Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Fogo Island, Newfoundland (Canada)
Hi from Northern Newfoundland!
My daughter and I are about to place an order for two new 2015 V-Star's. She has no riding experience, and it has been 30 years since I last rode! We checked out the 250's last week, and my daughter fell in love at first sight, (she's 5'4", 135 lbs.) and I was surprised to discover that the lowly 250 seemed to fit me quite well too. (I'm 5'8", 168 lbs.) Neither of us plan to do any freeway riding; rather we would be only on quiet country roads near our island home, with a few afternoon backroad ventures on the mainland, so I don't really believe that I would feel the need to upgrade to a larger bike any time soon.
I have, however, just discovered that for a mere $2,000 more, I can get a 2015 650 Custom, so now I'm a bit torn on how to proceed. I know that most folks here might be quick to bash the 250, but keep in mind that I am not a very big guy, and also have no real need to ever go much above 100 kph. (and no long distance traveling) The speed limits here are 60 and 80 km/hour.
I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts, particularly if you have experience on both of these bikes. I would not mind paying a couple grand more for the 650, but I'm not really convinced that the 250 would not fit my requirements just fine.
I look forward to becoming an active contributing member of this fine forum, and hope to hear back from you, regarding your thoughts on both the 250, and 650 Custom.
Last edited by camperbc; 09-30-2014 at 08:28 PM.