One of the risks they discuss in the MSF riding courses is riding someone else's bike.
You develop a lot of muscle memory reflexes riding your own bike rather quickly, and it becomes second nature. When you jump on someone else's bike, everything is different and you are back like a beginner riding by the seat of your pants. Its a significant risk of having an accident.
I was surprised by a lot of things when I got my Royal star V4 1300 after riding my VS 650 for the last 6 years. The extra 200 lbs makes a big difference walking the bike around. The extra 35 HP makes the bike go like a bat outta hell, and like you mentioned the heavier tires and wheels makes it more stable, and it takes more push on the grips to countersteer it around curves in the road (it really wants to go straight and stand up).
Now that I have put 1000 miles on Ursa, my VS650 feels like Im riding a dirt bike by comparison.
There is a parallel with sail boats. Once you have sailed a bigger faster sailboat, you are spoiled and its hard to go back to your smaller one. Esp when you make the jump from a monohull to a catamaran.
Last edited by KCW; 12-07-2018 at 03:18 PM.