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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-23-2018, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 2004 Yamaha vstar 650 that I do enjoy yet looking to move up. Also, I will most likely keep the 650. First observation of this forum? I find it incredibly weird that this site has a more stringent password requirement than any of my banks, investment sites, or work login.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-23-2018, 07:08 PM
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Welcome from Houston, Texas. Here's a few interesting threads to check out when you get a chance.

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I have the same bike, a 2005 classic 650

what bikes are you looking at for something bigger?

Ive had mine for 5 years, 30,000 miles. Im thinking Roadstar, Roadliner (love carb'ed bikes with pushrods!)

or maybe a VS 1300, or something just for the highway like an FJR-1300
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Welcome, I love to hear your thoughts as you check out the different bikes.
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Hahaha, "rules say I have to post"... ah Darlage, you're such a requirements drama queen.

Fellow members, this is the old friend whose XVS650 I've mentioned before, the one he bought back in Autumn and is also the dude who roped me in to doing that Indian demo ride.
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Welcome to the forum Darlage! Love to see some pics of your 650.


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Hahaha, "rules say I have to post"... ah Darlage, you're such a requirements drama queen.

Fellow members, this is the old friend whose XVS650 I've mentioned before, the one he bought back in Autumn and is also the dude who roped me in to doing that Indian demo ride.
lol, I am always dramatic. Also, I think I sent you a link to a video where I am unsure of my engine. It kinda now sounds like my MR2 did before that engine when poof!

Hello Everyone!

I am looking at the following bikes: Indian Scout and 60, Honda Phantom(most likely not though), Yamaha Bolt, Striker, 950, 1100,1300, Vulcan S, VULCAN 900 CUSTOM and Victory Octane.

I love the way the Scout looks yet for whatever reason I didnt enjoy the drive. I think that could be racked up to having a shit week up to that point, hating the guy leading the ride as he almost killed half of us in a span of 3 minutes, and having a job interview while at the dealership. There is another event near me at the end of July so I am going to give it a go again(more than welcome to come with Jens) and Yamaha has one I think they said in August or September. Just need to find out when Kawasaki has one and I should be able to have this all wrapped up.

Sadly,, right now i am kinda struggling in what I want as I basically just want a faster version of my 650 so if anyone has ridden any of the above i would love to hear how they specifically compared to the vstar in the below areas

1) Seating position
2) Accelaration to 60.
3) Highway driving from 60-80 specifically vibration and ability to accelarate.
4) How it handles twisties and flickability.

Any help would be greatly appreciated and I also threw in a pic of my dogs as they are awesome!
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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-24-2018, 11:35 PM
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Boomer is such the alpha... when it comes to cameras anyway.

I'll have to say when it comes to 'new' bikes I would go with the Scout Bobber. Right out of the box it has the feel and mannerisms I can appreciate. It's naked, has that raw no BS 'in the wind' feel I like and revs low at highways speeds so it'll do long hauls without feeling frenzied. That's my take based on limited experiences with the bikes you've mentioned. But then we're physically a little different.

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... Also, I think I sent you a link to a video where I am unsure of my engine. It kinda now sounds like my MR2 did before that engine when poof! ...
Dude, I didn't get the vid but that's not surprising since I turn off all data transfer... it's enough that I answer friggin text messages on a phone that in my day was used for actually talking to people... yeah voice and crap... no reading messages as though we were in the Victorian age sending each other letters. What's the next backward trend, sending Morse code via smart phones?
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Not sure how much help I can be as I've never ridden a 650, but I have an 1100 so I'll give you my impressions of that. Overall it's a great bike, but I would prefer a little more oomph for two up highway riding. Not that it can't handle it, I just want something that will lope along a little easier at speed with me, the wife, and a couple of days luggage (maybe just a personal thing). If you just ride solo, it works excellent around town or on the highway. It seems happiest between 50 - 65 on two lane roads.

So, as to your points:

1) Seating position is very good. I'm 5'9 and recently added a set of 4.5" risers, which improved it greatly. As you know from your 650, the stock seats themselves kinda suck, but otherwise I'm happy with it.
2)Acceleration to 60 is quick and solid. I usually shift into 5th around 55 and she pulls hard up to 70 - 75 if you want it.
3)On the highway she cruises easily at 75 and there's lots left in reserve. I've looked down while riding with some friends on Harleys and was surprised to see I was passing 90. It does get slightly buzzy over 80, but it's not that bad and I've grown used to it. ISO grips helped somewhat with that.
4)I'm not aggressive in the twisties, but I do like to lean into corners and have dragged the floorboards a time or two. It feels light and is easy to throw around if you want, but it isn't a sport bike so it does have its limits.

Hope that helps, and good luck with your search!

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