Hi all. I just bought my first motorcycle, a 2006 VTX 1300C, 11k miles. I have literally never ridden a motorcycle before. I have a new rider course scheduled in a couple of weeks. After that point, I will get geared up, and just ride in no traffic areas for a while until I get some basic skills going. I am 6'4", so a Rebel or any 500cc bike just wouldn't have worked for me. I know this is a bit of a big bike for a beginner, but I've had several recommend it as a great bike. I am 39 years old, also a pilot (a few thousand hours), and have not received even a single ticket in all of my years driving vehicles. So, I think I have what it takes to start onto the beginner's path to riding. Just going to take it slow, deliberate, and manage the risk very cautiously. I am well aware that this beautiful shiny bike can very easily kill me. Baby steps here!