Wow! What A Ride!
Took a trip from W. TN to S. Central La. a month ago and had an experience on the way back. I pull a trailer with my V1700V and no problem at all. I also am darkside and love the mileage I get on it.
I mounted a platform on the tongue in front of my cooler for extra gas. It was a little close to the hitch, but worked out fine. On the way back, I filled up in Opelousas, La and filled the 5gal container as well, everything is fine...80/85 crusin I-10 and really enjoyed being home with family. I make it to just south of Jackson, Miss and hit a rough spot and the platform collasped and the can went side to side, swinging the bike like a dog with a toy. I was at 85 when it started; the wabble took me to the shoulder as I was able to at least hold it up. Off in the ditch it went, deep enough the people following couldn't see me till I crested the other side riding the hell out the beast. By then, it was slow enough I had control again and pulled across the feeder road and parked it. No damage, no jackknife, no crap in my pants as I never panicked. I put what gas in the bike I could and the rest in the trailer. The only damage was it bent the hitch down a bit, but still able to pull the trailer. Another 300 miles and I pulled it in the shop and did what repairs were needed.
I'm convinced it is an excellent bike for the road..and stout enough to take one hell of a beating when needed.