I just bought an '05 Boulevard a few weeks ago and took it for my first "just for fun" ride Saturday. My buddy just bought a bike as well and we rode together. He has an '02 V-Star 1500. We just took about a 60 mile trip on some back roads west of Springfield, MO. It was a blast! The Boulevard kept right up with the 1500 without a problem. We stopped in Willard and grabbed lunch at a little Bar-B-Que place downtown. The only thing that went wrong was that I didn't wear gloves and now the backs of my hands are sunburnt! Oh well, the ride was well worth it. I can't wait till next weekend and do it again.