OK...after a 37 year hiatus I got the urge to buy a motorcycle. The last bike I owned was a 1974 Kawasaki H1. So after about two years of research looking at the various options (dual purpose, sport touring, cruisers, ect.) Got my motorcycle license endorsement then went out and bought a 2011 V Star 950T with 5128 miles on it. I've put 4100 miles on her, but let me tell ya, THANK GOODNESS nothing bad happened that first couple of hundred miles, it was touch and go. Anyway...what really jumps out at me is how much better these current machines are compared to the 70's, the fit & finish, the handling, the comfort, oh and the brakes....how did we manage to stop those beasts ??