The word I would use to describe the C50 is adequate. It isn't the fastest, it isn't the most powerful, it isn't the most comfortable, but it gets the job done. I was perfectly happy with mine, right up until I rode a BIGGER bike. Then the deficiencies became more than I was willing to live with.Thanks for the insight. The Boulevard low HP has me wondering if I need to forget taking it on that long of a trip. As for I-40.... It's a killer interstate. The folks around the Asheville and Knoxville area don't know how to drive respectively. They sure as hell don't give a damn about anyone on a bike. Lost a bike and darn near lost my life On I-40 just outside Knoxville last year.