occasional big wrench job. I love the traditional look and riding position I anticipate from a Royal Enfield. My wife will share the riding duties with a similar commute. The other BIG issue is that I would have to import a bike from out-of-California, but I think I can handle all that entails. What do you think?