Hi all, New to road bikes and new to Netrider! At nearly 39 I decided I needed to tick a few more things off my bucket list and owning a motorcycle is definitely a fun one to tick off! Now, not exactly the worst problem to have occupying one's mind, but I'm kinda stuck on what bike to purchase. I have looked at Harley softails my whole life and always wanted one and more recently taken not of the V-Rod..... so I figure a cruiser is probably the direction I will go sooner or later. Having said that I've tried to approach the whole process fairly open minded. I have sat on a few bikes of different styles, makes etc. At this stage the bikes I have liked the most are the Yamaha XVS650 Custom, the Kawasaki Vulcan S, and strangely enough the Kawasaki Versys. I'm trying to stick to the 10-12k range price wise, and as I am on my L's it must be LAMS. I have considered the buy a beater first then trade up approach but would rather just buy something I can keep for a few years while I save for my actual dream bike. I have tried the Harley street 500 and found it just horrible, didn't suit my body at all. I also tried the Suzuki boulevard (S40) but didn't like it so much. I just couldn't ride a ninja or similar sport bike.... the position just doesn't work well for me. I am 6'1 and a bit, broad shouldered, and about 130kg so i'm hardly a small guy. I'd be interested to hear if anyone has a Vulcan S with the extended reach setup and how much difference it made for legroom/comfort? I have only sat on one with the standard setup making the Yamaha slightly more comfortable for my legs but then I like the ABS and other tech that has gone into the Vulcan S. Also, any good places to practice in Sutherland Shire, the closer to Menai the better?