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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-16-2018, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
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New member from Canada.

Specifically Collingwood, Ontario, on the south shore of Georgian Bay, Lake Huron.

I am a "returning" rider, typical old guy (67) getting back to something I enjoyed in my youth.
I am purchasing a red 2014 V star 950 this afternoon, just got back from the bank and from buying a helmet, jacket, windshield and oil and filter.
Sorry, no photos yet, but it's red, and I'm sure you know what they look like!

I have never owned a cruiser before, just what I would call "standard" bikes, and I find the seating position odd, so low I feel I am sitting in a kid's seat. Fine for short people I suppose, but I am on the large side, 6 feet tall and 180lbs. Anyway, I damaged my left leg in a fall a year ago so I felt I needed a lower bike to make it easier to get on and off.
I'm sure I'll get used to it.

Another reason for choosing a cruiser was the torque; I did not want to have to change down two gears and wind the motor past 8,000rpm to get on the power band. So all in all, I am confident I've made the right choice.
Can't wait to get the ownership, insurance and plate, and go for a ride!
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-16-2018, 11:54 AM
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Welcome from the Maritimes, Simon, and congrats on the new ride. Glad you joined us. The 950 is a real nice bike. I'm sure some of our taller members here can recommend ways to make it more comfortable for you if you find it too constricting.

I got my 1100 a couple of years ago as my way back into biking. It was also my first cruiser and did take some getting used to, but now I love it. I'm a little shorter - 5'9 and it fits me perfectly. I call it my lazy boy on two wheels. lol Looking forward to some pics when you get her all dressed up!

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Some of my favorite rides are up your way.

Enjoy the V-Star. Mine has served me well and I love the low and easy seating setup.

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  • K&N and Airbox Mod
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  • Cobra Fi2000r O2
  • National Cycle Cruiseliner Saddlebags & Liners
  • National Cycle Paladin Backrest & Rack
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  • Memphis Shades Fork Deflector Lowers (mounted upside down)
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Welcome from Houston, Texas. Hope the weather has warmed up so you can get some riding in. 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

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

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

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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-17-2018, 07:15 AM
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Welcome from Lower Ontario...London.. Congrats on getting back on a bike. I'm also 6' about 190 lbs and to adjust my 1300 I simply added an engine guard and highway pegs on the engine guard to extend my legs and be more comfortable. I find I flip out to the pegs pretty quick when riding just to be more comfortable and not cramped.

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I'm not quite 5' 6"...71 yrs old. I am also an old guy getting back into motorcycling after a long absence. My 650 Classic fits me great so far. I don't have my bike licence yet. Years ago, I had the choice of paying the extra money to keep my bike licence. I regret not keeping it now. When I was riding, foot pegs were directly below the rider but the seats were a couple of inches higher. I did have an 83 Virago 920 cc model J which I rode a bit without a licence and the bike fit me perfectly. The 650 V-Star has foot pegs a bit more forward which feels strange but the seat is only 28 inches off the ground. I paid a ridiculously low price for my 650 Classic with windshield and luggage. From what I have read, the 950 is a great bike.
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Thanks for all your replies and the friendly welcome!

I think I would prefer to raise the suspension somehow, rather than move my feet. this would also give more cornering clearance - I don;t want to get the nickname "Sparky"!
I also am thinking about getting a narrower set of bars. the whole riding position just seems odd to me.

Perhaps just a matter of getting used to this type of bike.
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Hi Dabluz!
(Guessing you enjoy a type of music originating in the Mississippi delta- I do too!)

I almost chose a 650, great looking bike and probably plenty of power for my needs, but I wasn't sure if I might want to do more highway riding in a few years, in which case the 950 would be more stable in the wake of a large truck and more relaxing at highway speeds.

The v star 650 seems like a great value for money.
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I owned an off road (enduro) MC for most of my life.

Yes the one thing that is really different on cruiser bikes is: you cannot stand up on the foot pegs. Riding off road you are standing up as much as you are sitting.

takes some getting use to, but I like the riding position on my Vstar.

You can raise the seat up just a bit by cranking the monoshock preload up a notch or two. You will lose some of the high end on your shock when you bounce over a bump. The shock will be closer to the top, and the ride will be more stiff. If you have not checked it yet take a look, the previous owner may have it cranked down low.

Something else, if you have never ridden with a drivers backrest give it a try, or borrow someone's bike that has one. Once I put one on my bike there is no going back.

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Hi Dabluz!
(Guessing you enjoy a type of music originating in the Mississippi delta- I do too!)

I almost chose a 650, great looking bike and probably plenty of power for my needs, but I wasn't sure if I might want to do more highway riding in a few years, in which case the 950 would be more stable in the wake of a large truck and more relaxing at highway speeds.

The v star 650 seems like a great value for money.
Yes....I played blues music in bars for a while. I play guitar and harmonica. Our band was quite popular. At my age, I was concerned about the weight of the bike versus seat height. My wife does not want to ride so I don't really need more power. Here in Canada, maximum speed is 110 km/h. In the province of Quebec, the highest speed limit I have seen is 100 km/h (60 mph).
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