Sorry to hear of your disappointment, StrykED. My only criticisms are the lash in the drivetrain and a sensitive throttle, both of which I have learned how how to minimize. A short windshield should help with the windblast. As for power, I am very pleased with the accelleration and also with the smoothness. If you think the Stryker shakes try an old Harley Shovelhead for size. Hope you find what you're looking for.