Looking at a 1999 Shadow vlx and a 2001 Vlx .any major differences between the two years.The 99 has 8900 miles and they want 2000 dollars for it (private sale).also do they have the opwer to cruise on highway or are they around town bikes,thanks
My thoughts on the VLX as a first bike:
It fits the criteria of being very forgiving and easy to handle surpurbly. They are light, easy to pick up when down, and durable. And you can find some surprisingly good deals on them.
Also, one which you could consider is the 750cc Shadows. Though not as light as the 600, they are still very easy to pick up, and still very user friendly to someone who is new to riding.
Both will do around town just fine, but also do the highway with no problems.