Love the look of the Vmax - Star Motorcycle Forums: Star Raider, V-Max, V-Star, Road-Star Forum
 4Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-10-2013, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
shaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 38
Love the look of the Vmax

I'm currently a rider of a Vstar 1100 and have always wanted a Vmax.
I know when it comes to power they excel but you only use it if you can handle it, in my opinion.
What has me curious is the maneuverability and balance of this awesome machine for a 65 year old somewhat novice bike rider.
Your comments advice would be much appreciated.
shaker is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-10-2013, 06:32 PM
Super Moderator
 
bevo1981's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Austin
Posts: 12,825
depends on the 65yr old. if you're 65 and a self-proclaimed "novice bike rider", i say you probably shouldn't ride one. that much bike is too much for most people. it has a clocked 0-60mph time of 2.7 seconds and has clocked a 1/4 mile time of 9.74 seconds.


http://www.bikeland.org/board/viewth...8&pagenumber=6

http://www.starvmax.com/forum/17-gen...-60--0-120-mph

on a steel horse I ride
i create motorcycle videos. check them out here

bevo1981 is offline  
post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-10-2013, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
shaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 38
Vmax admirer

Thanks for advice and know deep down you are probably correct.
Darn it though!
shaker is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-10-2013, 08:41 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Ocean City Maryland
Posts: 15
Smile v max

Hello Shaker.

I just traded a 10 second bike in two weeks ago and im 53 years old, my fz1 was a blast. If you feel froggy go for it , you can only go as fast as you twist the throttle.

fastnadit
fastbandit is offline  
post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-11-2013, 05:20 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
shaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 38
You control it

How true Fastbandit!
shaker is offline  
post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-11-2013, 06:17 AM
Senior Member
 
NC_Steve's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 434
Love the look of the Vmax

Hey Shaker, like you, I've always loved that beefy powerful look of the vmax. However, I know only two options would eventually happen if I rode one. It would either mean an early grave or I would get in a lot of trouble. It's hard to have that capability and use it at least sometimes! Good luck with your choice.


Sent from Motorcycle.com Free App

4 wheels move the body....2 wheels move the soul
2012 V Star 950 Tourer
NC_Steve is offline  
post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-11-2013, 06:27 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
shaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 38
Know what you mean!

Thanks Steve.
shaker is offline  
post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-07-2013, 05:17 PM
Senior Member
 
Ken448's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: South East MI
Posts: 960
Quote:
Originally Posted by bevo1981 View Post
depends on the 65yr old. if you're 65 and a self-proclaimed "novice bike rider", i say you probably shouldn't ride one. that much bike is too much for most people. it has a clocked 0-60mph time of 2.7 seconds and has clocked a 1/4 mile time of 9.74 seconds.
If you ever have the thought of wanting a V Max, check the insurance rates, then if you REALLY want one, move forward after that LOL!
Ken448 is offline  
post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-25-2013, 04:18 PM
Member
 
bloomingtonmike's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 33
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ken448 View Post
If you ever have the thought of wanting a V Max, check the insurance rates, then if you REALLY want one, move forward after that LOL!
Old post I know but it simply is not true, with State Farm Insurance at least. The new Vmax is rated by cc just like any other cruiser motorcycle - it is not classified as a sport bike. The Vmax is on the same scale as any other 1700cccruiser motorcycle out there. I currently own a 2010 Vmax and owned a 2005 Warrior before that.

Go make some new disaster. Thats what I am counting on.
bloomingtonmike is offline  
post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-27-2013, 05:58 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: MD
Posts: 882
Quote:
Originally Posted by shaker View Post
Thanks for advice and know deep down you are probably correct.
Darn it though!
Hold up.

In terms of your skill level, where you are today is only where you will be tomorrow if you choose to stay put. A V-max, like any bike, has a clutch, shifter, front and rear brakes, throttle, handlebar and...you...for controls. It has two wheels and is rear drive. The only difference is what it CAN do vs. your skill and experience level.

I think EVERYONE should learn to ride on a dirt bike. Before taking to the street. Take a spill or two. Learn how the thing works, why it works, learn all the basic skills, friction zone, dragging rear brake for slow speed maneuvers, figure 8's, circles, cone weave, all of that.

Presuming you are past that and a regular street rider, 'somewhat novice' says to me time to go take an intermediate class and get sharp on the basics and reach the point where you consider yourself a solid intermediate. To me, that means you have the confidence in your riding skills that you could ride ANY street bike, properly and competently, right off the lot. That's not to say you can wring the thing out but, handle it. Stay within your skill set. Try and ride as many different bikes as possibly. Buddies, demo days, dealers that have a solid demo program.

I think EVERYONE should strive for at least that level of skill and competence.

From there, pick what you like, including a V-max and go ride that thing!

My first street bike was a Hayabusa. Knowing what it could do, being a little older, being honest about my skill level, having started on dirt bikes, I was nervous but, I knew I could handle it. Totally inappropriate bike for me but, not because it was some sort of magic beast trying to kill me but, simply ergonomics and riding style.

Work on your skills, always, sez I, regardless of whether you ride a V-Max or a 250 cc Shadow.
Larry Gude is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Star Motorcycle Forums: Star Raider, V-Max, V-Star, Road-Star Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome