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post #1 of 47 (permalink) Old 12-05-2010, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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950 vs 1100 engine

is there any big drop in power going from the 1100 to the 950 ? I want a bigger bike but dont want to get the 950 and find I should of bought something bigger.
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post #2 of 47 (permalink) Old 12-05-2010, 12:24 PM
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From a little poking around it looks like the 1100 does make a little bit more power than the 950. Like low 50's vs. high 40's. Neither is going to pull your arms out of their sockets. I've never ridden a 950 but the difference is likely pretty small unlike going to say a 650 from either.
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I think the 950 is roughly 50hp vs 62 in the 1100.
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agreed. the difference in power appears to be minimal between the 2 models, about 10 cubic inches in displacement. you may want to look at the 1300 instead if you're not even considering the 950. 80 cubic inches for the 1300 as opposed to 65 cubic inches for the 1100
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I think the 950 is roughly 50hp vs 62 in the 1100.
I think those numbers are crank HP. I was looking at RWHP.

Here's a '10 950 dyno (44.9hp) http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/50480/...omparison.aspx

Same source for the 1100 (53.1hp) (no plot though) http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/275/96...ha-V-Star.aspx

I've seen 1300's dyno just under 70hp so there's a good jump up from the 950 (or 1100).
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Naaw thats an old man's bike

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post #9 of 47 (permalink) Old 12-05-2010, 08:20 PM
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My 950 has all the power I could ever want. I cruised the interstate at 80mph like it was nothing for almost 500 miles. When I want to pass a car or a big rig, just pull that throttle back and she responds very nicely. Plus I ride my wife on the back alot and it doesn't even feel like she's on the bike. I used to have a 1000 Sportster and my 950 far surpasses it.

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I have ridden a stock 1100 and a 950. Just the feeling of the seat of the pants, they feel about the same as far as power goes. The 950 may put out a less power, but it doesn't lose as much through the belt as the 1100 loses through the shaft drive. JMHO.
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