My wife as the '03 Volusia 800, which is pretty much an C50. If the M50's close in handing and performance, it's a great bike. She has Cobra pipes and has been jetted to match and it hauls nicely at all rpms and speeds. Handling's a bit porky at slow speeds, but about 25 mph it's a just fine. Don't know about the V-Star, but they have a good rep.