My first bike and the one I ended up selling after I purchased the ninja 300 was a 2006 Vulcan 500. Overall I really liked the bike, however, it was extremely bulky for a mid displacement cruiser in my opinion and it was extremely cold blooded and messing with the choke every startup made me decided never to purchase a carbureted bike again. On the other hand it had pretty awesome low and mid range power since the same engine as the ninja 500 was used, it was really stable on the highway and it was dirt cheap on insurance for my first bike. With all that being said I'm happy I made the switch to the sportier side of motorcycles and the ninja 300 has surpassed all my expectations. So has anyone else started on a cruiser and eventually made the switch?