I started this earlier and i think i am nuts to start a VK2 as my first bike, It was cheap-Ohlins shocks, fairing all the chrome in the world new battery etc. $4500. Too bad i will die and kill my wife on it. I found a 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD, at a reasonable price and would like to know if this is a good bike to start on before I fire up the VK2. I am 60 but 6' and 250lbs and a retired Marine. Still in reasonable shape. I have looked for bikes in the 900-1000cc class and i can't afford them. I make unwise decisions at times, But I want to ride and not kill my wife.