I've put about 10,000 miles on the boulevard. You might be right about an advanced rider course being in order, though. I felt very comfortable riding the boulevard and never felt like it was more bike than I could control, but so far with the V, i definitely feel that way. The torque is unreal, both rolling on and off. I have it set to low power and intend to keep it that way until I feel like I have solid control on the handling. I'm honestly afraid to give it any serious lean. My boulevard felt like it was hugging the road, this bike feels like it's got a hairline contact point and flying above the road. The sales guy warned me at the dealer about the new tires being slick, so I think I have that psyching me out a bit too.
Also, got a newbie question. I feel like there's quite a bit of engine braking going on, even when I have the clutch fully engaged. Is that all in my head or is there something going on here? I definitely don't like it - I want this bastard to coast when i pull the clutch in!