Started riding again at fifty-two last summer after not riding since I was fifteen. I attended MSF class and got my license. Bought a V Star 950 to get get my feet wet and this summer I found that I needed a little more bike and purchased my first Harley a 2012 Heritage. All I can say is this is a great bike, it handles great and balanced better than the V Star. Also the craftsmanship on the Harley is so much better, what was plastic on the V Star is metal on the Harley and so on. You definitely get what you pay for. Did I mention I love this bike!