Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: New Brunswick, Canada
I have an 1100 classic, which is an excellent bike, but I did test drive a 99 Roadstar before I bought it. While the Roadstar felt nice, I was worried the extra weight might be an issue. It had been several years since I'd ridden bikes and I decided an 1100 would be big enough. About half way through the season this year and a couple of relatively short highway cruises with my wife I was wishing I'd held out for the Roadie. The 1100 is great solo or around town, and on the highway it gets the job done and will cruise at 75 all day with some in reserve. Not sure about the 6th gear (it's a short stroke engine and needs to rev) but I get what you mean. It does get a little "buzzy" over 65. What I'd like is something with a little longer legs, and that long stroke 1700 is just what the doctor ordered. From what I've read, people who own them absolutely love them and more than one says they prefer them over any other bike they've owned (yes, including HD). 100,000 plus miles is not unusual and is more the norm with them.
After riding mine for a summer I sat on a used Roadstar at the local dealership (haven't had the opportunity to ride one lately) and like you I found the feel to be similar and the weight difference negligible. I'm about 5'9 and 180 lbs and felt perfectly comfortable on it. As soon as the budget allows I'm going to try one out and likely trade up. From my research (and budget restrictions) I'm going to go with a carbed 1700.
I know this doesn't exactly answer your questions but just wanted to let you know there are others who feel the same way. If you do trade, please post and let us know your thoughts.
2007 Vulcan Nomad
2000 V Star 1100 Classic (Sold)
All stock except for:
Switchblade Quick Release Windshield
Ugly but somewhat functional saddlebags