Before starting my rant and getting flamed, let me just say for newcomers to riding bikes, much of this may not be relevant. Having ridden a number of mid-size cruisers recently, I must question the old power question. Although they seem reasonable under the limited test ride conditions, I'm wondering whether I would quickly get fed up and be in a position where I want to upgrade within 6 months and in the process lose thousand dollars in depreciation and be offered some ridiculous trade-in value. The mere fact that I stated they "seem reasonable" rather than "bloody fantastic' after getting off a new test ride, immediately raises alarm bells for me. I guess it's all relative really and from whence you come. For me, being used to large sports bike power, it probably won't matter what cruiser I ride, I am never going to get anywhere close to what I'm used to. I understand that fully and am comfortable with this and I recognise that ridiculous power is not what cruising is all about, but I still get this gut feeling, that the power of a mid-size cruiser may not be the best choice for me. I love the look, feel and agility of the mid-size cruiser and lets not forget the terrific value, but I while test riding I couldn't help concluding how much bloody better these bikes would be with a few more horses, not many, just a few without any other changes. Keep the same brakes, tyres, suspension etc, just get a few more horses. It would seem that with the current bunch of cruisers, there does not seem to be a compromise, you either go all out for a big heavy less nimble brute that costs twice as much or have to settle for a mid-size that is brilliant in all areas, but a bike that to me feels slightly underpowered. Am I missing some cruiser that is in the market place that fills this void? I often see in the posts here and elsewhere when people upgrade, they usually get a bigger more powerful bike and such behaviour is no doubt just a natural progression, the point being here that taking all other factors into account including the type of riding that is undertaken, it appears that horsepower is a significant factor. Its very rare you see someone comment that the bike is too powerful for me. Soorry for the longish post guys, comments sought and welcomed.