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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-01-2014, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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Newbie though I am, I'm contemplating moving from the 650 to the 1300. Mainly due to highway performance. Does great around town and on back roads, but it just doesn't seem geared for cruising above 55. Here in TX we have a lot of lonely highways with 60 or 70 speed limits. I'm happy to go the speed limit and am in no way a speed demon, but get incredibly frustrated when I'm behind someone plodding along at 5mph less than the speed limit and the 650 doesn't have enough oomph to safely pass in a reasonably short period.

Thoughts on the 1300?

The 1300 I'm looking at doesn't have saddlebags--would the bags from my 650 fit? I'm guessing the nice Mustang seat my 650 has wouldn't swap over, but that would be a nice surprise.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-01-2014, 11:27 AM
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Assuming you don't have hard bags on your 650, they're probably just the normal throw-over type. You would need new brackets specific to your 1300, but you could get those for well under $100 and then be able to mount almost any soft saddlebag. Unfortunately your seat will be incompatible.

I love my 650 and plan on keeping it until something that can't reasonably be repaired happens, but I also "upgraded" to a larger bike. Been spending much more time on the 1600 recently because I prefer the lower rpms and greater torque. Surprisingly, I have actually seen better gas mileage from the bike with 2.5x the displacement.

The transition took a little time because the bigger bike was so much heavier and more powerful, but the difference is amazing. Considering how soft the market is on used Yamahas, you can get an amazing deal on Roadstars.

The 1300 is water-cooled and a slightly different beast, plus some people say they still feel a little hurried at highway speeds. Only a test ride can answer that for you. Personally, I feel like a V-Twin should be air-cooled, and I'm super pleased with the 48-52mpg I get from my R*.

One thing is for certain...once you move to ANY of the bigger bikes. Your 650 will never feel quite the same again.

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About the only thing I don't like at hi way speeds is Im always looking for the 6th gear (which it doesn't have) seems like its screaming past 65-85mph. It's got plenty of passing power even when riding 2 up. I think the 1300 is a great hybrid for city/back roads and occasional to moderate hi way travels. If I mostly did hi ways I would be looking at a bigger bike and something with 6th gear.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-01-2014, 07:12 PM
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About the only thing I don't like at hi way speeds is Im always looking for the 6th gear (which it doesn't have) seems like its screaming past 65-85mph. It's got plenty of passing power even when riding 2 up. I think the 1300 is a great hybrid for city/back roads and occasional to moderate hi way travels. If I mostly did hi ways I would be looking at a bigger bike and something with 6th gear.


That is very true, im always lookin for that 6th gear too... hahaha
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-02-2014, 07:39 AM
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I just recently bought a 1100. It too needs a higher gear. I know you didn't ask about the 1100 but I can relate to that situation. That being said, if I were you I would get a roadster. It's not all that much larger than a 1300 and you will never be looking for more torque or power on the interstate
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-02-2014, 08:00 AM
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I had a VStar 1300 and a month or so back bought a new Road Star. The 1300 handles easy and I had no problem at highway travel even 2 up. With that said I like my Road Star even more. The Road Star for me is even more smoother and a good highway ride. I also find it as easy to handle , maybe more-so than the 1300, at all speeds. Jim
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