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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-01-2019, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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Give me your .02˘ on my setup

Hey guys, I wanted to put my bike out here to have some people look over and give their two cents. I bought this from my girlfriend's father last season after selling my 1200 Sportster to my friend. I always thought of my Vstar as a dad bike considering where j bought it haha.

So I put on a Kuryakyn Velociraptor air cleaner, V&H 2-2 pipes and the Cobra PowrPro Blk FMS. I just had the 5k mile maintenance done at the Triumph and Yamaha Dealership/Shop here in Fredrick (the bike just hit 6 or 7k miles). I asked them to look over the mods I put on and they said it was all working good except I didn't tighten the fuel tank bolts completely after installing the FMS on the injectors.

The bike has been running great. I take it to work maybe 1-3 times a week and that's a good 70mile roundtrip. My gf and I also take it on some trips to farms and small towns and covered bridges around western MD on the weekends. I noticed I slouch, in my whole daily routine, and it doesn't help that I love to ride my Vstar and other Mud toys. I also love ape hangers and wanted to get a set for the Star. Today I tilted up the stock bars and adjusted the clutch and brake levers as well as the control switches and mirrors. It looks a bit awkward but I still love the more apeish feel to them. I wanted to know if anyone else has done the same.

I do plan on getting a set of 10 or 12inch apes/miniapes. I don't want to replace the stock cables but want as much height as I can get. (After looking on the forum I actually did see someone with 12inch apes and the stock cables, jhick or someone like that) I could really use a replacement riser that draws the bars farther back So I do not have to reach forward for them. The riser couldn't give much more height than the stock risers due to the handlebar height I want to achieve and the length of the stock cables. If anyone can give advice on a handlebar set up that would be great!

I would also love a simple blinker and tailight replacement kit with some smaller blinkers, mayb. I also would love to relocate the license plate where maybe it's a good bit hidden for when I don't want to slow down for speed cameras. Let me know what y'all have!
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-01-2019, 09:19 PM
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Welcome from Houston, Texas. Good looking bike. Here's a few interesting threads to check out when you get a chance.

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forum...on-garage.html

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

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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-02-2019, 02:14 AM
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not bad, but it will run even quicker once you take the warning sticker off the gas tank
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Hahah Bevo yes the drag would decrease if I took the stickers off. I wanted to do that as well, I want to take the Vstar logo off the tank but noticed it is under the clear coat. Can I just use a razor with care and then clear coat the tank again? The caution sticker is just a sticker and yes I'm going to take that off haha
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not sure about the tank logo as i had mine painted.
if you want smaller blinkers, consider getting LED strips. Low & Mean have some for the rear and custom dynamics is a good place to look for the front. and you can relocate your license plate to the axle bolt with a kuryakyn mount and plate holder. this is what i have on mine:


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ok...

.02˘ is 1/50th of a penny so dont expect much value here

( I tried to explain to the guy behind the counter at an ice cream shop that their .99˘ milkshake special is less than 1˘ last summer. All I got back was a blank stare).

The bike does look odd with the handlebars angled forward more than the line coming up off the forks, kinda like you got the front wheel spun around backwards. It looks like the grips are at an odd angle now, pointed up, making you twist your wrists to hold the grips?

If you have no problem riding with your hands that high then putting ape's on it should be no issue, and should put the grips level again. I tried putting the handlebars on my Royal Star

<= Ursa in the garage photos

so they were in line with the fork angle, and it was too high for me - my hands were completely numb 3 miles down the road. Maybe you have higher blood pressure than me, but I cant ride like that... but it looks great.

I recommend you go online and find the MSF riding course text, and read the section on loading luggage and stuff on your motorcycle. That bag back behind the passenger seat is the worse possible place to put anything. Its like giving someone a lever 10 feet long they can use to jerk your bike around while you are riding it. The best place for carrying stuff on a motorcycle is a tank bag, and then traditional saddle bags. I cant say this strongly enough: put that suitcase thing in that Blue Herby Curby in your neighbors driveway - that thing will get you killed.

I de-badged my VS650 right after I got it, the logo on my gas tank was the plastic emblem held on with sticky foam tape. Getting the "Classic" decals off the front fender was a real pain. they were not under the paint, but the glue was very difficult to remove. The original owner of Ursa took all the badges off before I got it.

I drive thru Fredrick all the time on the way to visit family in Raliegh, on 15 from upstate NY, to Leesburg, and then 17 to Fredricksburg VA (by passing the DC I95 nightmare). Planning to make the trip on Ursa when I can... maybe this summer. Been thru western Maryland on 219 before - great motorcycle roads.

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Bevo thanks for the ideas, I will definitely add those on.

KCW, I believe you about the loading and that bag. If I were to have bought it I would have gone with saddlebags as well, but it was from my GF's dad and I'm still trying to de-dad it. But there's usually never anything in that bag so it doesn't do much except add some nice drag to the ride, but seems useful for those times that my girlfriend really wants some little doodad from an antique store. I've been riding around Fredrick and there's a bunch of good roads, my neighbors father even stopped by twice trying to ride, but caught me just after a nice cruise and in the middle of a nap.
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not sure about the tank logo as i had mine painted.
if you want smaller blinkers, consider getting LED strips. Low & Mean have some for the rear and custom dynamics is a good place to look for the front. and you can relocate your license plate to the axle bolt with a kuryakyn mount and plate holder. this is what i have on mine:

So why do you recommend different sellers for the front and back light strips? I looked a bit at both, there are the cheap a** led strips on Amazon but I'm assuming those are not pshhh and will break or mess up with he electronics
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