Late last fall, I bought a 1999 V-Star 650 Classic. I fell sick and could not ride before winter came. A couple of weeks ago, I finally got the bike out of the shed and have been polishing up a bit etc etc. Finally today, I took the bike out for a spin. It was scary because I had not ridden a bike for a long while and I had to ride on a gravel road. It was loose gravel and the front wheel did slide a bit until I got to the asphalte. My bike performed perfectly. It has less than 20,000 km (12000 miles) so everything is tight, no strange noises, transmission nice and crisp, great brakes but one mirror was loose. I find the windshield a bit high but it can be adjusted lower. I was expecting more vibration but that was not the case. Anyway, I was nervous. The exhaust noise is perfect and I hear it very well when I turn my head. I see no need for more noise. I got a bit sloppy and crossed the double line in a curve. Feels great to ride again. Feels weird having the foot pegs so far forward and I still have a habit of using my left foot for braking (I mostly rode English Bikes).