Highway winds should be no problem for the 1100. I had a Kawi Vulcan 900 and took that bad boy everywhere, even a 2000 mile trip to the Grand Canyon, and among freeways in Southern California - even very, very heavy winds in Lancaster and near Death Valley, winds where I had to lean A LOT just to keep the bike going in a straight line, and that bike is probably 100 pounds lighter than the 1100. I now have a V-Star 1300 and this bike even better than the 900... and I think the 1100 and 1300 are very similar in weight. I've ridden a 750, and that felt like it would get tossed around much more at highway speeds with a good cross wind, or turbulence from a semi truck.
**Edit... ok, I just saw the post with the weight of the 1100, it's lighter than the 1300 but still very comparable to the 900, and that did fine in the highways and heavy winds.
Paul does have a point that commuting on a bike is different than in a car... much more prep work, post work and logistics to think about, I've done it for work, and for me, it is worth it, but not all the time, depending on the day's events, but everyone is different.
Last edited by casilver; 02-08-2010 at 11:17 PM.