Something to be aware of on these bikes. On the 650 (and I think the 1100 and some other engines) the designers decided to make the bike steering feel more nimble and sporty, so they designed the engine to spin backwards. One of the primary things that makes a motorcycle self balancing, and gives it the feeling of stability, is the gyroscopic effect of the spinning wheels, tires, and the flywheel in the engine.
Since the flywheel in the engine is spinning in the opposite direction of the wheels, it cancels out the gyro effect of the front wheel to some degree. From my personal experience, my 650 custom came with Bridgestone tires. When it was time to replace them, the dealer had a 'deal' on Dunlop 404s (the other OEM tire for the bike).
I immediately felt the difference, and when I looked it up the Dunlop tires are significantly lighter than the Bridgestone OEM tires. On my next tire change I went back to the heavier Bridgestone tires.
The are a couple ways this affects the feel of the bike. For one thing, with the heavier tires I can easily take my hands off the grips. With the lighter Dunlop tires I cant, the bike will not hold a straight line. It also affects the countersteering response. With the heavier tires when you push the right grip the bike leans to the right and turns to the right with a very strong, responsive and precise precession force on the bike. With lighter tires the bike still steers correctly, but it feels more like a bicycle than a motorcycle, the steering is twitchy, loose, and does not have that solid feel.
If you goto bike part supply websites like BikeBandit or Revzilla, you can look up different tires for you bike, and it will tell you how much each tire weighs. Use the Bridgestone OEM (Exedra) tires as the reference weight.
Im not saying you should not put lighter or narrower tires on your bike if you want to, but be aware of the effect it will have on how the bike rides, and how stable or twitchy it will feel.
BTW, most other MC engines spin the same way as the front wheel. The backwards spinning motors are unique to vStar bikes.
Last edited by KCW; 05-25-2018 at 08:11 PM.