After a hiatus of twenty plus years, I attended the 2003 Motorcycle Rally in Galveston, TX. What an experience, it was then I realized just what I was missing. Two weeks later I was bike shopping. Not really knowing exactly what I wanted I made the search even more interesting. To make a long story short, someone told me to check out the Yamaha, the minute I saw it I knew that I had a decision to make, Ultra Classic or Midnight Venture. Having read everything I possibly could and test drive both, the decision came down to warranty, price, and of course looks. The choice was easy, there is not $5500 dollars difference between the two bikes, Yamaha's 5 year unlimited mile warranty is clearly superior to Harleys' and the lines are just as nice as Harley or better. Only having the bike for 7 months and 1600 miles reliability should be 5 star and it is, the only thing I have done is check oil and tire pressure. As far as performance, all the bikes of same I have ridden with cannot touch my Venture. Due to the weight slow turns can take some getting used too, but once you know your bike no problem. Other than an occasional deceleration back fire I have had no performance problems. I would rate the performance at 4.8 stars. Comfort is a 5 star. The seat and feel of the bike is unsurpassed. Everyone who has driven the bike has totally been impressed. Vibration and noise is virtually non- existent, and the sound system is impressive. You have to drive it to believe it. The quality of construction was a pleasant surprise. The chrome has no pits or discoloration, and above all no signs of rust and I live on an Island where the salt water plays havoc on chrome. However, I have been disappointed with the latches on the saddlebags they have been difficult to open and somewhat cumbersome. They have ordered new latches and if that does not work they will get new bags. Quality is a 4.5. Overall I have been very pleased with my choice and would by another. I have ordered new exhaust for a more throaty sound.