Good morning all!!
Just joined the group this snowy morning. I'm not a VStar owner just yet, but I will be this afternoon. I'm off to a dealer to purchase a leftover red '09 VStar 1300 Tourer.
I just sold my other two bikes ... an '06 Suzuki Burgman 650 Exec scooter that I used mainly for commuting back and forth to work, and my first cruiser; an '03 Honda Shadow ACE 750. Although I'm really REALLY sorry to see the Burgman go (so much fun to ride), my new job has a terrible commute and there was a comfort issue for me on long rides. Plus, I didn't want my ONLY bike to be a scooter anymore. BTW ... I'd recommend that scooter anytime - yes, it was that awesome. The Shadow? ... well, I just plain outgrew it.
So ... after much research I narrowed the purchase down to two bikes the VStar and the VTX. I chose the VStar for several reasons... more HP, lighter, larger fuel tank, better fuel economy, fuel injection over carb., better luggage, and belt drive over shaft (probably the same reasons you picked this bike as well, if you were considering the same two side-by-side).
Anyway, I'm certainly looking forward to getting into this forum further. IMHO it's the best way to gather intel.