hello everyone i'm new to the forums and just sold my first bike this past week it was a Kymco Venox 250. I have been looking at new bikes and am thinking about buying a VSTAR 650cc. I have a few questions first.
I want to enjoy riding on the highway and in the mtns of North Carolina. I'm 6'1 200lbs. Would this be a issue?
I'm looking to spend between 2,500-4,000 on a new bike and most of the Vstar 1100 are not in that price range. Should I wait and get a 1100 or would I be happy on a 650 for years?
Welcome, yes Sugar Bear does agree with the guys who have posted. It all depends on how you ride and what you want in a bike, do you ride alone, do you ride backroads, ect? It could very well serve you well, or not be nearly enough, it all depends on you,and what you want. Whatever, have fun and ride safe
Last month I moved up from my Suzuki GZ250 to a V-Star 650. I'm 5' 8" and 235 lbs and it's got no problem moving me around. I regularly ride with my neighbor who has a V-Star 1100 and it's no problem keeping up with him. It's all going to depend on what you want from your ride. I like to use it to run around town and to take weekend cruises. Bigger bikes aren't always town friendly. The 650 will run 65 all day long without a whimper so highway riding is no problem. I haven't had it on the interstate yet but don't anticipate any problems.
Good luck in whatever you decide and ride safe.
2009 V-Star 650 Classic Pearl White
2007 Suzuki GZ250 Black (sold)
maybe you should open yourself up to looking at used bikes as well. for your size and wanting to ride through the mountains, you may want something bigger than a 650 and looking at used rides will let you do that. a bigger bike will give you more power for those mountains and some people like to go faster than 65.
I looked at the 650 vs. the 950 vs. The difference was about $1,500.00. I went with the 950 just for the extra weight. Seems like the heavier the bike, the more stable a ride with more weight. Especially on the highway.
09 Vstar 950T
86 Magna VF700C
05 Ninja EX250F
I had a Majesty 400 before I got my 950T. I started to look at the 650, but for the price difference and the way I fit on the 950 I decided on that bike. I don't regret spending the extra money for the bigger bike. The 950 can run at 70 plus all day and feels like a smaller bike. Looking into used is not a bad idea. Most people take great care of their bikes and I have seen some really mint used bikes for sale. You will not be sorry for buying a V-Star!
'09 V-Star 950 Tourer
Liquid SilverAugust 4, 2010
Passenger Foot Pads (Yamaha)
Scootworks Phat Risers w/2" pull
Hel front brake line
Tripple Whammy brake & turn controler
Yamahs Big bar engine guard
Yamaha Passing lamps
I would ride more, but my wife says I have to work to pay for the bike. LOL
Last month I moved up from my Suzuki GZ250 to a V-Star 650. I'm 5' 8" and 235 lbs and it's got no problem moving me around. I regularly ride with my neighbor who has a V-Star 1100 and it's no problem keeping up with him. It's all going to depend on what you want from your ride. I like to use it to run around town and to take weekend cruises.
how does it do up hills?
yea i'm looking around on craigslist right now plenty of VSTAR 650 but not many 1100 and if there is they mostly have 15k plus miles which is kinda high in my opinion.
I want to be able to ride around with my neighbor that has a valkyrie. Drive in the country around town in the mtns all over really.
The hardest thing for me is I can't compare any power since i'm use to a 250 and I know going up hills on that it struggled. The power of that bike is all I know really.
I found this deal here which i think is pretty good