I owned a 2006 Honda Silverwing Scooter and I loved it, just turn and go, nice. I took a long trip on it and I had thoughts about if it could hold up for a really long tour (not that I plan one, but if I wanted to). The ST1300 was one of three Honda bikes that I looked at, along with Scootie, I also looked at the VTX1300C - three totally different bikes, that I loved for three different reasons - any of which would be enough to buy any of the three... long story short, I now have the ST1300. The power, comfort, build quality and everything about the bike that I can think of is wonderful. The dealer let me take one for a test drive, the ABS model, I was ready to buy it right then and there, but as I did not want the ABS version, I ordered the non ABS one - which is what I bought. I had to wait for a few days until they uncrated it. When I picked mine up, another customer had also purchased one as it was next to mine awaiting pick up. I basically love everything about the bike except my shortness. I have about a 29 inch inseam, and the bike is about 31 inches high, so I cannot sit flat footed. While the bike is indeed heavy, it rides like everyone says, light and nimble. The gas mileage is wonderful and I love the big tanks. My mileage for now is avg. around 38 MPG. I think it will avg out better over time and after break in, but Scootie got 42 mpg, so this is awesome so far! The other thing I have concern about is passenger comfort. My wife is slim and about the same height as me, when we rode the other day to see how we feel about it two up, she was sliding all over the darn place, slick seat, light wife, shifting and braking make for a lot of movement for my little girl back there. I looked at some after market seats, but am not convinced that a new one would be prudent as neither of us wants to break the sexy look of this bike, so I will continue to look around at everything and look over rider reviews too. I'll come back on the site and update this review after I break in the bike and get a couple hundred or so miles on it. Oh, a cool thing about the Silverwing trade in, it worked out pretty fairly, almost as if it cost me just a few dollars to try out the scooter for a year. That made the whole thing very nice... I got a lot of interesting looks whilst riding the scooter - it is huge, the looks I get on this bike are from thumbs up to a lot of folks just kind of admiring it in a lot more friendly way. It is not a crotch rocket and I am thankful abut that, but it is also not the ultra laid back Lazy Boy all day cruiser that the Gold Wing is. I did actually look over the Gold Wing this time around, but that bike is just way too big for me... more to follow shortly, I expect to put a LOT of fun miles on this bike!