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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-28-2011, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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950 in England

Hi,

I traded in my tired old Virago XV535 about 9 months ago for a 2010 model XVS950A Midnight Star (aka VStar?), and love it! It's so nice to have a bike which is so smooth and just goes, rather than breaks down a lot and rides like a bucking bronco, which the old Virago tended to do, although I liked that as well. The 950 feels so much bigger, the handlebars are wider, it's heavier, surprisingly it's quieter too (I think the silencer on the old 535 had worn through years ago and was effectively a straight-through pipe!). It's faster and easier to ride though, the only bug I've had with the new one is it often drops into neutral from 1st when trying to go for 2nd gear, but now I've got used to it and am ready to give it several kicks until it gets in gear and then it's fine. Hopefully it'll bed in and not be like this for ever! It's a minor fault though, overall the 950 is just a great bike and I'm glad I switched. Already I've done more miles on this one than I did in several years on the old 535, mainly because I'm not worried I'll have to walk home all the time! :-)
Pity the weather's been so wet lately, looking forward to some dry weather come spring and to get out on the road with it again...
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-28-2011, 10:05 AM
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Welcome to the Stars

What part of the UK are you from? Had some military flight time in the Yeovilton area and some great friends from Faversham, Kent.

Enjoy your new ride, and do try to stay on the correct side of the road?
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-28-2011, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Springer, thanks. I'm in Yorkshire, a couple of hundred miles up from Kent, but been there on holiday a few years ago - very nice area!

I drive American cars too, left hand and right hand drive, people know to get out of the way if I'm on the wrong side . The bike's got the handlebars on the right side though, so I'm ok on that .
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-28-2011, 01:27 PM
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howdy. be sure to vote for bike of the month. i didn't know England had a dry season
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The bike's got the handlebars on the right side though, so I'm ok on that .


You have handlebars? Is that an aftermarket option?

I'm confused. I was just considering purchase of some leather covering for the steering wheel on my Strat

No wonder I never understood the whole "counter-steering" thing...

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Hi! Welcome. Nice bike you have.
Say Hi to The Beatles for me.

Now 2010 V STAR 950 T
Former bikes were
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Welcome Midnight !
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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-01-2011, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
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Hey Bevo! Yes, over here we call it "June"
(actually, no, it doesn't last that long!)

Springer, that would be cool, I wonder if anyone's really fitted a steering wheel to a bike? I suppose attaching the throttle and clutch/brake would be tricky, but it must be possible. No, I don't understand counter-steering either

Hi Taboo, thanks, will mention you to them next time they drop by!

Bonjour Isabelle, et merci aussi
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