Yeah...the vaquero is definitely way different than what I'm used to, but I said the same thing about my 2012 Connie
the heaviest bike I've owned and within a month it became second nature and rode it just like my Ninja 1000
I'm sure with time I'll get with the program of a laid back ride, which is he reason why I want to get into a bagger style bike
You'll be surprised what the big baggers can do. I have a friend who rides a Road Glide Ultra, and he LOVES the twisties. He and his wife ride 2-up on some tight corners, at pretty good speed. He drags floorboards on a regular basis.
Myself, I don't ride hard, but the Vaquero handles everything I can throw at it, and then some! Also, I unfortunately know it holds up well in a crash. Those frame and engine guards come in handy.
My point is, it'll handle laid-back riding, as well as somewhat attacking corners.
Long time sport / adventure bike rider, this is my first stab at a bagger and can't justify the Icon of American iron pricing... so yes If the Vaquero is a good fit I can take the savings and throw farckles at it..starting with the obligatory mods intake, exhaust, and Ivan's tune
and If I can't get along with then I can sell it, the later year model doesn't seem to last long in the used market, That was the original plan buy used as a tester, but I'm a ABS convert and the later ones just sell faster than I can make an appointment with the seller.... fortunately there exists leftover models
Glad Ivan got into re-flashing PCM's he's done wonders for my Gen2 FZ-1
Haven't read into the radio yet, seemed ok during my test ride? is just a general upgrade or is the stock just junk?
The stock radio is OK, but I wanted more oomph from it, so I upgraded it. Sounds better now. The stock stereo is not as nice, for instance, as the Street Glide Special radio. There are a bunch of threads about how to upgrade it.
Definitely throw on the auxiliary driving lights - they make a HUGE difference at night!