I have a few mates with newish v rods and I stopped into the dealership yesterday to see what they are like. I told the salesman I was only interested in the v rod as the pushrod harley motors don't do it for me. Having owned a gv650 for 12 months I have done a few klms on a cruiser. I was surprised at how quiet the stock bike was. I liked the riding position and it was low and seat was really comfy. I have long legs and pegs were a bit close but that can be changed. I thought it was a bit sluggish down low ( I do ride a z1000 though) but once the revs got up there it was quick. I was quite impressed. I thought the gearing was very tall. Spent most of the time around town in 2nd. I started thinking the speedo was out as it got to 100 quick and easily. It was easy on the freeway and chugged along at 120kph easy. I found u needed to go back down to 3rd to get power at that speed. Being the heaviest bike I have ridden I found it very stable at high speed. I was quite surprised at its handling, It handled better than I thought. I tried to get my heel off the pegs to see how close the road was and how much further I could lean it before the pegs scraped. Would have liked to got down the old PAC hwy but salesman made me promise I wouldn't. (Dam u conscience) Overall I loved it. Obviously wouldn't keep up with my z but for a cruiser it was very fun. It didnt feel like a big heavy cruiser like I expected. I would love to take a hd street rod for a spin to compare how the extra height would effect the handling. For anyone who thinks that all Harley's are big slow fatties like I did I recommend u take a v rod for a spin. I think u will get off with a smile on your face.