Just bought my 1st VMAX; a very clean 2009 1700 with 14,500 miles. Love the motor, but the handling is weird. The rear tire is a mostly new ME880, and the front is a mostly worn-out ME880. The tire pressures were low, especially the front at ~15 lbs (I brought them both up to proper pressure, maybe a little high at 37 lbs in the front), and the front wear pattern is odd. There's still a bit of tread on either side and in the center, but either side of center there is a bald strip, giving the tire an odd pointy-head profile. I've ordered a new Dunlop Roadsmart III for the front, but I'm wondering if that will be a total fix? Sitting on the bike at a standstill, the front feels very heavy when turning the handlebars side to side. Low speed maneuvers feel dicey. With a bit of speed it gets better, but even then cornering still requires what seems to me to be excessive countersteering force, which must be maintained throughout the curve. I've not read of such handling anomalies in the various road tests I've read. I'm wondering if the steering head bearings may be dry and dragging, though in my experience that usually resulted in more of a nothchy, twitchy feel, as opposed to just feeling resistant or heavy. Any thoughts?