Finally decided to upgrade my Kawasaki VN900 Custom, love that bike, I've just not been enjoying riding in all weathers any more. So high on my list of options was - protection from the weather. My local dealer has had the Kawasaki VN1700 Vaquero on their floor for a while, managed to get a pretty good deal on it and finally took the plunge. I've done about 550kms, and still getting used to the extra size and weight. Photos here with a couple of comparison shots of the two - Things I'm loving - the saddlebags - being able to bring along my regular work bag without having to unpack things for when I'm catching the train is excellent. I don't have to worry too much about leaving things inside when filling up with fuel or popping into the shops compared to the rack bag I had on the VN900. The protection from the elements. It's not perfect, especially if traffic slows down, but it's a lot better. Things I'm not sure about yet - the size and weight. I nearly dropped it manoeuvring to get off the pavement down a sloping bit of driveway to the street, the angle caused the bike to nearly drop away from me, managed to catch it but woah. Also parked it on Little Lonsdale near Queen, facing downhill because the pavements are tiny, but there must have been a bit of a slope towards the road because when I went to leave I couldn't get the leverage while sitting on the bike. I had to get off, lift it upright and while balancing it upright climb on. Not fun the first day I got it. Things that are pretty good - cruise control, not really getting all the benefits but it's nice. - seating position, it's definitely a bit more relaxed. - it has a radio, bit hard to hear when cruising along the western highway. - ABS and k-act - seems like reasonable safety bits. Overall, I like the bike I just wish it wasn't so heavy.