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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-06-2017, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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Just got myself an '02 V-Star 650 and I'm curious if there any any options/modifications that can be done to make it more comfortable to ride... I'm only 5'4" and have to lean forward a ways to keep my hands on the handlebars when turning, also not sure the seated position will be very comfortable for longer rides. So... what could I look at changing for my vertically-challenged self?
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-06-2017, 09:26 AM
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Look into handlebar risers. You can buy and install various sizes that will bring the bars back towards you. Another option would be different bars, but that will entail more work. I've done the risers on my Roadliner, and have been very happy.


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I agree with crperryman, risers come in several sizes. There's a decent amount of aftermarket items available for the 650s, at least there was a couple of years ago before I traded in my 650 for my 950.


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you can just lean your existing bars back a little more.
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there are also aftermarket seats that will sit you up slightly higher and forwards
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definitely check the rear spring preload setting (under the seat on the mono shock).

They are normally set for 200 lb riders. If you weigh less the rear spring will be too stiff, and the bike will sit higher.

look in the owners manual for instructions, and your tool kit for the wrench.
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My wife is quite, ummm... vertically challenged, at a hair under five feet, (115 lbs) but she manages just fine on her new 650 Custom with no mods whatsoever. When we ordered the bike I was concerned that she might have an issue with comfortably reaching the foot pegs, (she has just shy of a 28" inseam) or the hand controls, or even the ground for that matter... but she has done just fine, finds it very comfortable. I am almost six feet and 200+ lbs, and it fits me perfectly as well. This bike truly is "one-size-fits-all"!

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Nice photos.

Im 6 foot exactly and I feel cramped on my 650 Classic after about an hour. the fact that 5' 0" can ride just fine explains that. (my inseam is 34") !

Im going to mod my seat this spring with a bit more foam to keep me from sliding forward, and to put a tail bone groove down the center, which should bring me up and back a bit.

I never ride for more than a few hours at at time, and I do like squeaking out 59.999 mpg commuting, but if I ever decide to go long distance riding I will definitely want a bigger bike, and a windshield and fairing.

Maybe I should not say this out loud here, but I have always been fond of the early Goldwings, up to about 1200. For an engineer the boxer engine is the ideal design for a multi piston engine.

EDITED: my bike is a 2005 650 Classic...
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and I do like squeaking out 59.999 mpg commuting
Nearly 60 mpg, really?

What year is your Custom and how do you have it set up?

I have an '04 Classic and I'm in the low 40's.
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my classic it completely stock except for my back rest and lunch bag right behind it. No windshield, no bags in the wind.

My commute is nearly a perfect 45mph the whole way and only a few consistent red lights, so Im puttering at 45 in 5th gear nearly all the time... its also a 15 mile trip each way, so the bike is running warmed up nearly the whole time.

but I have never quite hit 60mpg commuting, always just under.

I have hit the low 60s on longer trips with no stops/traffic, but still not getting much over 55mph.

The rule of physics for speed on any vehicle is to go twice as fast requires 8 times the HP

which means (all things being even) going twice as fast uses 4 times as much fuel (because you are using 8 times the HP but for only half the time to go the same distance). The graph of this would indicate 60 mpg at 45mph means only 15 mpg at 90mph on my bike. Never tried to measure that!

That does not hold up all the way down to 1mph, because at somewhere below 40 you start using more fuel keeping the engine running than you are using moving the bike. At 0 mph you are getting 0mpg with the engine running.
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