there's others on this board who ride or have rode cruisers before.. I did back in the day. as long as you ride, thats all that matters in the end.. alot of us speed freaks or twisty freaks, or both. We love to ride, no matter what. Dont worry, u wont lose face on this board just cuz u rode a cruiser b/4.
you can find killer deals on used bikes, that look and run brand new. I got my 2000 katana back in august for a song...there are tons of deals to be had..and IMHO, buying pre-owned is a great way to go. just do your homework on the bike(s) ur lookin at, and take someone along when you go looking that can check it over if need be.
and take an MSF course, u wont regret !