I'm a n00b, with zero riding experience (except dirtbikes if that counts) and will be taking the MSF course at the end of the month. My local choices are: the Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD or the Suzuki Boulevard S40 I'm going to go bike shopping on tuesday, but I wanted some opinions. First of all the Vulcan 500 seems to have a bigger engine with liquid cooling vs. the S40's air-cooled 40 cubic inch engine. I would think the liquid cooling would be better, but would an air-cooled engine be ok? I'm looking at it from a maintenence standpoint. The less maintenece I have to do, the more I'll like it What about manufacturers reputation? From what I know both have a pretty good rep, but I'd like to hear some opinions. Final drive: The Vulcan 500 has an O-ring chain, while the S40 is a beltdrive. Does that mean the Vulcan has a chain, and the S40 uses a belt? Or am I completely off with this train of thought? Wouldn't a belt be more durable and quieter (aka less maintanence)? The Vulcan 500 is about $500 more than the S40 MSRP-wise, but how realistic is that price? Should the final purchase price generally be less than the MSRP? I've never had to go shopping for a motorcycle before. The place that I'm shopping at carries both brands, so that should help me compare the 2 side by side. Any suggestions?