Hey folks Whew, it's been a long time since I posted here - still remember my first beginner's ride with around 100 Netriders in NSW about 7 years ago! One of my favourite rides of all time. Since then I've kept riding my Kawasaki Eliminator VN250 2007, but after a recent ride from Sydney to Melbourne on it realised it's way past time to upgrade. I've also just punted an ex who hated the bike, which means I'll be able to ride it every weekend, exploring my new home state of Victoria. Freedom! I initially had my eye on the Indian Scout, but the July shipping date led me to check out the Victory Hammer 8-ball. It seems to be the better bike for not a lot more moolah, with a more powerful engine, super sexy looks, and the added bonus of a built-in pillion seat, which I hope to be using once I find the next Ms GunSlinger - this one better like bikes though! My question is whether the jump from the little old 250cc bike up to the 8-ball's 1733cc engine is way too big a leap. It's also almost twice the weight, at 305kg vs 171kg for the VN250. Now, I'm only a little guy, measuring 5'7", so was wondering what the more experienced riders thought? I'm going to do a test ride in the near future, but I'd be keen to hear if you think I'd be better off going for something intermediary like the Scout? Will they even let a short-ass like me take such a heavy bike for a test-ride? Note that I've never dropped my VN250, so I'm not a clumsy dude who has a close relationship with gravity. Any advice will be appreciated!