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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-30-2019, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all.

Just bought my wife a 2006 V Star 650 as her first bike. ( don't own a Yammy myself, please don't hold it against me.) I usually do my own work on my bikes so I thought I may as well do the maintenance on her's too. Thought I'd come here to pick the brains of like minded souls.


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based on feedback from owners, consumer reports magazine has rated the vstar 650 the most reliable motorcycle you can buy

as long as the bike is properly maintained, and you dont let ethanol fuel go bad by sitting in the tank for a few months without a fuel stabilizer, you can expect to put 100k miles on the odo with nothing but oil, filters, tires, plugs... and maybe one set of brakes

the only time we see engine failures on these bikes is when someone has a minor oil leak and lets the engine run without oil, or reving the engine up near its red line, and then shifting down instead of up, and mechanically red-lining the engine

I got a 650 6 years ago, and a Royal Star 1300 V4 last fall
<= big photos in the garage page over there...
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Welcome to the forum from East Tennessee Mogons.
Would love to see some pics of her ride. Iím sure it wonít be long before youíll be riding your own yammy!


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Welcome from Atlantic Canada. It doesn't matter what you ride, just THAT you ride. We have a few members who have several different bikes or have moved on to something else and still come here. That's the kind of forum this is - more of a family. And if anyone ever has a problem, we won't give up until we find a solution. But like KCW mentioned, with proper maintenance you shouldn't have any issues with your wife's 650. My wife is always talking about getting her licence someday and if she ever does, that's what she'll be riding.

I'd love to see some pics of her ride too, and yours.
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Welcome from Houston, Texas. Glad you joined us. 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

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Thanks all.

KC, that's exactly the kind of info I was looking to find. Good to know I picked a good one for her. We got lucky with this V Star, it has just over 8k on the odo, and we got it for a good price.
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How is the market where you live?

Im in upstate NY, around here a motorcycle over several years old, in good riding condition, seems to settle out around $3000.

it does not matter if its a 650 or 1100 or 1600, once a Vstar bike gets to a certain age, its more a matter of the mileage on the odo, how well its been maintained, new tires...

I got my VS650 2005 in 2013 from the original owner with 9k on it, for $3300

Got my 2000 Royal Star in 2018, with 22k, from the 2nd owner for $2500. It needed a new front tire, oil change, air filter, plugs... so I put maybe $3000 into it total cost.

Here its a buyers market - a lot of people bought new cruiser bikes and then never rode them much. 5 to 8 years later they are a great deal for the buyer.

Check the date code on your tires, with only 8k miles its possible you have the original tires. Once they get more than 5 years old they will skid really easy (dried out). Ok to practice on and putter around town, but when she is ready to get on the highway you will want newer tires. The date code is molded in the sidewall, after the letters DOT. I aways have to google it to read the 4 digit code... I think its week of the year, and 2 digit year (assuming after 2000) so 1208 would be the last week of March (12th week) in 2008...
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I suggest to create a garage, if you have questions in the future we can easily access your bike info. Also put a short description of your bike in your signature line.

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How is the market where you live?

Im in upstate NY, around here a motorcycle over several years old, in good riding condition, seems to settle out around $3000.

it does not matter if its a 650 or 1100 or 1600, once a Vstar bike gets to a certain age, its more a matter of the mileage on the odo, how well its been maintained, new tires...

I got my VS650 2005 in 2013 from the original owner with 9k on it, for $3300

Got my 2000 Royal Star in 2018, with 22k, from the 2nd owner for $2500. It needed a new front tire, oil change, air filter, plugs... so I put maybe $3000 into it total cost.

Here its a buyers market - a lot of people bought new cruiser bikes and then never rode them much. 5 to 8 years later they are a great deal for the buyer.

Check the date code on your tires, with only 8k miles its possible you have the original tires. Once they get more than 5 years old they will skid really easy (dried out). Ok to practice on and putter around town, but when she is ready to get on the highway you will want newer tires. The date code is molded in the sidewall, after the letters DOT. I aways have to google it to read the 4 digit code... I think its week of the year, and 2 digit year (assuming after 2000) so 1208 would be the last week of March (12th week) in 2008...
Prices are about the same here. I paid $3000 for this, $500 below KBB. I saw 3 others for the same price which were actually a couple model years older and had more mileage.

He just did a full service on the bike two years ago including changing the tires, said he'd only put about 100 miles on it since and had it garaged the whole time. He even kept all the receipts from the time he bought it new. (gotta love anal retentiveness sometimes.) I'll need to change the oil, though. I've already ordered the filter so I can do that next weekend. I'll go over the air filter, hoses and make sure everything is tightened down at the same time. And other than a good cleaning and polishing the only thing we need is a fender rack. She wants to take the passenger seat off and put luggage rack on.
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If it's like the 1100, and on most things it seems to be, two of the Allen head bolts for the filter cover is blocked by the lower exhaust pipe so be prepared for that eventually.

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