Welcome from Illinois. Congrats on the new bike, I also purchased a 2016 V650 LT about a month ago and am really enjoying this great bike. I'm 66 years young and have never been without a motorcycle since the age of 15. Ive been a dirt bike rider as much as on the street but have almost given up serious tail bikes. I still have my BMW K100 but its getting some age on it so I researched as much as I could and decided on the V650 for my touring bike and am sure happy with my decision. This is the most fun bike I have had in years, with plenty of power and speed for my pace and handles perfect. My son lives in Nashville, Tn. so we have been planning some trips in Nashville/Chattanooga area so I'm looking forward to that also. Enjoy your new ride and take some time to get used to the V650 engine, IMO the 2 things I have noticed is that she doesn't really like it below 3,000rpm's in any gear, and has a lot of engine breaking that takes some getting used too. There is a lot of good information on this forum for about anything you can think of.