VS1300 is a great bike
take your time and ride like a cop is following you everywhere you go: stop clean and put both feet down, outside inside outside on the curves, practice your panic stopping gradually stopping harder and shorter every time you ride
and most of all respect the increased weight of the bigger bike - the muscle memory you have from your last bike will get you in trouble if you start riding on auto-pilot.
one thing I figured out when I got my Royal Star, I subconsciously had been doing this little twist on the handlebars when I stop on my 650, didnt not really notice it till I got the 1300 V4 and was a little sketchy stopping. Sometimes the bike would lean to the right instead of the left, and I had to throw both feet out - to fix that, when you stop, just as you come to a halt turn the handlebars just a bit to the right, that makes the bike lean to the left - always - very repeatable. Now I can calmly put my left foot down when I stop, straighten that slight twist out, take my right foot off the brake and plant it - like I have been riding Ursa The She-Bear my whole life.
The other thing that got me, when you stop a big bike on the slightest incline, as soon as you release the brake the bike will start to roll forward or back - you cant let go of the front brake at a light and push your visor up, or scratch your nose, and hold the bike with your feet - you want to have one brake or the other on all the time when you are stopped. If you know your visor is going to fog up when you stop for a red light, push it up before you stop, pull it back down after you get going...
its those little things that make you feel insecure on a big machine - once you get a handle on that, your confidence goes back up
once the bike gets up over 10mph - its as stable and solid as a rock.
Last edited by KCW; 07-22-2019 at 07:03 PM.