Hiya all, So I finally am getting to have the funds available for my loooong awaited upgrade. Now don't get me wrong, I still IMMENSELY enjoy my daily commute on my little Yammy XVS 250 V-Star. She is small and mellow, but she is faultless in nothing going wrong (Like an old Kingswood, just keep on GOING, low maintenance, great!) and looking after me as a noob learner since I had not ridden before and am now the wrong side of 45. A very understanding and forgiving mistress when I was a bit clumsy with gear shifts (oh that's right, that's a DOWN shift...) But alas, time to part with my beautiful little ride. So I have been researching for 6 months or more, and was looking at either sticking with crusier as I love riding mine, and a bigger one appeals a LOT. Or possibly a Sports Tourer where I am not hugging the tank. I really like the upright relaxed position. Sports Tourers are more sport than tourer, but I at least want to check some out. And in that vein, most research points to Honda's VFR800 as a class winner and ridiculous fun. That along with my Manager recommending a Triumph ST Sprint 1050 - as he owns and loves his so hard he cannot recommend it enough, has me currently shortlisted to.... Vulcan 900 just rode the classic (2009), have not tried Custom. I thoroughly enjoyed the TINY test ride around the block. Had to get out of there before throwing my money at rep shreiking "Take it all!! Give me that bike!!!!" I am going back on Sat. to suss it further, show my current as potential trade in, and maybe test a naked bike he recommends as they are more upright and something I had not honestly considered (thought nakeds were just sports without fairing, silly me...) The one thing I noticed was it takes some pushing to corner. That big-ass front wheel really needs convincing to drop into a turn - obviously compared to my XVS 250. Probably just need to get used to it??? Other than that a question for those of you who are in the know, I have read the occasional critique that it really needs a 6th gear. Comments specific to that? Triumph Sprint ST 1050 Looking to test ride one. Dealer has one. Will try it hopefully on weekend. Sat on one, very upright. Only a tad forward. I think my wrists would be ok, but any owners - does this tax your wrists at all? Anything to look out for? On my budget (under $7k) I am looking at one that has stacks of klm's, but my boss reckons they are bulletproof and good for at least 100,00 k's. Thoughts??? Honda VFR800 Sitting on one, they are definitely more Sports than Tourer. A bit surprising, and might be a deal breaker. Still want to test one out. They are rare, need to find one to test ride. The appeal all seems to be the VTEC and the dynamic boost you get with it. Looks like lots of fun, but riding EVERY day - not if my wrists are going to suffer. (there is nothing wrong with my wrists, but I ain't no spring chicken any more!) Oh, and one thing, I'll be ferrying kids to / from school on occasion (only 200m down the road, so no biggie) and have to carry a Laptop backpack to work as well as sometimes a packed lunch. I want soemthing with a rear rack or top box for A) laptop bag/Helmut/Kids school bag and/or saddle bags or panniers. I mention this as I don't know if this should influence my thinking/decision/shortlist in any way. So... Generally, any advice on Vulcan's? The Classic certainly was a beautiful BEAST and I was drooling after a short ride. Freakin LOVED it. Hella-power, had custom swept Cobra pipes that were LOUD (I actually thought they were a bit too loud) and was sooo comfy. Just had to really convince it to bloody corner. My yammy is like butter into a corner. This was a hard push on the handlebar. Also, any advice on buying from a dealer and sales tactics I should be aware of? I, like most, get nervous around them and tend to lose critical thinking. I really don't want to impulse buy.... Please offer comments. Thanks!!! - oh, and when I get something, if you are in Bris, lets go for a riiiiide!!!!!