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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 06-19-2014, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Road Star vs. V Star 1300

For those who have ridden BOTH , which one do you prefer? and why.
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 06-20-2014, 06:54 AM
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I have not ridden the Vstar 1300 but I have rode the Stryker and I own a Roadstar. I do not like the 1300 motor at all what so ever. If you are in to low of a gear it really feels like the pistons are going to come up though the seat. Now I rode it stock at a dealer event and with stock pipes its so quite you can not tell its running. Maybe with some aftermarkets you could judge better when to down shift and avoid this. However in the end the motor does not have the torque that the 1700 does and I like the looks of the Roadie better. Not sure where you would get the best info about the Vstar but for more than you will ever want to know about a Road Star go to roadstarclinic.com
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I have the Vstar 1300 and I like it . I test rode a Victory Cross Roads that I really like , but have never rode the Roadstar. A local dealer has a brand new 2013 Roadstar for $7999 , but if it didn`t have that smooth ride and tons of torque like that Victory I may be disappointed in it. Wish I could find a killer of a deal on the Cross Roads.
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I have the Vstar 1300 and I like it . I test rode a Victory Cross Roads that I really like , but have never rode the Roadstar. A local dealer has a brand new 2013 Roadstar for $7999 , but if it didn`t have that smooth ride and tons of torque like that Victory I may be disappointed in it. Wish I could find a killer of a deal on the Cross Roads.
If there is anything the Roadstar has it is tons of torque. I have heard the Road Star described as not doing anything great but doing everything very very well. Seriously join or just browse the Roadstarclinic.com you will get tons of info on them from there few low points to everything you can easily do to improve them.
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Had an 03 Roadie from 03 to 07, then in 07 traded the Roadie for an 07 V Star 1300. Still got the 1300. I prefer the 1300 because its quicker, handles better and is smoother. Also love the water cooled engine. You have to work the 1300 because it loves high revs compared to the Roadie. If you put them side by side, their wheelbase & width are just about the same. They both run the same size front tire. On the rear the VStar is actually a bit wider.
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Had an 03 Roadie from 03 to 07, then in 07 traded the Roadie for an 07 V Star 1300. Still got the 1300. I prefer the 1300 because its quicker, handles better and is smoother. Also love the water cooled engine. You have to work the 1300 because it loves high revs compared to the Roadie. If you put them side by side, their wheelbase & width are just about the same. They both run the same size front tire. On the rear the VStar is actually a bit wider.

Is an 03' still the 1600? I have an 06' so still carbed but 1700 with the bigger tank. The newer Roadies have smaller tanks.
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Is an 03' still the 1600? I have an 06' so still carbed but 1700 with the bigger tank. The newer Roadies have smaller tanks.
Yes, the 03 was the last year the Road Star came in a 1600.
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Is an 03' still the 1600? I have an 06' so still carbed but 1700 with the bigger tank. The newer Roadies have smaller tanks.
Correct, from what I read when they added FI to the Rodie they put the fuel pump in the tank, taking up space.

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Made the deal on a 2013 Road Star S tonight at Turn One Motorsports in Plymouth , Indiana. It was still there when I went back and I will pick it up later this week . 2013 for $7999 with zero miles. Plus they want stock seats on their bikes and told me I could keep the Mustang seat w/backrest off my 09 V Star trade in . I figure I could sell that for $300 or so. It`s like brand new.
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Congrats on your new baby. I'm also looking at a roady but the price difference here in the great white is unbelievable. The stealer is asking 12900 for a demo 2011 silverado.

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