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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-02-2013, 11:47 AM Thread Starter
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Here's my story,

I got my MC license 20 years ago, learned to ride on my brother's bikes,
2 kids came along, stopped riding.

Time passes, daughter 1 graduated from college, daughter 2 just completed her first year of college.
It is time to get back to riding, it is now 2011 of May, bought a 2007 used (V Star 250) Red bike. A great little bike to get back into riding. Rode
this bike for a year, time to upgrade. May 2012 traded the Red bike in for a new 2012 Blue Bike (V Star 950).

I put 2600 miles on the bike in the last 12 months, still learning, still a bit nervous about riding a "big" cruiser.

Yesterday I did a 160 mile ride from Reading, PA to Hershey, PA and back. Wow what a great ride! I love that Blue Bike.

160 miles using 2.8 gallons of gas.

Here are some pics of the Red Bike, Blue Bike and new Mustang seat on the Blue bike:

Thanks for reading my story.
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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-02-2013, 12:26 PM
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Nice on both.. But you forgot rule #1 while you were away. That sticker on the gas tanks is the first mod. Must remove sticker!
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My story was similar. I had a Triumph Trident when I found out my oldest son was on the way. I decided to be responsible and sell the motorcycle. (Do you know what a mint condition Trident is worth today?) Anyway, my wife and I both picked up riding again about five years ago. She has a 2007 V Star 1100 Silverado and I drive a 2012 V Star 1300 Tourer. We ride with our local Star Club but do a lot of riding by ourselves within a tankfull of gas of home.
I had a 950 before the 1300. Loved the bike. But I really wanted a 1300 and do not regret trading. Best wishes and enjoy tour new scooter.

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post #4 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-02-2013, 05:01 PM
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Great choice on the 950. I also pretty much went from a 250 to a 950. Let's see how many of us can relate to your story in some fashion!

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I quit riding when my 4th kid was about 3. I had a Goldwing Interstate 1200 but wasn't hardly riding it, no time with 4 kids 2 years apart. Sold the Goldwing and bought a travel trailer so we could do family things together.

But after 5 years got the itch, talked the wife into a used 1983 Virago 900 to ride back and fourth to work to "save on gas" haha. My motorcycle license had expired (another story) so I thought after a week back on the Virago I could pass the motorcycle test and failed the riding between the cones. It isn't as easy as you think to just jump back on a bike after years away and think no problem I can do this, it takes some practice for sure.

Wanted something bigger and newer bike after 2 years, but couldn't get enough money for what I really wanted, but bought a 2007 Kawasaki 900 Custom, I really like the looks of that bike, but wasn't big enough. Found a really good deal on my current ride, a used Vstar 1300 with only 1700 miles. I've had the 1300 ~3 years, I'm really happy with it, not to big or to small, can do the daily commute and longer weekend tours (still no time for week or longer vacations on bike).

Good luck with your new bike and welcome back.
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post #6 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-02-2013, 06:25 PM
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Welcome to the forum Glen. Nice choice of bikes and proof that we all catch the dreaded CCitiss .

Ride safe and keep it shiny side up.

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I thought that I would be immune to CCitis when I started riding last year, but now I want a 1300. My 650 just doesn't quite cut it anymore for my purposes.

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I'm with Ken - sticker on BOTH bikes . . . . gesh!

Welcome to the group!

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post #10 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-03-2013, 08:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Miescha View Post
I'm with Ken - sticker on BOTH bikes . . . . gesh!

Welcome to the group!
Everytime I get on my bike I look at that dumb sticker. Have yet had a chance to take it off. Don't have a garage to work on the bike in the rain, and if the weather is nice I'm either riding the bike or busy working on something else.
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