I have been riding for many years, mostly a different type of motorcycle as of 2007 I am now with a 2004 1150RT and loving it!, although it does take some getting use to. The tank is a little wider, the ride is alot smother, and not as noisy! I have always rode alone for many years and have always enjoyed the alone time. Now I have alone time and quiet time, a little hard to get use to! But will never turn back now.