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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-25-2018, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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My first bike Vstar 1100 Midnight Custom

Hi everyone! I just picked up my very first motorcycle last week. I am a big car enthusiast, but after riding her my life has changed. Now I see what all my buddies that ride mean!!!!

Anyway, the main reason I'm on here is to learn about the bike in general. Maintenance, styling, tips and tricks, you name it!!!

My very FIRST question about this bike relates to making my Wife's ride as comfortable as possible all while styling her the way I want to!
All the sissy bars I have seen online are not really my style. I did run into a thread where a user stated " you can use the sissy bars off a soft tail Harley if you wanted to!"

IS THIS TRUE!?!?! lol here is the link if anyone cares to respond.

Burly Sissy Bar - Black, Tall 20 - 04-Up XL (B13-1501B) by Burly Brand - Direct Cycle Parts - Parts

Thanks for having me and hope everyone has an amazing day!
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-25-2018, 06:39 PM
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Welcome from Houston, Texas. Here's a great read for all first time 1100 owners.

https://sites.google.com/site/vstar1...r-must-do-list

Here's a few interesting threads to check out when you get a chance.

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forum...ms-bike-month/

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

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

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

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forum...ature-you.html

Here's a link to items I changed for wife's comfort.

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forum...nger-mods.html

Ride often and safe.
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Welcome to the forum from East Tennessee! I like your enthusiasm.
Come in closer and allow me to let you in on something. We LOVE pics here and we’d love for you to share a few with us.
You definitely came to the right place for information and help with your new ride. Ride safely and stay warm if you’re heading into colder weather.


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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-25-2018, 07:36 PM
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I am a big car enthusiast,
There are several of here that are car enthusiasts, well I'm just a car nut, or at least a nut, just ask my wife. Anyway, here a thread about some of our cars.

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forum...y-mustang.html
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2001 Vstar 1100 Classic (sold), Cobra Slash Cut full exhaust, Dropped 1 inch with lowering links, ORK, 4.5 inch handlebar risers, Ultimate passenger seat, Passenger pegs moved forward 4 inches, Handlebar clock, KN air filter, Viking saddlebags, Additional rear lighting
Loose nut "me" behind the bars
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https://sites.google.com/site/vstar1100kb/home
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Welcome from Atlantic Canada. I agree wholeheartedly about how riding can change your life. I got back into it a couple of years ago after a 20 year hiatus (also on an 1100) and now I ride every chance I get. You'll find plenty of useful info on here about your new ride and if you can't find what you're looking for, just ask. You won't get the "that's already been answered - do a search" response here. The links Les posted have a lot of very helpful info in them. Pay particular attention to the one about 1100 starting techniques - very important.

And like Keith mentioned, we love pics here so post one when you get a chance!
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I had a Custom 1100 for eight years and loved it. My best car was a 1967 Buick LaSabre convertible.
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post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-25-2018, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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Wow. Thanks for all the love everyone!!! I will be definitely reading all those links when I get the chance!!!

Funny story!!! I just took her out for a spin around the community block (my MSF course is next week to get my endorsement so I don’t drive far from home). I’ve grown comfortable riding her around like this practicing the friction point and taking off, countersteering and such. I come up to a stop and need to turn right, and I ALMOST drop her. I figured out that my mistake was continually looking at the left for other vehicles while letting go of th clutch To take off. Definitely learned my lesson!!!! Had to get that out of the way right? This Hercules strength came out of no where to save th bike from really touching the floor. Definitely a shot to my ego. I know my neighbors saw lol. I’ll continue to tell myself I’m still learning and I’m not perfect.

Anywho...

Much love to all of you from Las Vegas!!!
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Did you take the safety course? If not take the safety course. Just do it.
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YES!!! It's schedule for next Wednesday. I definitely need it.
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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-26-2018, 12:01 PM
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Everyone that gets a bike makes the same mistakes before they take a class from an experienced instructor.

In most countries you have to take something like a MSF course just to get your learners permit, because it only takes one curve where you try to steer like a car, and go right over the centerline headon into traffic.

"my mistake was continually looking at the left for other vehicles while letting go of th clutch To take off.".. you have discovered the first rule: ALWAYS look where you want the motorcycle to go.

and if there was a list, countersteering would be #2.

BTW, one of my cousins was a MSF instructor in Vegas for most of his life: DD Jarosz.
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