Congratulations! I don't think you'd want anything smaller to travel on, but I've said many times that I wouldn't hesitate to run cross-country on an EX-500, and I mean it. It'll cruise an interstate all day at 85+ and still has passing power when needed. Smooth at highway speeds, comfortable seat, and nice bar placement for the long hauls. Totally adequate bike.
Keeping the "Hap" in "Happy Holidays"!
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