This is my 1st post here and I thank you for your responses. I have an '02 Goldwing with 94,000 miles and I am considering going to the V-strom. The Wing is great but I don't do much long distance travelling any more. I am looking for something a little smaller and easier to handle around town but can still handle the occasional 1000 mile weekend. I am 55 yrs old, 6'6", 200 lbs. with some neck and back arthritis. I am curious about the long distance comfort of the V for someone my size. What additions or modifications would you suggest to help make it as good of a long distance bike as it can be? I have admired the V for a while but never ridden one..... Thanks for your insight.