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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-24-2012, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
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Which star to get?

So for awhile I have been set on getting a new v star 950. I liked how it felt sitting on it and that it has fuel injection. However I keep seeing lightly used v star 1100 with a lot of goodies I want ie bags, back rest, and pipes. Also have seen some road stars for a great price. Most of my riding is local with some cruising longer distance, but no cross country trips yet. Any good suggestions or advice on choosing?
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Jump on a 1100 and see if you like the way it sits. How big are you? The bigger the rider the biggerthe bike, I think. Me, I am 64, 250lbs and the 1100 is good for me. I do a lot of long distance for vacations to the coast and back. 6'8 hours is not a problem. My longest ride on my honey was 14 hours, and I still got up and rode the next day. 1100s have alot to offer-

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post #3 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-24-2012, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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I'm 5' 11" and around 220. The 950 felt real nice as did a 1100 that I sat on.
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Smile I was grinning reading this one !

I been in your shoes before ! so which bike is calling to you ?
I swear to whomever your supposed to swear too that my bike picked me lol ! I walked all over the shop, it's a big one and kept on coming back by the beast ! drove it home the next morning.

Your size is important, knee clearance in tight parking lot turns, how adjustable are the bars, what goodies are already installed is a big point for me. What kind of shape is the bike in, how well was it taken care of, total miles. Price.

You got to decide and live with it. Good luck and let us know when you / It selects you / it !

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I was told when buying my first street bike (Vstar 650 Custom) that I would be back for a bigger bike within a year.

It took 8 months, and two of those were spent looking for what I wanted, the 1100 Custom I ride today.

That was 7 months ago, and I'm already drooling at Raiders, and if the right deal on a Victory Hammer presented itself, I could be tempted.

Buy the Roadliner and spare yourself the steps you would otherwise take to get the same bike.
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It's like dcody40 stated which ever bike calls for you.I'm 6'1" 205 and my arse felt just fine on a strat. It doesn't cost any thing to sit on all of them to see if your butt fits the seat.Just like buying a pair of shoes.

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post #7 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-24-2012, 07:33 PM
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I'm 5'7" and 190. My 1100 feels just right. I'm sure I would have wanted to move up to the 1100 if I had bought something smaller. I drove a 650 a few times before buying the 1100. It felt just fine, but the 1100 feels just right.
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I am 5'3 brown haired green eyed... Opps sorry I thought we were giving stats. Dont be afraid of power go for the 1600 like I did. I love my Roadstar! When I started looking I fell in love with a custom 650 VStar. My boyfriend took it for a test drive since I didnt have my license or even taken my class yet. He said I would outgrow in within 6 months. So like DC I keep looking. I even contacted a guy to look at his bike with money in hand. My boyfriend liked the price and it was an 1100. Then I just happened to look one more time since the guy was out of town and not able to show me. That is when Independence found me I fell in love with her. I got my bike and license and bike in late July and I think I already have 2500 miles on her and I dont get to ride her as much as I want. I agree with the guys go sit on tons of bikes and you will know when you sit on yours.


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Roadliner or 1100 definitely...Id say 1100 over 950 because it's cheaper, proven design(not that the 950 isnt or bad or anything), and seems to have a much bigger aftermarket then the 950......950 does look quite a bit better though lol

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post #10 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-24-2012, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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This is actually the 1100 I sat on. Seems like a nice deal. Only thing I need is pipes. Two things that make me want the 950 though, easier for me to finance than come up with one lump of cash. And I get a warranty. Three things maybe, with fuel injection if I add something I just have to tweak the efi box and not dig into the carbs.
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