Just thought I'd bump my old thread.
It's been quite the adventure - last winter was very mild here and I actually ended up riding at least once every month (typically very rare where I live in Canada), and the season got off to an early start.
I ended up putting over 15,000 Kilometers (~10,000 miles) on it this summer and aside from a new tire in August I did absolutely nothing (nor had any reason to) aside from changing the oil.
To my surprise my wife got interested in riding as well and I ended up buying her at Marauder 250 to start on (she had never ridden before) and after riding the wheels off it she was ready for an upgrade in early summer, so she has a Vstar 650 now. She ended up with over 5000 Kilometers (~3000 miles) in her first ever season.
I've found the bike super comfortable even for extended riding (Yay for the ultimate seats) and of course reliable. I did finally get my Hard Krome pipes quieted down (that was an adventure in it's own) and overall I'm quite pleased now.
I was riding up until about a week and a half ago but the weather has finally dropped firmly into below freezing winter like conditions...so unfortunately the season appears to be done, and the bikes are parked until it all starts again next spring.