If you are looking for a bigger bike the Roadstar is a great choice.
I think the 2008 is fuel injected, the earlier bikes have a one carb and the HP was only around...60? 65? Look into it.
If you want more guts under your right wrist check the specs for the bigger bikes. The water cooled Royal Star bikes might have more HP / torque. I think the VS1300 might be cranking out more power too.
Im looking to get a road star next summer - preferrably a naked bike that I will ride solo. My VS650 runs just fine on long trips on secondary roads, and I get 60mpg with it at 60mph.... But I just like the Road Star.
BTW, is that a 4 hour drive now in your car? Something to consider, if you are going to visit family pack all your clothes in a cardboard box a week ahead of time, and send it ahead UPS ground, and ship it back after your trip. There is no real need to carry everything on your bike if you are going to one place, esp if you are visiting family.
One other thing, for a 4hour ride the passenger needs a seat and backrest that looks like the drivers seat. Those little Maxi-pad seats they put on the back of some of these V star bikes are just for riding around town.
Last edited by KCW; 07-10-2018 at 07:26 AM.