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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-27-2017, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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Hi y?all. New rider. Going on two weeks now. Came across a 07 vStar 650 with 12k miles. So far I love it. Replaced the air filter with a K&N for now. Thinking about getting some pipes that are a little louder. Need input on that. Also want to put in crash bars. Thanks.
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-27-2017, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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Here?s a few pics. I have taken the windshield down for now.
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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-28-2017, 07:01 AM
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If you are going to put performance exhaust on the bike, do it as soon as possible since you have already modified the air intake. When you get the new exhaust on you will need to change the jets in the carbs to make the bike run correctly (not run lean). So get that all done at the same time. The jets are selected based on the intake and exhaust you put on the bike.

Is your windshield on a quick release? I really prefer my bike with it off, unless Im on the interstate going 70mph for an hour or more, or if its below 50F in the morning.

Did you ride the bike at 65mph+ on the highway with the windshield on, because it looks like its angled (raked) all the way back, about the same angle as the front forks, and I would expect your head felt like you were leaning on an orbital sander (unless the windshield it higher than your helmet). With the windshield at about the same height as your nose (so you can see over it, and the air blows up over your head) you can get severe buffeting on your helmet when its not angled just right - which is usually leaning forward as far as the mounts will allow.

That is a nice drivers backrest - you got a nicely modified bike.
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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-28-2017, 07:41 AM Thread Starter
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I took the windshield off first day. I do take it on the hwy a couple of times a week and it hasn?t been too bad at 70mph. What?s a good place to get performance pipes? That?s probably the only other adjustment I have in mind( that and rejet it afterwards). There?s a mc repair shop by my house. Went by there yesterday afternoon and spoke to the mechanic about it. He did pointed out that it may be running lean. There?s coloring on the front pipe, close to the front wheel, when it?s hot. So any suggestions on where to get performance pipes would be appreciated it.
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I have not purchased exhausts for any MC, but in general a good place to look is on Amazon. It sounds odd but give it a try - its a good way to get a feeling for going prices.

I have gotten tires, tune-up parts and my windshield from BikeBandit.com. Pretty much all of the MC parts websites will have exhaust systems.

It sometimes takes a day or two for people with the specific experience you are looking for to respond on this forum, so looking around on the MC parts websites will give you a quick idea of prices.

Your mechanic sounds like he know what he is doing. When you have an idea of what the exhaust will cost online + shipping, ask the shop how much they can get the same one for. Some shops charge a lot of overhead, and some are pretty reasonable. For example, when I needed a new battery I found them online for about $30. The only ones the local shop sells are $200. But they have pretty competitive prices on tires, windshields, helmets... So you have to check around first.

Whenever I can I give my business to a local shop, because it is nice to have a good mechanic nearby that I can depend on.

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post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-28-2017, 08:51 AM
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Welcome to the forum from NC!

My wife rides 650 custom and that's a very cool bike!


I normally use Partsgiant for upgrades. They seem to have lower prices than any other place. I bought Cobra speedster slashdown pipes from them for around $140 cheaper than Amazon, Ebay, JPcycles, Revzilla, etc. Cobrapowerflo intake and cobra floorboards were about $50 cheaper and I just ordered Lindby Linbar last night that was $51 cheaper than anywhere else I went.

For spare OEM parts I normally use Partzilla and Jake Wilson for tires.

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Welcome to the forum from Eastern Canada. The 650 is an excellent choice for your first ride and it looks like you got yourself a nice one!

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Welcome from Houston, Texas. Nice looking bike. I ride as 1100 so can't help much with the exhaust. There are many 650 riders here so I'm sure you will get great suggestions. Ride often and safe.

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Hey guys. I?ve been looking at the 4 hole mod for the stock pipes. I just want to be louder than what they are now. Is drilling the 4 holes harmful to the bike or not? I wanna give that a shot before spending a few hundred on pipes.
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