I am 42 years old. My father always rode a motorcycle until I was 12-13 and then sold it for quadrunners. I have practically lived on a quad while working on farms when I was young but far different from a bike. I am completing my motorcycle class in a bit and looking for a motorcycle to possible commute during the summer months. I drive 50 miles daily with all but 8 miles being interstate highway. Everything that I have read talks about starting with a 250cc motorcycle but that isn't feasible at highway speeds and maybe my thinking of commuting as a new rider isn't feasible or safe either?? However I do live in Eastern Oregon and traffic is pretty light. I have been looking at a used 2009 Yamaha Vulcan 500. 2 questions: 1/would that make a good beginning motorcycle? 2/would it make a decent commuter motorcycle? I am also a pretty big guy I am 6'4" and bounce between 250-270lbs give or take a sandwich or two. One other question: what are some other good alternatives? I like cruisers. Thank you for your comments and advice.