I don't think you should discount a Yamaha 1100 v Star motorcycle. I'm learning to ride also and that's the bike that I have and it runs beautifully never overheats and I ride it pretty hard it is the most spectacular ride you will ever have. If you went with the Yamaha 1100 you would not be disappointed my friend that's all I'm saying. Then again it is a lot of power if you can't handle it well then.,,. It's also a very heavy bike. But that was still wouldn't stop me. If you took one for a ride you know what I mean you'd buy it.