This was my first bike, and not knowing much about them, luckily, a friend was very helpful in my final choice.
I'm 58 years old, and this was a great choice for me as a starter bike, not something I felt I would grow out of right away, after getting some experience.
Aside from the odometer problem mentioned, I've not experienced any others. I feel most readers will see I've really gotten to enjoy the freedom and exhilarating feeling the rider gets as a bike enthusiast. The vast majority of my riding has been on rural routes wherever possible, cruising at speeds of 30 to 45mph. I just got back from my longest trip ever, Boston to Saratoga Springs, NY which I traveled via highways. The biggest problem with the 650 is seat comfort, many rest-stops are needed, having to stop every 30 to 50 miles for 15 to 20 minutes. Also, would be great if it had a sixth gear, though I was able to cruise at 65mph (posted speed), and accelerate to 75mph if passing, the bike tends to sound "whiny".
At this time I feel as if I might trade up for 800-1200cc, but the additional bike weight(s) is stopping me.
I'm quite comfortable handling the 550 pounds (approx) of the 650 V-Star.