I bought a 650 and put about 4,000 miles on it the first month. What I was really longing for was lower rpms. The size and power of the Roadstar was appealing, but 3,000 rpms at 70mph was what really appealed to me. Then I stumbled on a great deal on one that I couldn't pass up.
In all honesty, it felt way too big for the first couple of weeks. It was sluggish in the turns, I was wobbly and felt top heavy and worried I had made the wrong choice, but I just kept riding.
The key turning point was learning to use the weight of the bike to my advantage and dance with it. The VStar was so light I could use my arms to throw it around in turns, but it was exhausting trying to do that with the Roadie.
I'm 5'9" and the transition came pretty fast, but what really made a breakthrough for me was the 4" Baron's kickback risers and a windshield that sat at nose level. Stock risers and a 21" windshield made me feel like i was a kid riding my dad's bike. Now that she's dialed in for me, I love that bike. Put 15,000 on Roadstars last year and a couple thousand already this year. I no longer dream of another bike. I just dream about how I want to customize this one.
Ben C - Cary, NC
2001 XV1600A Road Star
2003 XVS650A V Star Classic