You sound exactly like me. I purchased the NC as my first motorcycle ever in August of 2017. Going from riding my bicycle 3,000+ miles/year (I still ride my bicycle) to riding a motorcycle has been an easy transition. I have found the DCT to work flawlessly and it has allowed me to focus on riding the motorcycle. I have only ridden on interstates a few times but I had no problems doing 75 and still had plently of throttle left. In the short time that I have had the NC I have had no problems and from what I have read on this forum the NC is almost bullet proof. I have read about several on here who have ridden their bikes to Alaska, across the country, and into Central America. Given this, I believe that it will do almost anything that you ask it to. I have several long distance trips planned in the next couple of summers.