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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-08-2018, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
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2002 vstar 1100

I just inherited this motorcycle and just trying to find out more about it. Thanks in advance.

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-08-2018, 10:36 AM
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Welcome from Houston, Texas. I've got an 1100 also, Great bike. Here's a few interesting threads to check out when you get a chance.

StarBikeForums Bike of the Month - Star Motorcycle Forums: Star Raider, V-Max, V-Star, Road-Star Forum

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forums...ighlight=Yammy

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https://www.starbikeforums.com/forums...enced-you.html

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Welcome from Atlantic Canada, stingray. I also have an 1100 Classic. Wish I had the Silverado option package yours has (factory saddlebags, windshield, passenger backrest, and studded seats). I bought it as my first bike in about 20 years and the biggest one I've ever owned, but I found it easy to handle in the city and it has enough power to carry a passenger at highways speeds. You're gonna love it!
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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-08-2018, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the welcome guys! I'm from Dallas, TX. To be honest, I'm a little intimidated. Never rode before and not sure if I'm going to keep it. My step-dad bought this new in 2001 I think. He took really good care of it from what I can see.

I'm going to try to learn to ride it and see where it goes from there. I'll probably invest in a class. My buddy rode it yesterday and he came back smiling. So that gave me more motivation.

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I would strongly recommend a riding class. Here's a link for Texas.

Texas Motorcycle Training

Many here have taken the class and all come away with a valuable experience.

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Here's a good link for first hand experience on the riding course.

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forums...hlight=Classes
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Take the MSF beginners course, you get your license in 3 days, it costs about $250, which will pay for itself the 1st time you don't drop the bike.

The 2nd, 3rd, 4th... time you don't drop your bike is all frosting on the cake.

Seriously, I took the class 5 years ago, and after 27,000 miles on my VS 650 it has saved me many times.
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Take the MSF beginners course, you get your license in 3 days, it costs about $250, which will pay for itself the 1st time you don't drop the bike.

The 2nd, 3rd, 4th... time you don't drop your bike is all frosting on the cake.

Seriously, I took the class 5 years ago, and after 27,000 miles on my VS 650 it has saved me many times.
Haha, well said. Thanks for the advise.

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Welcome to the forum from East Tennessee Stingray. You got great advice and as you get more comfortable with your riding skills, the grin on your face as you ride will get bigger and bigger!


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Something that has taken me a long time to figure out: you cannot tell what a unique, nearly mystical experience it can be to ride a motorcycle, just by looking at one, sitting on a MC, or watching other people ride and talking about it.

You have to ride a bike with enough training to be confident, and then you get it.

Most people do not even understand that a motorcycle is self balancing - once you get up over 20mph, you dont balance the bike, it balances itself (because of the big heavy gyroscopic wheels and tires). You only steer the bike where you want to go.

Which brings up another important thing: Motorcycles steer backwards at speed. To turn right you PUSH the right handgrip forward, the bike leans to the right and turns to the right. If you try to ride the bike and steer it like a car it will go the opposite way from what you want. That always always always ends badly.

When you get your permit, the first time you take it for a ride, if you dont remember anything else, remember that one thing. Its called countersteering by the way.
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