i have 2000 vstar 1100 custom. I am 250 lbs and get around on it ok. i am also only one year on the bike and learning. I just had a BAK and cobra slip ons added and they do incease resoponsiveness and sound. it sounds like you are going to be ok with your bike, based on yours and others experiences/comments, it really is important for you to feel comfortable with your bike and it sounds like it is working good for you. Glad you enjoy your bike, ride safely.