Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Springfield, Missouri
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).