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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-14-2017, 06:13 AM Thread Starter
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Hi, I'm new here I ride a Xvs650 classic 2001, love riding it , looking forward to learning more about it.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-14-2017, 07:46 AM
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Hi Mike, welcome to the forum from East Tennessee. One thing we love is pics of members rides, please share some with us and ride safely!


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Welcome from Houston, Texas. Ride often and safe.
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2001 Vstar 1100 Classic (sold), Cobra Slash Cut full exhaust, Dropped 1 inch with lowering links, ORK, 4.5 inch handlebar risers, Ultimate passenger seat, Passenger pegs moved forward 4 inches, Handlebar clock, KN air filter, Viking saddlebags, Additional rear lighting
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-14-2017, 07:27 PM
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well... lets get you started. Google the consumer reports stories on motor cycle ratings, esp reliability.

V star cruisers, esp the mid size ones like our 650s, are THE most reliable bikes on the market!

Harley is second from the bottom of the list

and the most unreliable bike you can get is a BMW.

That is some bragging rights right there: seriously, google it.

and dont take any crap off anyone about your yamaha bike!

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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-16-2017, 03:54 PM
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Welcome from Maritime Canada. KCW is absolutely right, the V Stars are incredibly reliable. I researched for 2 years before I bought mine and even though it's 17 years old, it still looks and rides like a new one. You made the right choice.
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Hey mike thanks for the intro. Where you from and how long have you had your bike? Always happy to have new members here!

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Welcome from Maritime Canada. KCW is absolutely right, the V Stars are incredibly reliable. I researched for 2 years before I bought mine and even though it's 17 years old, it still looks and rides like a new one. You made the right choice.
wow, my experience was the opposite, I guess I was just stupidly lucky!

I planned on getting my MC license for 6 months (had to wait for spring for the MSF classes to have an opening), and all that time I was hankering for a HD Iron Sportster.

Got my license, sold my 16' hobie cat, went to a HD dealer with $3k in my pocket in sweaty cash to buy a new bike, and they would not let me take one for a test ride.

Went to the Yamaha dealer because I had owned an IT175 enduro for most of my adult life, and they were as nice and accomidating as can be. Saw the VS650 classis there, looked them up on craigslist, found a guy selling one with 8k on the odo for $3300.... Total time was about a week till it was in my driveway.

Could not be happier. Was not until later that I found out the VStar ratings from consumer reports.
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wow, my experience was the opposite, I guess I was just stupidly lucky!

I planned on getting my MC license for 6 months (had to wait for spring for the MSF classes to have an opening), and all that time I was hankering for a HD Iron Sportster.

Got my license, sold my 16' hobie cat, went to a HD dealer with $3k in my pocket in sweaty cash to buy a new bike, and they would not let me take one for a test ride.

Went to the Yamaha dealer because I had owned an IT175 enduro for most of my adult life, and they were as nice and accomidating as can be. Saw the VS650 classis there, looked them up on craigslist, found a guy selling one with 8k on the odo for $3300.... Total time was about a week till it was in my driveway.

Could not be happier. Was not until later that I found out the VStar ratings from consumer reports.
A dealer that wouldn't let you test drive...wow. They must sell a lot of bikes with that attitude.

I always wanted a Harley too, KCW. Then one day I was talking to a guy at work about them and he opened my eyes. He said Harley's are great if you have lots of money to throw around, but if you want something inexpensive to buy and operate, look at the metric cruisers. I took his advice, did my homework and had it narrowed down to a Vulcan 900 or a V Star 1100. I went back and forth but in the end the Yamaha was the better option. I wanted something good for taking a passenger and doing a little highway riding and while the 900 probably would've worked fine, the 1100 just felt like it would have just a little more ooomph. Plus I found a good one at a great price. Absolutely no regrets, although I may be looking for a Roadie in a year or two.

Anyway, not trying to hijack Mike's thread.

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