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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 06-17-2013, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all.
I'm new to the forum and to bikes (I'm 24 and don't have one yet :-).

I've completed the MSF new rider course (and loved it) and I've been looking for just the right bike for a while now.

I was referred to this forum after seeing a GORGEOUS bike at a gas station last week, and the great guy riding gave me this group as a resource (and if you are reading this, you left so quick I didn't get your name, but I'd recognize that purple bike anywhere!).

I'm leaning toward a 650cc bike, but I'm open to suggestions.
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post #2 of 36 (permalink) Old 06-17-2013, 08:48 PM
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Welcome to the forum SG. Would that purple machine have woodland nymphs on it by chance. The 650 is a nice starter bike but you'll soon catch a case of CCitiss. So my suggestion to you would be to buy used and then go for the gusto . If you have any other questions about different Star bikes, ask away. you'll get tons of answers for sure.

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Welcome to the forum!

I started out on a 650 vstar and gradually moved up to bigger bikes. I think it's a good bike to start out on.

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Springfield, Missouri? Last week? You might be looking for Miescha. Did the bike have...nymphs on it?

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Welcome aboard You can't go wrong with a Yamaha, oops! I mean a Star

I know a couple of ladies that ride the 650's and they say it is plenty big enough for them, of course they both stand about 5' 2" and 80lbs soaking wet

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post #7 of 36 (permalink) Old 06-17-2013, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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Corsair & Sparkn: It was in Springfield, MO last week! Not sure if they are nymphs (woodland or otherwise), I called them fairies or pixies. I tried to get a pic, but he either didn't care much for me (which is unusual if I do say so myself :-) or he was in one heck of a hurry (which did seem to be the case). He was super cool and nice and seemed genuinely happy to talk all day about bikes, just in a rush. I will have to look up the 'Miescha' you mention. Any chance he is from Springfield, MO? I've been driving by that same gas station for the past week!

b00p: I've ridden a few HD 1200 sportster bikes. They didn't seem too big (though I didn't care for them for other reasons). I found the Star line recently and really like the lines and looks (and this was really confirmed when I saw the purple star bike last week which I believe was an 1100). I'm not opposed to a larger bike, I just figured I would start on something smaller until I felt super confident. The bikes at the MSF course were 250cc and they felt really small and nimble (too small even for my small size). My plan (as much as I have one right now) was to start with a used 650-ish bike and ride this summer with the expectation of moving to something larger by next year if not sooner. Of course, if I found the right bike, I'd be more than willing to start a bit bigger right now (any chance this Miescha guy is in the market to sell???).
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howdy. purple V Star bike near Springfield, MO with fairies on it? that could be ANYONE!!
good money is on Miescha. he should be along here shortly.

the 650 is a great entry bike to the V Star line. i think you're smart to want to start on this and get some experience before moving up to something bigger, but if you feel confident enough you can handle a bigger bike right away, then go for it. if you haven't already, go to a dealership and sit on some bikes and see which feels more comfortable and fits you best. move it side to side and get a feel for the weight.

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Hello.;-) new to the forum myself . I just upgraded a 200 650classic to a 950 now with windshield,seat,sissy bar & bags. loved both of them the 650 is a nice bike for cruises around 60mph all day. I bought mine for short day trips with the wife & comutes. I hated the stk seat & found a mustang wide tour cheap ($300) & loved it (so did the wife). The only reason I traded up was the 650 is past its tourque peak @65 & starts to loose mpg. plus me & the wife tip the scale @ 400lbs. If I could add a gear of 20% to the finnal drive I'd still have it. has plenty of TQ just needs another gear after 65. sorry for being long winded :-D
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post #10 of 36 (permalink) Old 06-17-2013, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice Bevo. I see that you are a 'super moderator' so perhaps you can tell me how to find this elusive "Miescha" as I seem to be finding a lot of thread posts but no pics that can help me identify his bike.

As for the recommendations for me, I have been leaning toward the Star bikes for a while. I've sat on the 1300 and it seemed too big for my frame (I'm 5'3" and 105lbs). I also sat on a 950 that looked very sexy, but it also seemed big (it was setup for 'touring' according to the dealer and that may have caused it to feel heavier).

I have not seen an 1100 until I saw the purple bike last week. I'm sure the paint and artwork had a lot to do with it, but that bike looked *really* curvy and sexy. When the owner let me sit on it I thought it seemed really low (I could flat-foot very easily) and it seemed very light and balanced. And when he fired it up and shot out of the gas station while I was back at my car getting my phone for a pic, it sounded GREAT and must be fairly powerful b/c he was down the road and had it open wide on the on-ramp before I even had my camera open :-(.

Based on what I've seen locally and on line, I've planned to spend about $4000 now for a used bike and then spend that much again, plus whatever I get from selling the first bike, to buy a larger bike late this summer or over the winter. I certainly wouldn't mind saving a bit of money by just skipping the smaller bike, but only if I felt really comfortable on the bigger bike from the outset.

Any other Star bikes I should be looking at right now? The purple bike rider mentioned a new mid size bike, but I was so enamored with his bike that I've forgotten the name (not sure I ever heard it to be honest).
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