Thanks @robbyk ! Nothing wrong with your 650. It’s a nice bike and if it’s your first bike, a very nice starter. If I may offer a suggestion? Not sure if that is your first bike but if it is, I’d recommend riding it for at least 2 years to get your skills honed before moving up to a dresser. The counter-steering and balancing skills you Garner now will become essential when handling a bike with a lot more mass. Someone mentioned here that “SLOW speed handling of a bike is TRUE riding skill”... they’re absolutely correct!Nice bike. When I get really comfortable with my VStar 650 and ready to move up I am going to keep this model in mind. I want a tourer bike except that I do not have the time to ride it on long trips.
When you get to where stuff like setting up a corner BEFORE you go into it, or counter-steering or looking through a corner... when that becomes second nature muscle memory THEN you’ll be ready to move up.
Any other longtime dresser rider wanna chime in here if I’m off??
Not trying to discourage your goals in any way @robbyk , just wanted to share some realistic milestones for you to reach your dream. 😁
In the meantime, enjoy the heck outta that nice 650 and always remember to keep the shiny side UP and ride your OWN ride.
Peace out brother!