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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-02-2018, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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Howdy, My wife just picked up a 2000 650 V Star yesterday so I'm here to educate myself on her machine because I know she's going to ask me questions I can't answer.

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Oh, forgot to mention that I ride a 2008 Suzuki 650 vStrom.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-03-2018, 06:10 AM
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Welcome to the forum from East Tennessee. How about some pics? We love em here.


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post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-03-2018, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry about the quality of the pictures, they were not really intended for forum posting just took a few the first day when she got the bike.





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The pics are fine, nice two tone paint. Clean looking bike!


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Looks nice!

I suggest whenever she is not riding on the interstate highways take off the windshield - its a completely different bike naked

and if she is not going to use them, the bike looks great without the passenger seat.

also makes sure she understands about eye-blurring instant headache head buffeting at 70mph+. Without fork deflectors she may get that, and if she doesnt know what it is, you cant ride with your skull in a paint can shaker.
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post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-04-2018, 01:46 PM
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KCW - I've got a 01 V-Star 650 Classic and, you're right about buffeting! (Although I've got a Memphis Shades wind screen.) Will fork deflectors make that much of a difference?
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yes, if your windshield is tall enough for you, but you are getting buffeting at highways speeds, that is what lowers / fork deflectors are for. It makes a larger pocket of air behind the windshield and throws the air up higher over your helmet.

You will have to adjust the angle of the windshield and deflectors to get the best results. As long as your windshield comes up to the level of your nose, you should be able to tune it in.

It wont be perfect, like riding a goldwing with a full fairing, but it will be better than riding with nothing at 75mph.
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Well, I feel like I've hijacked the thread but, yes - I get buffeting starting at 50 MPH so, I may look into this. Thanks!

And, Welcome gdrew! I'm a new member (joined today). Sorry to hijack your introduction.

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try leaning your windshield as far forward as it will go on the mounts. It seems counter intuitive, but that throws the air up at a steeper angle, and may be enough to clear your helmet.

Buffeting is a function of windspeed - if you are riding into a 20mph headwind at 50, then the air is hitting you at 70mph.

strong crosswinds will screw it up too.
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Well, I feel like I've hijacked the thread but, yes - I get buffeting starting at 50 MPH so, I may look into this. Thanks!

And, Welcome gdrew! I'm a new member (joined today). Sorry to hijack your introduction.
No apologies required, I'm enjoying the conversation and learning lots too.

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