It's true that 250cc V-twin motorcycles are the easiest to learn on, and you'll find the little wonders used in riding schools the world over. From that mix, we prefer the Yamaha Virago 250 and the Suzuki GZ250. However, these miniature cruisers have one major drawback—you're likely to outgrow them in a matter of months. The Vulcan 500 is a bike that's oh-so-easy to learn on, offering predictable handling, extreme maneuverability, decent brakes, a low seat height (27.6 inches) and light weight (477 pounds wet). Yet there's enough power on tap to allow you to keep up with a pack of big-bore cruisers if you work the spunky parallel twin. The littlest Vulcan is also roomy for its size, and we all find the ergonomics comfortable enough for a bit of soft-core touring. Best of all, it's only about $4700, not much more than the 250cc V-twin cruisers, which range from $3000 to $4400.