So far, I've not had the bike long, and just had to get some things done to it that the previous owner(s) neglected to take care of:
Change oil and rear diff fluid.
New gel cell battery.
But it starts great, and runs great!
Fun bike! Just bought it about a week ago. This is my first bike, and I only bought something after taking the Motorcycle Safety Foundation safety course, and highly recommend it. The course was a blast and super helpful.
Anyway, I test rode a number of different bikes, all standards, no cruisers or crotch rockets. This thing is kind of in between a standard and a cruiser. Though the motor is very "un-cruiser"! It's got plenty of power for a newbie like me, but is very easy to handle, and will just as easily cruise mellowly around town. When I test rode it, I just got this big grin on my face, if that tells you anything.
Love that it's got shaft drive; it shifts crisply, seems to brake okay, but then I'm still learning.
The seating is comfy, if maybe a touch cramped for someone my height (5' 11"). And with a pretty much upright seating posture, it seems good for long rides. Just need a small windshield and some bags.
And it MOVES. Hit the gas and you will go somewhere quickly. It pulls easily from 65-70 mph, and will keep right on going. The peak of the power band is somewhere around 9K, and it loves to go there. Fun in the twists, and can't wait till I'm more comfortable to push it a bit harder.
Downsides: Small tank! Non adjustable forks (other than changing oil weight -- if anyone knows any other ways to adjust them, let me know) and kinda mediocre rear shocks -- or I just don't know how to adjust them properly.
And should be cheap to own with shaft drive, air-cooled and a gel battery, plus new tires and the tune up; should be good to go for many years.