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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-18-2012, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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Bigger or not?

I'm hoping to get some good input from you riders with experience on different yamahas. I currently ride an 04 v-star 1100 classic. I like the bike but I am wondering if a larger one would be more comfortable and better handling? I was thinking about the Road star or a liner. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Oh yea. We usually ride from 100 to 200 miles on a daily ride. Thanks, Charlie

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Only advice i would give you is go sit on all the ones you like and see if you like it. I have a 08 roadstar that i loved first time i saw it. does everything solo or two up/short or long trips.

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I will be upgrading to a liner in 7days,i was content with my vstar 1100 until i rode a liner at a dealership the massive power just feels awesome.
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Thanks for the replies guys. I guess what I was really looking for is how the bigger bikes handle. We have lots of curvy back roads in Georgia and sometimes the 1100 doesn't feel stable. I ride with harley guys and 3 of them had 1100s. They all say the same thing about the handling on the 1100. Don't really want a harley but I would like to have the handling they say they have.

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The liners do it for me. I went from a 750 honda to my strat. It rides great,handles great and it is fast as hell for a big bike.My saying is go big or go home. What kroyleahcim stated about sitting on them is very true. If your arse isn't happy then you won't be happy.It's like buying a good pair of shoes. Hope this helps.

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You can change your handling with a new seat and/or a handlebar adjustment or risers or something. I can't imagine a bigger bike giving you better handling in the twisties.

I have an 1100 Custom and I put a Predator seat on it, made a huge difference. It's like riding a horse....you think it and it happens. Of course, neither my horse of my bike have a windshield.... :-)

btw, your moniker looks exactly like a picture I have of my Dad, may God rest his soul....
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You can change your handling with a new seat and/or a handlebar adjustment or risers or something. I can't imagine a bigger bike giving you better handling in the twisties.

I have an 1100 Custom and I put a Predator seat on it, made a huge difference. It's like riding a horse....you think it and it happens. Of course, neither my horse of my bike have a windshield.... :-)

btw, your moniker looks exactly like a picture I have of my Dad, may God rest his soul....
Hey Paddy, I've got a mustang seat and it sits real good. I think what I am feeling is when I lay into a curve, it seems I have to constantly change my lean and steering input. Your Dad is riding in the best place to ride on some really fine equine..

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1100 custom with pod kit and Corbin seat. All the comfort and power I will ever need. Does me good all around. Hiway, or winding country roads. Never an issue for either type of roads for me and the wife.

The pod mod gave it more power than I would need on a regular basis.

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Sounds like you need to do some test riding

I, as the official (self appointed) smart-ass, hereby order said person, Yamaha992, to move him/her self out the door and go test ride as many bikes as necessary for the purpose of satisfaction, gratification & indulgence. It is also noted on this day that said person, Yamaha992, must ride safe and keep the shiny side up

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