Fair enough mate I just got really bored on the America when useing it . I didnt feel half as happy overtaking . It just didnt launch fast enough for me . Like you say urs was modded and I know its a great bike . I had a Vulcan 900 to learn my trade on before a big bike and the America is much better but a lot more expencive.
You are right though a 1700 Bird is the real deal .