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is there any big drop in power going from the 1100 to the 950 ? I want a bigger bike but dont want to get the 950 and find I should of bought something bigger.
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From a little poking around it looks like the 1100 does make a little bit more power than the 950. Like low 50's vs. high 40's. Neither is going to pull your arms out of their sockets. I've never ridden a 950 but the difference is likely pretty small unlike going to say a 650 from either.
 

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agreed. the difference in power appears to be minimal between the 2 models, about 10 cubic inches in displacement. you may want to look at the 1300 instead if you're not even considering the 950. 80 cubic inches for the 1300 as opposed to 65 cubic inches for the 1100
 

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I think the 950 is roughly 50hp vs 62 in the 1100.
I think those numbers are crank HP. I was looking at RWHP.

Here's a '10 950 dyno (44.9hp) http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/50480/Motorcycle-Photo-Gallery-Photo/2010-Star-V-Star-950-Comparison.aspx

Same source for the 1100 (53.1hp) (no plot though) http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/275/966/Motorcycle-Article/2003-Yamaha-V-Star.aspx

I've seen 1300's dyno just under 70hp so there's a good jump up from the 950 (or 1100).
 

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Naaw thats an old man's bike:)

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My 950 has all the power I could ever want. I cruised the interstate at 80mph like it was nothing for almost 500 miles. When I want to pass a car or a big rig, just pull that throttle back and she responds very nicely. Plus I ride my wife on the back alot and it doesn't even feel like she's on the bike. I used to have a 1000 Sportster and my 950 far surpasses it.
 

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I have ridden a stock 1100 and a 950. Just the feeling of the seat of the pants, they feel about the same as far as power goes. The 950 may put out a less power, but it doesn't lose as much through the belt as the 1100 loses through the shaft drive. JMHO.
 

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Has anyone dyno'd their 950 after exhaust, computer, airbox replacement/mod???

I know my bike opened up quite a bit.
 

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I have a 950 and my buddy has an 1100.
The 1100 loses about 5 hp through the shaft drive and is not geared as well as the 950. My 950 is quicker of the line and cruises nicer on the highway. I will be adding cobra pipes and a new air intake this winter and that will give even more of an edge on my buddy.

One more thing the insurace on a 950 is a lot lower because it's under the 1000 level.

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Having ridden both and now owning a 950, I found that the 950 will outperform the 1100.:p Oh yes, it worth mentioning that my insurance is $142.00 a year with Foremost Property & Casualty Insurance co., and no I don't work for them.:D
 

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From the published Motorcycle-Usa.com dynos it looks like the 1100 makes almost 20% more horsepower (44.9 vs. 53.1) at the wheel than the 950. The 1100 also makes more torque (~7ftlbs) and does so lower in the RPMs. The 1100 is about 30lbs heavier than the 950.
Unless there is a huge difference in gearing between the two the only place where the 950 should out perform the 1100 is inside the rider's helmet.

My insurance with full coverage via State Farm on both my R1 and the 1100 is under $400/year. I believe the 1100 only added around $120 to my policy when I bought it.
 

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Although the 1100 is a beautiful bike, I got the 950 over the 1100 for the fuel injection, belt drive and the fact it looks like nothing else. I didnt really notice much difference in power between my cousins 07 1100, and my 09 950. I have since put Cobra Speedster Long pipes on mine, along with the Cobra FI2000R. I have no access to a dyno, so I have no idea what that did for power, but it sounds faster anyway! For anyone trying to decide between the two, it really comes down to preference in my opinion,
 

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A friend has an 1100 nd I have a 950. We traded for an afternoon ride. He said he felt his 1100 had a little more power but he liked the way the 950 was geared and runs a little lower RPM at highway speed. As someone else said, it probably comes down to personal preference. I'm 05'09" and 200 & too much, and the 950 fits me like a glove. I have never been at a loss for power. Hope this helps.
 

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If I was a chick I'd be all for the 950 over the 1100 too!



Sorry, just could not help myself :) On a more serious note I think the 950 is certainly the more aesthetically pleasing bike of the two. Cleaner and better lines all the way around.
 
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