Join Date: May 2014
Location: Evansville, indiana
Just Picked Up My "New" V-Star
Hi, I just drove home my "new" 2009 Star 1300 Tourer yesterday 275 miles. It only had 131 miles on it when I picked it up! Compared to my "too small" 800cc C50T and my "too big" Goldwing, the Star seems to be the right size and weight for me, while still being smooth on the highway due to its taller gearing.
On the negative side, I did notice the "clunkiness" of lower gear changes, the stretch needed for the handlebars, and the buffeting. Also compared to my less expensive C50T, I think Yammy skimped on a few things (chrome around handlebar switches & master cylinder, no fuel gauge, etc.). Anyway, I have a few questions:
1. I'm considering a mustang seat. How much will it move me forward? I hear replacing the handlebars will reduce my stretch by 3" (since 3" more pullback), but I wasn't sure if the mustang seat will eliminate some of stretch. At 5' 10.5" tall, it's not real uncomfortable, but I do feel discomfort in my lower neck and shoulders after a long ride.
2. I've read I can replace the handlebars for $125 and no cable changes are needed. Can I buy these handlebars on the internet, or must I go through my Yammy dealer?
3. I was only given one key. Can I get an extra key made at a hardware store, or is it a special key that must be made at the Yammy dealer?
4. The self-canceling turn signals don't work well. They only cancel under 50% of the time even after major turns. Is this normal, or is some type of adjustment needed?
5. Although I saw chrome to dress up the master cylinder, has anybody seen chrome to dress up the black handlebar switch housings (where the horn, turn signal, starter switches, etc. are located)? I searched but only found something for the 650, not 1300.
6. Although I suspect not, are there any adjustments to reduce the clunkiness of the lower gear changes? Also I find the clutch and brake levers to be rotated too far downward for my taste. I assume these are adjustable?
Sorry for all the questions, and thanks in advance!