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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-11-2019, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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I'm a 73 year old guy and just bought an old 2009 Vstar 950 T and trying to get riding again. Had a golf ball sized tumor removed from my brain last June and gave up riding and sold my old bike. So far I'm just getting on and off and trying to orient myself again but I hope I can ride in a few weeks. Never had Yamaha but my brother has a Vstar 1300 and loves it. I'm sure I'll need a lot of help but will try not to bug everyone too much.
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-11-2019, 11:23 AM
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Welcome from Columbus, OH! The 950 is a nice bike. I bought one last year and I love it. Do not worry about bugging people. There are some great people here with tons of knowledge and are willing to assist. Good luck and happy riding!

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Udawg, keep us posted with your progress!
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[QUOTE=Redbird58;1010348 Do not worry about bugging people. There are some great people here with tons of knowledge and are willing to assist. Good luck and happy riding![/QUOTE]

Don't worry about bugging us that is what we are here for. Hope you continue to improve and get that bike on the road, I am sure you will like it.
Welcome and good riding!
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if you are feeling a bit insecure on the bike and getting back into riding, I recommend you put an engine guard / crash bar on the front of the bike

a few weeks after I got Ursa (my Royal Star, photos in garage page on left of screen) I was making a slow U turn and went over on its side. The crash bar the previous owner had put on the bike made it a minor annoyance to pick the bike up, no damage to me or the bike, instead of a costly and painful stupid mistake.

whatever you spend on a crash bar will pay for itself the first time that you drop it, it falls off the kickstand, or someone else bumps it over. I plan on putting one on my VS650, which I use mostly for commuting now.

and it goes without saying (but worth typing) wear all your gear, even when practicing slow riding.

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Thanks for all the warm welcomes and KCW, thanks for the tip. That's a good idea.
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Thanks for all the warm welcomes and KCW, thanks for the tip. That's a good idea.
In time you will see KCW has a lot of good ideas

I ain't lost until the tank is empty!
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post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-11-2019, 01:57 PM
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Welcome from a 72 year old 950T rider. Had mine since 2015 (purchased new) and love it more with every ride.

Is yours pure stock or "tweaked"? I opted for some minor tweaking (FI2000, opened the muffler just a bit and a K&N air filter). Also added the factory "passing lamps" for some added visibility (both directions) and the factory crash bar. Both are worth considering (IMHO).

Again welcome!! Take it slow, but you know what they say: "it's like riding a bike, once you learn you never forget" - even in our 70's!

You're never really lost on a bike. You're just riding somewhere you haven't ridden before.
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Thanks 2lane, Mine is totally stock. Been sitting since 2015. Has 7500 miles on it and all I've done is change the oil to Rotella T6 and a K&N oil filter. I probably will just be using it on the southern Utah canyons at least for a while so the crash bar sounds like a good idea.
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Welcome from Houston, Texas. When you ask questions do so in the Vstar forum for best visible and responses. 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.
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