Purchase the V Star 1100 in September of 2001, was able to put on 1800 miles before Wisconsin Winter set in. Had it back on the road by the Middle of April 02. My Son has a 2001 Harley Road King and wanted to RIDE! We planed a trip to Malta Montana, approximately 1200 Miles from Mil. The ride was so enjoyable, we continued on to Glacier Nat'l Park, Seattle WA, down to Mt. ST. Helen's Nat'l Monument, back east to the Grand Tetons, up through Yellowstone Nat'l Park, up and over Bare Tooth Pass (10977 Ft Elv.), back to Malta MT, then back to Milwaukee. 5450 miles total. I am 55' tall with 31 arm inseam measurements, the V Star 1100 fit me to a "T. Added engine guards and highway pegs; they really came in handy. Picked up a palm rest for the throttle which added in holding my hands it continuously. The shortest day trip was 430 miles, the longest was 840. The 840 was tough on me not the Yamaha V Star 1100, My best gas mileage was going over Bare Tooth Pass, 55 MPG and the worst was during the 840 day, heading into strong head winds in South Dakota, 26 MPG. Yes my butt got sore but not that it became unbearable, Yes I hear that clicking noise but not at 65 and over. Had the V Star 1100 running at the speed limits in Minnesota, North Dakota, Washington, (70) Montana, South Dakota, Wyoming, (75) and greater when passing, Purrs! As of now, the best bike I owned.