You and me both, sgorveatt! I got my 2005 VN750 on May 3, 2012, and I too love that there's an entire site dedicated to my bike. The people here have been incredibly helpful and welcoming. This is my first bike as well, so much of their help has been focused on "operator error" and I'm very grateful for their patience with me. The one point of yours that I'd contradict is that the bike is a big big (I know that's not exactly how you phrased it). I'm not even riding it a month and I feel very good on it. You'll get the feel and you won't want anything smaller. The one thing I'd suggest, after getting this piece of advice myself on this forum, is open the bike up! Get those revs up high. As one poster said, the bike really comes alive after 6,000 rpms! Punch it, it can take it. Once I started being less "shy" with my bike, I really began to be thrilled by it. Have fun. Ride safe.