Hey everyone, thought I would share my very first bike with you all. It's an '04 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom. Bought it just a couple weeks ago with only 250 miles on it. CycleTrader photo: For years I had always imagined starting on a Ninja 500, then moving up to a Honda F4i. But I had suddenly become entranced with the look of a cruiser. The low seat height of a cruiser is great. The riding position is comfy. Most people my age (mid 20's) only ride sportbikes (and swear a 600cc crotch rocket is a good starter). Well, I have no desire to ride like an idiot, move at 100+ mph, pop wheelies on the road, etc. I knew my first bike would be slower than my car (mid 12-sec. Buick when it was running), and that was ok with me. A smaller engine has plenty of benefits: safer for a beginner, better on gas, cheaper to buy, cheaper to insure, lighter overall weight, etc. I started out just riding around my neighborhood, then hitting the street, avoiding major intersections and high-traffic times of the day. I've put a little over 50 miles on it so far and love it. It came with a Vance & Hines exhaust, but had not been rejetted. I fixed that a couple days ago (first time ever taking a carb apart). I still have to shim the needles, then balance the carbs... so once I tune it in this week, I can't wait to see how it runs. Once I know it's right, then I will venture further with caution. Even for my small trips up and down the street I wear my leather jacket and helmet (in this crazy heat), this was just a demo ride around the neighborhood block to show my mom and sister... I didn't realize my sis had snagged her camera: Black w/ chrome is the only way to go! It's got a big-boy look to it with a beginner-friendly air-cooled engine. Another plus is the shaft-drive. Other cruisers I had considered were the Shadow Spirit 750, Vulcan 500, and maybe the Suzuki S40 (650cc thumper). I am quite happy with my decision. Despite what my peers tell me, I don't think I will "hate myself" for my decision and I don't think I will "outgrow it in a month." Also, I took the MSF beginners course about a month ago and highly recommend it. Well, if you read all the way through this boring rambling post, thanks!