The V will out accelerate your cruiser in pretty much any circumstance, but it is not a relaxed cruiser. Your cruiser will feel sluggish after riding the V. It is very lively and quick. If you do lots of touring, or ride 2 up lots, I would recommend a different bike. Not because the V has any particular shortcomings, but because there are better distance machines out there. However, the V is priced pretty attractively.
I just test rode a Triumph Tiger, which is a 1050cc machine, and it didn't feel that much quicker than the V. However, with the larger motor, you are turning way fewer revs on the highway, and you hold your gears for longer That's a plus. The FZ1 will definately have more go on the highway, but it will require downshifting to get the power. Similarily, with accelerating, the FZ1 is a little lackluster, especially for a liter bike, down low. It comes into it's own further up the rev range, but it is a little peaky.
Since you like the torque of your big cruiser, you will also like the way the V lays down power. You drive the torque more than the HP.\
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