Sorry, it's yet another "Which Bike" thread ... I've had a read over what's already here (which is both informative and contradictory!) so thought I'd see what the cruiser crew have to say about it. I'm a heavy guy (5"9, 215 kilos) with _no_ bike experience, but I'm doing the course over the Australia day weekend and I'm planning on getting my first bike for the commute from Eltham into Melbourne. I'm thinking cruiser because a) I like 'em, and b) my gut gets in the way on a sports bike! I'll probably sit on a couple of nakeds, but I've really fallen for cruisers... Anyway, for a first bike (that needs to be reliable, it's a bloody long walk home if something goes wrong!) I've come up with the following list: Yamaha Virago Honda VT250C Yamaha XVS652 Honda VT600C Shadow Any thoughts on which of those bikes would be better (or alternatives to consider) for a reliable commuter for a large guy needing a reliable bike without breaking the bank? Oh yeah, with no riding experience! Thanks!