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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-04-2016, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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Hi guys, greetings from Myrtle Beach. I just bought a 2003 V-Star 650 Custom a couple of weeks ago and so far I'm loving it. Its my starter bike, but I was kind of scared due to being a bigger guy 6'1, 305. It handles my weight very well and I'm just glad to have something to drive besides my truck. Question for you guys though, the only thing I don't like about this bike is the "Friction Zone." I have starting up and taking off about 85% down, but coming to a stop and then going like at a stop sign I'm pretty bad at, so since I stay beside a very busy highway I've limited myself to the parking lot. I installed the Clevver Lever, but after a while it just seems to be back where it started. I want to keep the bike, but I'm just worried that the whole stalling out at stop is going to prevent me from actually riding the bike. Any tips or suggestions?
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Keep practicing is all I can tell ya. The 650 is know for it's "limited" or lack of friction zone. Most folks here using the clever claim it helps tremendously. Just something you have to get used to I assume.

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You need more practice to get used to it. Better if you consider any basic riding course.

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Firstly I would like to thank all of you guys for responding to my post and giving me help.

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Keep practicing is all I can tell ya. The 650 is know for it's "limited" or lack of friction zone. Most folks here using the clever claim it helps tremendously. Just something you have to get used to I assume.
Yeah it is different for me since this is my first bike so I think when I actually get time to go back home I'll just practice out back in the yard. The clevver lever does help a lot, but I'm only speaking for myself. Instead of letting the clutch out at about 90% to engage the friction zone it goes to rough about 65-70%, if you do it just right it could be better, but I'm new to this so I'm pretty sure I didn't do it right.

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You need more practice to get used to it. Better if you consider any basic riding course.
Yeah that was what I figured the answer would be. I thought about taking one, but $250 for a couple of days really isn't in my budget since I'm on a college student budget.

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Ok, I think that is probably what I will do
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Welcome Yamther, from southwestern PA. Congrats on yer new ride. Sometimes it just take time getting used to something new. Give yourself some time and I'm sure everything will work itself out. And practice, practice, practice.

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Welcome Yamther, from southwestern PA. Congrats on yer new ride. Sometimes it just take time getting used to something new. Give yourself some time and I'm sure everything will work itself out. And practice, practice, practice.
Thank you and thats pretty much the consensus so when I find the right time I'll just constantly play with it and drive it until I become comfortable with it.
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