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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-19-2014, 08:08 AM Thread Starter
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Switching from Drag bars back to stock

Hey all I am new to the forum and just picked up a 2001 vstar 1100 custom last night (sold the r6 last week).

PO put on a drag bar which doesn't really fit my taste. I'd like to go back to the stock bar. I'm assuming and hoping that there shouldn't be any issues with cables or wiring needing lengthening or shortening but it would be great if someone could confirm that.

My understanding is I just need the handlebars and a set of risers (BTW I do have a wanted / for trade add in classifieds if you're interested) and I should be good to go.

On a side note I am loving the v star. After owning an r6 for years and being amazed by the performance and reliability that comes with Yamaha I was hesitant to give that up. I road a buddies road king and got the itch for a cruiser. Than when I road a buddies v star it was a no brainer. I love the bike, plenty of power, super comfortable, great looks, yamaha reliability, and it has got to be the smoothest gearbox I have ever used. I couldn't believe how much smoother it feels than a harley shifter.

Only other mod I am going to do is highway bars. It already has a windshield, sissy bar, saddlebags, and floorboards.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-19-2014, 09:16 AM
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Enjoy your new cruiser. When you start craving more power in a little while, look into a Roadstar. To me, they're what cruisers are all about.

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We'll see. I think I will be content for a while. I briefly looked at the roadstar but I'm not a big guy, and I don't ride 2 up often. The 1100 seems to have all the power to accelerate that I want with regard to the law.

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Welcome mcurcio! How about about posting up some pics of your new ride? And where ya from?

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I'm in northwest Ohio. I just picked up the bike last night and I don't have any pics yet as it was dark when I got it home.

I really don't like the look of the drag bars. IMO they just totally don't fit the flow of the bike. A V star is a pretty curvy bike with lots of rounded flowing lines (like most cruisers) and the drag bars just totally conflict with that. Obviously plenty of people like them but I do not get it.
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you can go several inches in difference between an upgrade from stock to ape hangers without changing out cables, and i wouldn't think someone would replace the cables when switching to a dragbar where less cable length is needed. because changing to shorter cables would just be for looks if they didn't like how the cables bunched out a little. they may have rerouted them, but i doubt replaced them with shorter cables. show us a pic

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Here is a pic of the bike. I don't have a close up of the bars. The cables do appear to be a little long so I'm sure they are stock. I took the sissy bar off last night. It's easy enough to throw on if I ever need to but I prefer the look of it off and I don't ride 2 up often.

I think the drag bars would probably look alright with the windshield off but I'm pretty sure I'm going to leave it on. It just adds so much comfort to the ride.

Weather has been rainy lately which sucks. After looking at the bike more I am very impressed by how clean it is. There just isn't any grease or dirt anywhere on it. I'm sure a lot of that has to do with the PO's and some of it can be credited to yamaha making well sealed components.

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