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Late last fall, I bought a 1999 V-Star 650 Classic. I fell sick and could not ride before winter came. A couple of weeks ago, I finally got the bike out of the shed and have been polishing up a bit etc etc. Finally today, I took the bike out for a spin. It was scary because I had not ridden a bike for a long while and I had to ride on a gravel road. It was loose gravel and the front wheel did slide a bit until I got to the asphalte. My bike performed perfectly. It has less than 20,000 km (12000 miles) so everything is tight, no strange noises, transmission nice and crisp, great brakes but one mirror was loose. I find the windshield a bit high but it can be adjusted lower. I was expecting more vibration but that was not the case. Anyway, I was nervous. The exhaust noise is perfect and I hear it very well when I turn my head. I see no need for more noise. I got a bit sloppy and crossed the double line in a curve. Feels great to ride again. Feels weird having the foot pegs so far forward and I still have a habit of using my left foot for braking (I mostly rode English Bikes).
 

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Unless you are planning on tearing up the highways at > 100km/hr, take the windshield off.

The 650 is a totally different bike with it on and off. I dont put mine on unless I will be riding 70mph or more on the thruway or interstate highways.

The 650 is a small enough bike that a windshield sucks the life out of the ride. It will go 140km/hr just fine with it on, when you need it.

Remember to countersteer. When I have not been riding for a while I tend to try to steer the bike like a car - not so much around corners, but if there is a manhole or bump in the road, if a dont have a second think about it, I run it right over.

After about 5 hours on the bike in the spring it all becomes second nature again. Your bike will take curves and lean over very well, you just gotta push harder on the grips to get those big fat tires to lean in.
 

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I have to adjust the windshield so I will probably take it off to see how it feels. My British bikes did not have windshields and the wind never bothered me. In the 60's and 70's, things like windshields were unheard of. The windshield on my bike is like new. When I was polishing my bike, I did find a few slight bumps but that's ok....it's almost 20 years old.
 

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Glad to see you were able to get back out on the road again. I’m sure it was a tad nerve racking but like les said, it’ll become second nature shortly. Every mile you put on will be a confidence builder.


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