The light clutch is a boon to V-Star commuters, and the slight grab of initial clutch engagement is easy to manage. Accelerating quickly off the line, the Star leaves traffic without incident. Only entering highways, accelerating uphill, or riding two-up calls attention to the V-Star's power limitations. Presumably because of its weight advantage, the Custom is a half-second quicker than the Classic through the quarter-mile. But it still isn't as quick as the Virago 535, which ran a 15.24-second, 85.8-mph quarter-mile compared with the Custom's 15.48 seconds at 82.6 mph. When a downshift is needed to gain velocity, the transmission shifts positively, with minimal movement required to work the shifter from the forward-mounted peg. Similarly, the rear brake is easy to cover and apply with the boot firmly planted on the peg. The 11.7-inch front disc and drum rear brakes work well in every situation we encountered and did not exhibit any tendency to stand up when braking in a corner. The thinner saddle isn't as comfortable as the Classic's, but we could still ride the 140 miles to reserve without suffering. The rubber-mounted handlebar keeps vibration away from the rider's hands and the mirrors until supra-cruising speeds are attained. Simply put, the V-Star works well and is fun to ride.