the owners manual and service manual for the Vstar 650 are both on the internet in pdf format.
The maintenance intervals in the service manual are reasonable. I think the first couple are at 600 and 4000 miles, so your bike is really just getting broken in. Hard to believe its 13 years old.
If you don't know how old the oil is you might want to change the oil and filter. There is also 80W oil in the final drive on the back wheel, that is really easy to change.
The bike is old enough that I would pump all the brake fluid out of the reservoir, fill it with brand new Dot4, then pump (bleed) it through till it comes out clear at the bleeder valve. Its so easy to do, and will only cost you a few bucks, getting that old brake fluid out of your cylinders will be worth it. To be clear, you never want to pump air through the master cylinder - so syphon or suck all the fluid out of the open reservoir on the brake lever assemble with a hand pump, then fill it back up with new fluid, then pump the new fluid through by bleeding the caliper cylinder on the wheel.
Some people will tell you to change your tires - they are probably the original tires. The back tire normally lasts for about 8,000 miles and the front tire will go twice as long if you are not nuts about stopping hard with the front brake. If you are riding the bike really hard in the corners those old tires are going to be hard, and may be dry rot (cracking?). If you are just puttering around on the bike, and you are not riding the interstates at 65+Mph, they might be ok for a little while. But when you get your confidence up and start pushing the bike hard, get new tires.
So just two more things for maintenance:
The valve clearance is listed to be checked and adjusted every 4000 miles. The first 600, and 4000 mile checks are the most important, because that is when the valves settle in the most. If you cannot be sure they were done at 4k miles, then don't wait too long. If the valves wear in they seat tighter, which can keep them from closing all the way - then the high compression gasses will start to blow through when the piston fires, and it will burn the edges of the valves.
You have to take the carbs off the bike to check all four valves, so its at least 2 hours if you are good at it. The first time might take you 3 hours if you have to learn what you are doing as you go along. After the 4k mile check you can let it go for maybe 8000 miles, they don't change so much as the bike wears in.
The last thing is your air filter - if it does not look white like paper, get a new one. A dirty air filter on a MC will choke off a surprising amount of air and starve your engine. If it looks like an old grey tee shirt, you will see how much the bike comes to life when you replace it.
The MSF riding course material has excellent recommendations for riding gear. I think you can download the beginners course manual online for free. I would recommend a full face helmet (unless you don't like your face and teeth), a textile or leather MC riding jacket (not a Wilson Farms Mall jacket), riding gloves, and riding boots. If you are going to ride on the interstate highways get riding pants too. If you are mostly on secondary roads or commuting, a good pair of heavy jeans will get by, but you may get some road rash if you get knocked off your bike.
Since I already mentioned it, if you have not taken the MSF beginners course I would recommend it. I took it to get my license (instead of doing the road test thing) and I was amazed at how many things I did not know, and how many things I had been doing wrong. I have owned off road MCs for over 30 years, did not ride on the streets for more than a couple years, so I thought the MSF course would be a formality. The things I learned have saved me from wrecking my 2005 Vstar 650 many many times in the 5 years since I took the course.
Guessing ahead for what you might ask: the most common question new Vstar riders asks is "My bike wont start, or my bike quits when I shift into gear". If you try to start in gear or shift your bike into gear with the kickstand down, the engine shuts off. It happens to just about everyone sooner or later. With the kickstand down it will only run in neutral.
you got a great bike - they are incredibly reliable and very easy to ride. You can expect to put at least another 80k to 100k miles on that odo. The only other thing after 13 years, you can go around the bike with a spray can of white lithium grease, get your kickstand pivot, the clutch cable, and any other moving or sliding parts - check the service or owners manual for lube points.
Last edited by KCW; 03-04-2018 at 04:27 PM.