Well, here I am, 57 years old, been riding bikes since I was 15. Started with dirt, then moved to 4 stroke yamaha when they came out with them. Moved into viragos, then a few years ago bought a heritage. Wife wasn't as comfortable so I traded up to an 08 ultra. We have run breakfast runs, toy runs and the like. Yesterday we returned from a 1650 mile trip from Kansas to New Mexico then up through Colorado and home. I had business in New Mexico, so the bike sat for a couple of days. I had the recall notice before I left, but no parts in at the dealer, so we took off. Bike was flawless, I could not be happier. We averaged around 300 miles a day and yesterday we traveled 375 miles across eastern Co and western Ks, with a south wind along a truck route. I cannot imagine trying that on a sport bike, the wind would have blown you off the road. The cruise was a life saver, only had to roll it up on some hills, but I expected that. I am about 180 and my wife at 105, had 50 pounds of luggage. I had the shock at 30, rear tire at 40. Bike is stock. (I shipped a box of clothes down and back from New Mexico if you are wondering how a woman can go 7 days). Thought I would post for other first timers on longer trips to share my confidence builder. We are excited for our next long road trip. Thanks for all your tips on this web site.