VStar owner since 2007 and was looking at a Yamaha 2014 Stratoliner and had some questions and looking for help along those lines. I had a 2007 VStar 650 that I started on and then upgraded to a VStar 950 2011 and now looking for more power. Took a 2014 Stratoliner for a ride and liked the balance, height, seat, etc. It fit me pretty well overall except for the shifter was a little farther out than I would like, but everything else felt better than my 950.
The stratoliner has 15k miles and a nice red color. The problem I kept having with it was the shifting. I when shifting down it was kinda jump into a neautral between gears and just didn't feel right to me. The more I road it, the more it did it. I got back to the dealership and mentioned it and he said he would have his guys look at it. I called today and he said a number of them went out on it and it was fine and you have to jump on the shifter to shift it down because its a 1900.
I know I said the shifter was out farther than I would like, but I know I tried hitting the shifter down hard and didn't make a difference. It would like skip into a neutral and if you kept stomping on it, it wouldn't do anything and then would eventually go. As far as I know, I was hitting the shifter enough when pressing down on it and just didn't seem right to me.
Wondering what others have seen that own these bikes? Are they smooth and down shift nicely? I can't imagine that you have to me more rough simply because it is a 1900. Wondering what others have to say?