hi again all. My dad recently passed away in February, and he had two bikes. a '76 sportster, and a '03 softail standard. I inherited the softail, and my brother took the sportster. we kept the bikes, because they were one of my dad's passions, and it seemed wrong to part with them, but in keeping them, my brother and I have both developed the urge to learn how to ride. Neither one of us have ever ridden before. I would like to ride my dad's bike, but I'm mot eager to kill myself, so I'm looking for a starter bike to get some experience. I don't know how die hard you guys are about harleys, so I apologize in advance, but I'm looking for a jap cruiser in the 500 to 600cc range to learn on. Some have said that the jap bikes handle differently than the harleys, so am I ok learning on something like that first, or should I fork out the extra money for a sportster? I was looking to spend about $1500 on a bike to learn, and I know I wont find a sportster for that. Also, my brother is gung ho about hopping on that old sportster, and just going, but it's been opened up to 1200cc, and an experienced rider I know has said that it'll get away from him real quick. I'm worried that his arrogance will get him killed, so please give me some advise to relay to him. the softail is a beautiful bike, and I can't wait for the day when I can ride it. thank you.