I have been wavering between the S40 vs. S50. We live in Kansas and the winds that we deal with are something else. A breeze is about 15mph and that is pretty much the norm. 20-30+mph winds are not uncommon, so the weight of the bike is a factor. I don’t need her getting blown off the road. Have not looked at the Shadow, does it have foward controls. We sat her on the 750 shadow, but she hated the controls. I also appreiciate your comment on observing her abilities at the MSF course. Hadn’t considered that. Thank you Jon D.