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Getting My First Bike, Any Ideas?

Hello all, I have finally decided to act on something I have wanted to do for a long time now and get myself a motorcycle…my first motorcycle at that. It is something that I have wanted to do since I was a little kid but always talked my self out of (too dangerous, etc.). With that said I am starting to get to that point (just turned 25 this weekend) where I feel if I don’t do it at some point I am going to live to regret it.

I have my first lesson planned for thursday and I plan on getting a cruiser style bike and have been looking at the Yamaha V Star, Kawasaki Vulcan, Honda Shadow, and Suzuki Blvd. This is going to be my first bike so I was thinking something in the 650-750cc should provide sufficient power but not be too overwhelming. If anyone knows anything about bikes and could help me out at all that would be greatly appreciated.

It should also be noted I live in San Francisco so it will be a lot of city driving but I do plan on going on the freeway, and I am about 6 foot 1 220lb, so while I want something lighter to start with I am decent size. Thanks again

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