...Okay, thought I would chime in on this one, being a littler fella myself, and having sat on that bike, and having ridden a 850lb Vic for a few years now.
If you can flatfoot that bike – as well balanced as that bike is, You are not going to have an issue with that bike on the road.
On gravel, because the likes of mees and yoos have littler legs, we do not have a great deal of leverage when moving heavier bikes around, so, be aware of that if you are parking on gravel and such. Never had an issue on the road though, even backing my big tourer up a hill - seated.
Standing, I can flatfoot my Vic while straddling it. Seated, at a stop, I tippy-toe my Vic while sitting down. That’s all I have for balance, and I do fine. I usually come to a stop using both brake pedals so my left foot only comes down - which is attached to my left leg (thank goodness) and is hinged on my left knee, which is not very strong since I ripped it out a while back. And I do fine.
I found that a heavier bike is lot more planted and LOT more stable at pretty-much any-speed; including parking lot speeds. My Aero, compared to my Vic, always seemed more wobbly off the line and when coming to a stop. My Vic stands straight up and is stable as can be. There's a LOT to be said for a bigger engine's Torque. Weight management on BIG bikes is all throttle, clutch and brake. EXACTLY the same mechanisms which allow any-sized riders control any sized bike..
From memory, seemed to me that the Road Star carries it weight a lot lower than my Vic.
Another upside to a bigger bike! ..After Three Hundred miles or so, My Aero kinda seemed cramped. As Big as a BIG Bike can be, after a few miles or so, it shrinks to fit. As odd as that sounds. I found a bigger bike much more comfortable and pleasant to ride for any real distance past a mile or two.
Around town? ... Hmm.. I have always been a firm believer in “the right tool for the job”, and there are better bikes JUST for goofing around town on, “not cruisers” comes to mind. BUT, that Road Star wouldn't be any more to handle over the bike you already have – like I say, you’ll will get used to it pretty-quick.
And that’s the thing, you just get used to handling big bikes pretty-quickly. The fun begins when you go from a big bike to a small bike ..You get used to a big bike, you can can flip and flop around on a smaller bike and it’s like you can pick them up and carry them under an arm!! But, yes, you do get used to handling bigger bikes pretty-quickly, and then you just don’t really notice any extra weight - BUT, you sure come to appreciate the extra room, comfort, stability and power of a bigger bike almost immediately..And that NEVER goes away! :0)
As has been mentioned, lower the bike on it’s side, get used to picking it up. I haven't dropped my bike on the road – yet - but I have practiced picking up my Vic, and I can do so with one good push from one good leg. It’s just technique is all, and pretty-much anybody out of a wheelchair can do it. MMmmmm...Though I would pay money to see somebody in a wheelchair picking up my Vic. ...And, well, it’s just smarter to be able to know how to do that than not (picking up your bike), ...Just one more thing you don’t have to fret over while the thing is upright..
Free Bikes don’t come along that often, Bethany, and Great Free Bikes are a LOT more scarce than that. Like Spiritman says, It would just be a “POOF! – **Gone**” if I was in the same boat.. meh, maybe leaving a softly wafting piece of paper scribbled with “no-takesie-backsies” to be left in it’s place.
Gotta go to work. Seriously though, Consider it. Because I know that I wouldn’t. I would be off riding around on the thing already, whether my other half traded up or not!! :0)
Right! To work for me!
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