Accellerates better than most cruisers, and handles better than any of them
Replaced the chain one year after purchase, tires (naturally), repainted bike.
I bought this bike because of its smaller displacement as a starter.. it's now 4 years later and I still own it with no intention of replacing it.
I've ridden many other bikes in the mean time, but in all honesty am disappointed in the common v-twin cruiser. This little 500 runs faster than any 750 cruisers I've come across, and keeps pace quite nicely with litre (+) bikes.
If you have a chance to get a V65 (1100), go for this bike first, but don't pass up this little gem because it's quiet and humble!
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th May, 2010