I have the Vulcan 500LTD. And yes its very much a commuter…. 2 weeks and 300 miles. I turn wrenches all day on automobiles and the idea of being semi hunched over on a sport bike already makes my back cringe. The Vulcan is very comfortable and allows me to situate myself on my long ride to and from work. My only caution on the Vulcan is the “leg room” at OEM may be cramped for you, but there are after market parts from places as scootworks.com that sell forward control relocation. I am in full agreement with six-shooter…. I would not go above 500cc for learning, but everything else is left to personal style and comfort.