Thats the key. Take your time and test ride them all! I did exactly that and the Thunderbird was actually the last bike I tested. I knew immediately I wanted it but went back and tested the others some more and thought about it for about a week and a half before actually pulling the trigger. Like you I wasnt disapointed when I went for my first long ride on it and every ride since only re-affirms my choice was the right one, for me that is.