I got my CTX700 (2014 with taller windshield and saddlebags) in November and unbelievably the weather has been too cold for riding until yesterday. I got my license several years ago and my former bike was a Honda Silverwing. I was really bad at making turns on my SW and it made me afraid to ride it. Yesterday was my first trip out on my CTX 700 and I am in love. This bike feels like it was made for me. I have never ridden out by myself before so that was a first! The ride was smooth, I handled the new braking system (diff from the SW) and turned the bike with ease. I loved having the engine between my legs ...seems like that might have been part of my discomfort on the scooter...feel so much more balanced on this motorcycle! I am beyond thrilled to have this new bike and can't wait for the adventures to come! Anxious to hear about everyone else's experiences. Oh and I am a 57 year old grandmother! Never had driven any motorcycle or scooter until I took the Motorcycle Safety course! Hubby has a brand new 2013 Yamaha FJR1300! We are ready to hit the roads!