This is my first ever Forum excursion. I have been riding since 1971. My first bike was a Yamaha 250. I could never keep the plugs from fouling out. Siezed the motor. Next bike was a Honda 350 CB. Rode that bike all over. Longest one way trip was 1275 miles. Who says you can't fall asleep on a bike? That particular bike convinced me bigger is definitely better. Moved on up to a Yamaha 650 Twin Special. Fun bike but couldn't keep the electric start working. Had to get rid of it because the oil flying off the chain onto the wife's white jacket was not a good thing. Moved up to a Yamaha 750 Maxim. Fast, Black and Fun. Still too small. Moved up to a Honda Aspencade. Put 50,000 on that bike but the repairs became quite expensive. Sold it for a nickel (so to speak) and didn't ride for 4 years. Moved back to Illinois and bought a 2000 Black Sportster Custom. Fun bike. 364 days ago, my wife bought me (for Christmas) a 2002 Heritage Classic. What a nice ride! In two days I had a trip and 500 miles on the odometer. Caught in the rain so it was baptised rather quickly. I now have 7000 miles on it, thanks to the ride to Sturgis in August. A word of caution...do not put a tool bag on the light bar. One solid bump and you have a fender with a rather healthy ding in it. Also, do not install a Milwaukee Twin Oil Cooler on your down tubes. Again, any bump in the rode and the forks travel into the tubes. Now, my fender is really trashed. I will have to remove the coolers, find someone who can repair and paint the fender and install an OEM cooler system. Trying to save a buck or two is not worth it. Also, the big Twin fell on the Sporty and the light bar banged up the Sporty's fender. This has not been my year with fenders. Other than that, I love my bikes. Unfortunately the Sporty has to go. Spousal unit says one bike only. Now to find a buyer for the Sporty. I will miss it.