Welcome back indeed... I have been off two years and not by choice, I'm on a v custom
1100 now! Don't know how you did it but glad your back... Remember "you don't stop riding because
You get old, you get old because you stop riding"
hehe, thank the oil speculators for getting me back on the bike.
saw an ad in the Recycler by one of the local bike dealers for new 07 650 silverados for $69/mo in may 08 when gas was $4.60/gal here in CA. showed it to my wife as a lark. dropped it... 2 weeks later she asked if I had checked it out...
we were spending over $450/mo on gas and incidentals for my commute alone. so we drove down to the dealer and 2 hours later I was driving the bike home....
Way to go. Had my own hiatus and came back in 2005 with the purchase of a new V-Star 1100. I've decided that it was the best buy I could have made. Most ergonomically comfortable bike I've ever been on and that includes a BMW. Hope you enjoy that 1100. Yamaha is blowing it big time by discontinuing the bike instead of fuel injecting it.
I just started riding recently, have a 2000 vstar 1100 custom and really enjoy riding so far. i have put about 1500 miles on the bike in four months i am still learning to make sharp slow speed turns. I dropped it once on loose gravel, so i guess i am getting initiated. i have ridden in rain, at night, on curvy back roads and interstate , so getting to learn some new things. i am trying to be very careful, went on my first group ride two weeks ago and enjoyed it, can learn a lot of seasoned riders. i try to ride safely, wear a lime green vest, white helmet, and protective jacket/pants/boots. it is amazing that when i stop riding for even a week , it seems i have to reorient myself to riding a bit , i guess it is because my lack of riding experience. I am still going to the local school parking lots and practicing turns/stops/ swerves, etc, it seems to help build confidence.
V-Star23-Your honesty is refreshing. About those gravel turns. There are a number of situations on a motorcycle wherein doing what you always do most of the time can get you off two wheels. I won't go into all of them: it would be impossible to do so. One of them is gravel; oil; sand; loose rocks, etc.; any surface other than hard stuff. Some of the most experienced riders upon occasion drop their rides on such materials and often if not always when they least expect it. Respect turns more than you should instead of as much as you should. Also remember that sometimes a shaft drive grabs very suddenly at the rear tire area when you either get on or off the throttle more than conditions would normally forgive. Usually no problem except a heartbeat alert. In the soft or slick stuff, however, these can also cause the loss of the rear wheel. Certain tires help compensate for these mishaps, if they have sticky compound, but only to a degree. A lot of experience over time along with a reorientation period if one has been off the bike for quite a while, all will help. Best wishes on one of the best motorcycles on the planet.
I been riding now for roughly 3 weeks. Since I am in college, i can only do it to campus and back, and the occasional ride on weekends.
I agree with you Vstar 23. The first day I had my bike I dumped it on the loose rocks. I was so pissed. Im slowly working up to highway speed (I usually cruise around at 45) and getting the turning thing down. I did 55 this past weekend and It felt like I was gonna fly off. Guess something to work your way up to.
My dad rides but hes 4 hours away..so its tricky teaching yourself.
I am a new owner of a 2008 Yamaha Classic 650. I thought I wanted a smaller bike because I've had two knees replaced. But, as it turns out, I could've easily handled a larger bike. My friends still ask me if I'm going to get a larger bike. I like the Yamaha and it has plenty of power for me. I've taken it to Daytona and Tail of the Dragon and it was great. I've added a few things to it as you can see in the picture. http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4006055254/in/photostream/
I just got my dad back into riding after 26 years off season. Now he didnt buy a vstar in fact he bought a 86 shadow (in almost cherry shape for 700) as a test bike so he wasnt investing like 10g's for something he didn't want to do however now we wants a Vstar after riding mine and i don't think i will be able to get him off a bike ever again next summer he is riding to me and that is 1600 miles. So welcome back to riding and never leave us again lol