I feel that I've made a somewhat important decision in my life to get a motorcycle. The only thing preventing me right now is the fact that I don't know how to operate one. I've driven mopeds and motorized mini bikes in my younger days, but I'll have to learn the gears/shifting of a motorcycle. I don't anticipate having any problems learning to ride, but what is the quickest time frame in learning to ride a motorcycle and get my operating license? I'm ready to do this NOW! BTW, my bike of choice for me as a beginner is the 1998-2000 Yamaha 650 V-Star Classic (opinions on this bike). I've heard they rank pretty high in reliability. My price range is $2000-$3500. I think I am more of a cruiser than a speedster. What do you guys think of everything?