Traded in the XVS 650 for a (second hand) XVS1300 last weekend, setup for touring by the previous owner. Rear tyre looked like 1500k to go before replacement. Took it out for a spin up the Putty Rd to the Grey Gum and was thrilled with the torque, ride, comfort, and all round setup. I felt the rear tyre was near its limits a couple of times. Coming back down Bell's through steep slow (25k) downhill twisties I was cautiously trailling the rear brake and thinking how unresponsive the bike was, presuming that I needed to get used to a much heavier bike, and worrying a bit about the tyre. Got it replaced during the week, and while waiting the mechanic invites me to have a look at the brake pads - WHICH ARE NON EXISTENT AND DOWN TO PAPER! Angry would be an understatement. A dealer has sold me a bike and I have been stupid enough to assume that they have checked everything, including the brakes. All night trying to sleep with memories of the Putty and Bells and thinking I was near the limit of the tyre, but not knowing I was way beyond the limit of my brakes! Big lesson learnt. Never trust anyone. Always check, or get a mechanic to check the stuff that keeps me alive.