I used to have a 1980 GS850G shaft drive and it was OK. Kids came along and the bike was sold. Earlier this year I wanted to get back into it and was looking for an older kawasaki Concours or a Honda ST1100. I ended up changing my mind because I did not want the fairings for city commuting. I am 6 foot 3 and extremely good looking and the bike fits me well. so far this year My longest day ride was about 800KM, and it was great. I sometimes take off for a small ride with the wife and the 1000 CC is great for us. The chain is OK, I would clean and oil it every few weeks, but its easier if your bike will have a center stand.