Finally sat on a Venture
Was out an about on Friday and stopped in at local Yamaha dealer. They've got a pretty good used inventory selection and there were a variety of bikes to swing my leg over on. Sat on a Stratoliner, a Goldwing, a few Harley's (Ultra glide's), A Kawasaki Vulcan Voyager and finally the Road Star Venture.
Let me say now, that my 5' 5" frame was having considerable trouble just getting it off the side stand. It is very top heavy (at least to me), and I can not see me trying to get my wife on this and cruise down the road. It's a beautiful bike, but one I don't think fits me. I can say the same for the Voyager as well; another top heavy bike.
I was very pleasantly surprised at the balance and seat height of the Goldwing. Very, very nice. I liked the bar position and it felt very comfortable. And, the Harley's were also balanced well, with a nice layout on the fairing.
So, in conclusion, for now I will stick with my 950. Miles are miles and I will enjoy each one no matter what I'm riding, but at least I know now what "feels" right to me. Of course, there's actual handling/peformace but that will have to wait for a future date.