First full post, so suffer the newbie, please.. I upgraded from a Honda CB 900 to a 2011 Jet Black Thunderbird Storm. Now here's the rub.., I got rid of the Honda in 1984, hacnt ridden since I sat on this beauty. Flew from Toronto to New Orleans to buy it, and within half a block of driving away from the dealership, it was all there. The bike and me. Through city and country, flat and mountain, this bike handled it beautifully, all 1,600 miles home. Get the 1700, I don't think you'll be disappointed.