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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-13-2010, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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I need Purchase Advice!

Hi all,

Potentially new Vstar member here, and I really need some quick advice. I've been eyeing either a 2009 Vstar 950 or a 2009 Vstar1100 custom at my local dealership.

Here's the skinny:

The 2009 Vstar 950 is used but in immaculate condition. 1850 miles on it. Between my trade-in and the total we worked out, I'm looking at $2,000 cash due.

The 2009 Vstar 1100 custom is brand new. With the factory incentives and other price hagglings (and my trade-in)... I'm looking at $3,000 cash due.

So the question is, what would you choose.... and why?


Thanks!
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-13-2010, 05:14 PM
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They are both rock solid bikes. If the dealer would let you test ride them I would do that and see which one fits you best and your riding style best. I like the 950 because its belt drive and I just like the looks better. The 950 has a more modern cruiser look to it. They are both good bikes so just flip a coin, it is a win win situation.

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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-13-2010, 05:43 PM
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I have the 1100 Custom and I agree it's a win win situation.

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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-13-2010, 07:23 PM
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Yamaha means winner

Fulltilt1 and HTMNKYLVE said really all that can be said, a winner is a winner anyway you cut it, and whatever you choose, if it fits and you like how it feels, that's the one. Sugar Bear is old school and would go with the 1100, but that's just me. Check them out (ride 'em) I think you will be very happy with what you choose.

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I'm like sugarbear (old school) so I'd probably go with the 1100. But I agree with everyone else that you can't go wrong either way. The 950's gonna give you more modern technology but the 1100's gonna give you piece of mind because it's been around for years and has proven to be a rock solid performer. Good luck!
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I would have to say, although I agree that the 1100 is a great bike, the 950 has a lot more of a modern style , and gets alot of compliments. power is pretty much the same for the most part, but the largest difference that any of us can state is the avaiability of accessories. The 1100 hands down has more accessories available than the 950 because the 950 just came out last year. I have had to customize alot of stuff that I did to my 950, I am extremely happy with it but I have had a little search on my hands, but if you don't mind searching to add you personal touch I'd say go for the 950. You can find my bike on youtube just to get and idea of the many possibilties for your bike. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do1aX71JJyk, anyways Good luck with which ever one you buy and safe riding.
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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-14-2010, 06:37 AM
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Nothing like haveing a brand spankin' new bike.
I just got my 950 T brand new and love it.
So even tho I prefer the 950, I would say go brand new.

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I just flipped a coin for you ! 950 it is!

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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-15-2010, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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Hi, all. I wanted to update everyone. I decided on the 950. I think it was a wonderful choice, so thanks for everyone's input. On the ride home from the dealership, I can just feel myself becoming one with the machine.

As soon as I got home, I went straight to home depot to pick up the bi-metal hole cutter and extension and went to work on that stock exhaust. Definitely a fuller, deeper sound with that metal plate cut out. One wonders how the bike ever breathed with that plate inside the exhaust fully blocking any exit?

Anyhoo... here's a stock (google) photo of the bike and the color (Tommy Blue).

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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-15-2010, 04:18 PM
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Sweet Ride... Nice Color!

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2005 1100 Custom
Speedster Slashdowns
ORKed 5/16" Lines
PODs K&N RU-600s W/PCV
PCS XXX/2 cams
Jetted & PMS Tweaked 20.0/152.5 3.0 turns
AIS Removed/Plugged
Wimmer Machine Custom Oil Cooler & Stash Tube
Pro-1 Tach
Dyna 3000 Step 5/ 6500 redline
TPS Connected
6" Fwd Control Extension W/Boards F&R
Memphis Shades Bullet Fairing
Progressive 465 rear
Progressive Springs and GVE front

10,000 Monkeys throwing crap at the glass and this one thinks he's Picasso...
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