My limited experience, after riding since may. I got a used 2000 vstar 1100 custom, i have put over 2000 miles on it , have had zero problems, limited vibration, runs ok on highway, it has been right for me . i have taken it out in winter and had fun, in fact i just got back from a ride, temp was in 30s, i had to be careful though with all the salt and gravel around, plus the melting ice put a lot of water on the road, a good training ride. It isnt a high HP bike but is low and reliable, i like it so far. The important thing is that you find something you like to ride and can handle you really cant go wrong too much with any of the bikes mentioned. enjoy and ride safely, good to hear from you.