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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-06-2010, 07:48 AM Thread Starter
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I have narrowed my new bike purchase to 3 bikes:

2009 Yamaha Silverado 1100, 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 LT or 2009 Honda VTX 1300T.

I like the chrome look and the seat height on the Silverado however do not like that it is not EFI nor belt driven.

The Kawasaki is EFI however not keen on water-cooled nor 900cc.

The Honda is nicely chromed however it cost more and is also a driveshaft.

I'm leaning towards the Silverado however some of the reviews I have read on the internet about how this bike rides is not appealing, therefore need your inputs...

I have found an 09 Silverado 1100 for $8k plus tax at a dealer. Seems to me this is a great price for this bike.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-06-2010, 06:16 PM
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I recently had the same delimia. I test rode all three bikes that you mention. I like some about each one but I truly found the 09 Silverado to be the best fit for me. I say if you found one for $8K, buy it but that is just me. I do suggest that you test ride each one, one right after the other and sleep on your final decision.

Just got a 09 V Star 1100 Silverado and love it. Still have a 93 Virago XV535 and love it as well.
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Thanks for the reply Dirtball; decisions, decisions...Glad you are enjoying your Silverado.
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What I did was ride the ones I liked back-back-back, then thought about it a few days and rode them again back-back-back. Lastly I asked myself which one I enjoyed the most and which one did I see myself riding in two to four years. I found that I spent more time on the Silverado so that was my choice. You will just have to choose what you like best. I had many people throwing inputs at me and most of them were what they would ride. Remember, you are the one that is putting your butt in the seat so only you can make the decision.

Just got a 09 V Star 1100 Silverado and love it. Still have a 93 Virago XV535 and love it as well.
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So true; unfortunately the Silverado is located 1.5 hrs one way from my location...seems that I will have to make a trip to ride one. The Honda VTX1300T is approximately 1 hr away, different direction. At least you have helped me into narrowing it down to 2 bikes. Will find the time to drive down to both locations and hopefully ride them both. Some dealers around here won't let you ride a new bike.
Thanks again for your responses.
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Dirtball gives good advice. My brother flat out loves his 1300 Honda, and I flat out love my 1100 Silverado, different strokes. What do YOU like and what fits you best, that's the one you want

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I have 2000 vstar 1100 and find it a reliable and enjoyable ride. i have heard good things about them, except for the awkward oil filter location, but that is easily remedied with an oil relocation kit.

enjoy your new ride
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ABN1SG,

You will not go to far wrong on any of your choices.

For what it is worth I had an 1100 Silverado and disagree that it is not a good handling bike. Yamaha's newer designs do have a lower center of gravity and balance but nothing wrong with the proven 1100 V Star. You are right it is not injected and is shaft drive. A belt puts a little more power to the pavement, but had no qualms about shaft drive. Lots of mods and accessories are out there for the bike. I moved up to a 1900 but no complaints other than at higher highway speeds vibration shows up in the mirrors. Air turbulence behind the windshield was solved with lowers.

Have never ridden a 1300 VTX but they look good and have a good reputation. The people I know that have them like them. Don't know anything about the Kaw.

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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-07-2010, 12:39 PM
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I have a Silverado and a Custom . I looked at the brands and had the same feelings . Yamaha Silverado in my opinion is best bang for the buck . The 1100 delivers good power and good handling . The only draw back as mentioned before , but is easily remended is the oil filter ( pipe has to come off ) . A $300 relo takes care of that . I wish I'd of paid more attention and I may have bartered with the Dealer to have one installed , and the pre-paid 600 mile service may also be an option so you don't get walloped after the first 600 miles.
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Abn1SG,

Any updates on which bike you settled on if you have? Just wondering.

Just got a 09 V Star 1100 Silverado and love it. Still have a 93 Virago XV535 and love it as well.
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