Welcome to the boards. Tons of great information on this site. I was looking at the Shadow 750 before the Vic. Glad I made the right choice.
My Shadow 750 was my starter bike. Maybe I jumped the gun a little bit, but after only riding 8 months I jumped up to the Kingpin. Part of it was due to my Shadow being too small for 2 people on the hilly SC landscape. I felt like it even struggled on the flat Indiana roads.