I had one of the second generation models of XV535 Virago with the larger, real fuel tank. Before this I had a Kawasaki ZX10, then a Yamaha TDR 250, then this... so a slightly varied collection of bikes, but I really am pretty open minded and happy to get into the riding style of different bikes. On the XV, you need to chill out, kick back and let the gentle wave of torque carry you along. Although I didn't get a chance to do so, replacing the exhaust can be very rewarding. For such a small bike, I have heard them producing a very satisfying burble. The shocking thing about the XV is just how useable it is, with its shaft drive, relaxed riding, acceptable handling (for a cruiser) and decent brakes it really does make a satisfying bike to own. I didn't get the chance to clock up amazing miles on it, probably only 10k in 18 months, but I remember enjoying the experience.