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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-28-2019, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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Greetings all!

I'm an old(ish) guy/new rider and as of 3 weeks ago, a happy V-Star 1100 Silverado owner. I have always wanted a motorcycle. Rode friends dirt bikes as a kid. Well, now that I have my official AARP card, I figured it's about damn time to actually get a bike. I bought a Honda VLX600 in May, took the Basic Rider Course in early June, and racked up several thousand miles in just a few months. But I quickly realized that Honda just wasn't going to cut it on the highway. The 2008 Silverado I found was very clean, low miles, unmolested, and underpriced...so I paid the man & rode it home!

Looking forward to learning more from many of you - I've been lurking for a few weeks.

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Welcome from the Northeast. I'm a retired and kind of an old guy too.
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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-29-2019, 05:00 AM
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Nice intro and nice bike Tom! Welcome to the forum from East Tennessee. Iím a kinda AARP guy as well. Lots of 1100 owners here and everyone is willing to help one another.


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Welcome from Atlantic Canada. I'm also an older guy who got back into riding a few years ago on an 1100. You picked a great bike and it sounds like you got a good deal. The 1100 is a good balance of power and maneuverability. You're going to have a lot of fun on it. There are many knowledgeable and helpful people here so if you have any questions feel free to ask.

Love the name, by the way...lol.
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according to the "which bike do you ride" poll on this website the Vstar 1100 is the most popular model, by far

Im a former Cedar-Rapidian (late 1980s). You are going to have to leave the state to find some great motorbike roads. :^)
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Welcome from Columbus, OH! Nice looking bike. As you will soon find out there are many ways on this forum to entertain yourself...subjects from technical, to travel, to sharing pictures, some spiritual encouragement, to jokes and some good natured barbs thrown in.. Enjoy!
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The 2008 Silverado I found was very clean, low miles, unmolested, and underpriced...so I paid the man & rode it home!
'Unmolested'? Uncle Sigmund might have some questions for you.
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^the great thing about a motorcycle is they are simple and just about anyone can work on them

the problem with buying a used motorcycle is they are simple and just about anyone can work on them,
and just about anyone does

unmolested is the only word that can be used in this context on a family friendly forum
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^the great thing about a motorcycle is they are simple and just about anyone can work on them

the problem with buying a used motorcycle is they are simple and just about anyone can work on them,
and just about anyone does

unmolested is the only word that can be used in this context on a family friendly forum
Yep - that's exactly what I meant. The only thing he added were the lower chrome wind deflectors and Battery Tender cable. My son's Honda was a wiring fire hazard when he got it last Fall.

I did order an engine guard last Tuesday (it will be here today) and promptly christened/dropped the bike on Wednesday! Amazed & very lucky there was only minor damage - a crushed turn signal and scraped mirror & lever. I tried to keep it upright, but that's just too much weight for an out of shape desk jockey like me to wrestle with.
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