Sayin Hi - Star Motorcycle Forums: Star Raider, V-Max, V-Star, Road-Star Forum
 49Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-08-2019, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
NeTexas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Posts: 5
Sayin Hi

Hello from Texas. I recently got a 2005 vstar 650, and I love it. I have been out of motorcycles for about 25 years, and I was looking for a cruiser and the first bike I test drove was a Suzuki Lc 1500. Wow the bike was massive. I'm a big guy 6'3" 300 lbs and the bike was not what I expected. Too many years out of the saddle. I figured after the test drive to start with a little lighter scoot. People on different Forums say the 650 too small for a big guy, but they're wrong. Unless you want to cruise 80 or faster it's got plenty of power. for me anyhow. Thanks, and ride safe! Steve
Keith Post, KCW, graybeard and 2 others like this.
NeTexas is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-08-2019, 10:17 AM
KCW
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Posts: 4,772
Garage
650 is one of the most dependable motorcycles you can find.

If you have not already done so, look in the little storage compartment on the left side below the seat (opposite from the battery compartment) you open it with your key, and see if the factory tool set is snapped in the bottom (impossible to see, its all black, have to feel for it).

If you have it get the spanner out, take the seat off, and you will probably want to set the monoshock preload towards its max setting ( i think 6 or 7).

If you dont have the owners manual you can download it for free from the yamaha website, and there is a section on setting the shock preload.

It comes default to 3 from the factory, which is good for a 180 lb rider - and most people never touch it.
KCW is online now  
post #3 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-08-2019, 10:19 AM
Senior Member
 
Deeksvstarclassic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: Milwaukee Wisconsin
Posts: 339
Garage
Nice intro. I always wondered about the 650 having enough power i am 6'2" 260#. 10 years ago i bought a VTX 1800. After a while it got to be a bit much as i am not getting younger. Sold it expecting to never ride again until the following weekend when i bought my 2001 1100 classic.
Haven't looked back since. Riding my star in the last 2 month more than the last 3 years with the 1800. I think you will enjoy this site. There is a lot of info, nice people and laughs here.
Keith Post and NeTexas like this.

I ain't lost until the tank is empty!
Deeksvstarclassic is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-08-2019, 06:46 PM
Moderator
 
lesblank's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 3,460
Garage
Welcome from Houston, Texas. Glad to have another Lone Star rider here. By the way, Deeksvstarclassic was hinting towards how we poke at each other. It's all in fun as many of us have been here for a while. I probably have the biggest problem when it comes to immature postings. The 650 is a great bike for one up at your size. Checking the shock pre-load is a great suggestion. What part of our great state are you from? Here's a few interesting threads to check out when you get a chance.

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

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

Ride often and safe.
Keith Post likes this.

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
2006 Harley Electra Glide Ultra Classic

https://sites.google.com/site/vstar1100kb/home
lesblank is online now  
post #5 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-08-2019, 07:49 PM
Senior Member
 
Yamaha Pat's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2018
Location: Sacramento, Ca.
Posts: 906
I'm 6'4" 250 and have a blast on my 650 only use it around town and the Strat is for the long runs. Welcome from Sacramento, ca.
Keith Post and lesblank like this.

Riding is not just what I do but who I am.

Cherry 2007 650 Classic
The Strat 2010 Stratoliner Deluxe
Yamaha Pat is online now  
post #6 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-09-2019, 08:12 AM
Senior Member
 
Redbird58's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: Columbus, OH
Posts: 176
Garage
Welcome from Columbus, OH!
Keith Post likes this.

09 V Star 950
Dark Cherry
Cobra Exhaust and Floorboards
Recent Mods: Added OEM passing lamps
Kuryakyn R/B/T kit
Custom Dynamics Rear Red Turn lenses

Looking for new seat and taller windshield

Be seen and be heard! Bright lights and loud pipes!

Enjoy the ride
Redbird58 is online now  
post #7 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-09-2019, 01:18 PM
Moderator
 
Keith Post's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 5,585
Garage
Welcome from East Tennessee! The 650 is a great bike, and pics are a must here, share a few and ride safely!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Redbird58 likes this.
Keith Post is online now  
post #8 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-09-2019, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
NeTexas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Posts: 5
Thanks, Guys, I took KCW's advise and cranked up the tension on the monoshock and it rides much better. I'm from Clarksville, in Red River Co. 15 miles from the Oklahoma border. About an hour from the mountains in So Okla. and. Ark. The FM roads in my county are twisty, shaded pretty much unoccupied. Except for critters. I really didn't know I missed riding so much, glad to be back in the saddle. And it's good to find a bunch of down to earth folks. Ride safe!
Keith Post and KCW like this.
NeTexas is online now  
post #9 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-09-2019, 03:09 PM
KCW
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Posts: 4,772
Garage
was there a tool kit still in the storage compartment?

a lot of people buying the bikes used dont know its in there, it locks in so well, and you cant see it

but the factory spanner works perfectly for the monoshock - the rest of the tools are not very useful
KCW is online now  
post #10 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-09-2019, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
NeTexas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Posts: 5
Yea, the tool get kit was on the bike and I don't think it had ever been taken out of the compartment. Took about 20 min to git it out.. I am the third owner I think. I am an old guy and I got it from an old guy not sure about the first person. It had 10,131 on the speedo.
NeTexas is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Star Motorcycle Forums: Star Raider, V-Max, V-Star, Road-Star Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome