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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-11-2017, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone. I'm new to the Star family, and wanted to introduce myself. My riding experience has just been 5 years, and roughly 25K miles. But I have definitely loved the experience of the open road.

Until recent I was a huge Honda fan, being the proud owner of both a Shadow Spirit 750, as well as a CB500x. Although both were very dependable, one was lacking the California Highway speed conditions, and the other was lacking the comfortable Cruiser feel.

Out of pure luck I happened to stop by my local Bike shop, and had noticed a great deal on a Yamaha V star 1300. It took me about 2 weeks of research, and back and forth decision making - to make my mind up.

I went for it! I traded in both Bikes, and became the proud owner of an 07 V star 1300. I am now riding into my 2nd week, and get more and more thankful of my decision during each ride. With a daily commute of just over 100 miles, the bike rides like a dream. Although Honda does make a great Bike as well, I have no plans of ever returning back. I truly believe I have become a Star 1300 lifer.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-11-2017, 04:01 PM
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Congrats, LaneSplitter, and welcome to the forum. I have an 1100 but I hear the 1300 is a beautiful cruiser (probably has the little extra oomph I'd like to have in mine). Kinda wish my 6 mile commute was a little longer so I could spend a little more time in the saddle.

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Welcome from Houston, Texas. Ride often and safe.

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-11-2017, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you guys. And yes the bike definitely has some oomph. I don't have much to compare it too, except for my previous Shadow 750 Spirit. And there is definitely nothing to compare, except the fact they are both in the cruiser family.

My 45-50 mile commute each way is definitely the highlight of my work days. Although with the extra 8 inch width, Lane splitting has slowed down for the moment. But while traffic is open, I cannot get over how smooth the Star rides at 75-80mph.
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-11-2017, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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@lesblank thanks for the Houston Welcome. One of these days I'm going to need to ride your direction during the NFL season. My daughter and I are huge Texans fans.
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-12-2017, 10:38 AM
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Hi Lanesplitter, welcome to the forum. Test ride a 2016 1300 last Friday at a Yamaha Demo Rides tour. Great bike! Send us a pic of yours and great intro!


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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-12-2017, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all of the great replies everyone. Here is a picture of my new Beauty right here.
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-13-2017, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you very much. I am loving it.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-13-2017, 07:12 PM
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Hey welcome! Great looking ride. Glad you're loving it so far. Thanks for sharing the pic.

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