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Hi everyone! I've been riding a 2007 VStar 650 since 2010, but this weekend, I got my new 2013 VStar 950 and super excited! I'm excited to join this form and share some thoughts with other Star owners! I've had my eye on this bike for a while- I really wanted a white one and wanted to graduate to a little more power. I intend on having this baby for quite some time! I have loved every bit of my VStars!

I'm originally from West Texas, but now I live in Bellingham, WA- moved here about 6 years ago. I am excited to start customizing my bike a little and making it truly my own. I'm looking towards some Cobra exhaust pipes and maybe the Fi2000R fuel management system. I'd be happy to hear some opinions, advice, reviews on them if anyone has any!

I love to ride and be outdoors but am not looking forward to the wet and rainy PNW fall/winter- as far as riding goes!

Thanks for having this forum and I look forward to looking!

Safe riding everyone!
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Welcome to the forum Ashlie. Great intro post and pics to boot :). Lot's of folks on here with the 950 and they all love them. I'm looking forward to reading your posts, looking at more pics and seeing how high your mark will be when you pass the 950 exam.

Ride safe and keep it shiny side up.
 

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Oh no, there is studying required on this forum?!?! I thought I was done with college!

What are the exam questions like? I could think of worse topics to study on...

Thanks for the warm welcome! Put on a pair of mirrors last night, looking a little better already!
 

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Hi, and welcome to the forum. Corsair is right about the exam. Our resident 950 expert is bevo. I ride an 09' 950t and had to pass his exam on the history of the 950. I passed it the second time, and it made me appreciate my bike even more. The 950 loves upgrades. I have a modified exhaust and air kit and fuel processor on mine. Now i can run with big dogs and still get good mileage. Thanks for including pics with your intro. Ride safe and post often!
 

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Thanks Keith,

Oh boy, now I'm nervous...but I do wanna learn more about my bike all the time!

I'm looking at parts to add, I'm very pleased with my first simple installation of new mirrors.

What brand are your modifications? Did you go with any Cobra products? I talked to a gentleman there at Cobra this morning and he was awesome to talk to and encouraging about what I was shopping around for. I think I will go with them.
 

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I have the cobra slip on 4" muffler, great sound and simple install. Cobra fuel processor with oxygen sensor edition, and la choppers xxx air kit. By shopping around i saved $400 on parts and did my own installs. I personally shopped at Amazon, ebay, and phat performance. All were great to deal with. Im sure other 950 owners will be of great help as well. Youll love this forum for its helpful members. Keep us updated on your mods.
 

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Your bike is Beautiful Keith! I do like the classic black.

yes, thank you! I am starting to shop around and started with JP Cycles, but cruisercustomizing.com is a little cheaper. They also have sales and a package discount...which is supposedly saving me about $300 right now!

Now that I have my cart full, I'll start shopping elsewhere. The thing about Ebay, Amazon, etc. I would like to pay a little more to have that lifetime warranty on the Cobra exhaust should anything happen, and the Fi2000R has a 2 year warranty. They told me if I buy from a non-dealer, no warranty. Might be worth $50-100. Cheaper than my local shop told me so far, so it's a start.

I do like that air intake on yours. I was just looking at the Kuryakyn Alley cat...it looks fun! I'm nervous about my own install, but I want to learn and the Cobra guy told me go for it! It's str8fwd and I can call/youtube for help. Now I might have some new friendly sources!!
 

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I understand about the package discount. Ive used cruisercustomizing in the past as well and they were very helpful. When i purchased my upgrades like my muffler, it was from an authorized dealer so i got the lifetime warranty. The install took me 27mins and i took my time. The only self install that took some time was the fuel processor, but im old and slow, lol. The air kit with removal of the factory one, and install of the aftermarkit one took me an hour including adjusting the "pots" on the fuel processor. Once your installs are done, youll notice a considerable difference in overall performance with more low end grunt which helps out while riding in traffic.
 

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Welcome to the forum from here in Northwest Illinois. Looks like you have some beautiful country to ride that 950 in. Keep up the great posting and ride safe.
 

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I am starting to shop around and started with JP Cycles, but cruisercustomizing.com is a little cheaper. They also have sales and a package discount...which is supposedly saving me about $300 right now!
JP Cycles is overpriced. Cruiser Customizing is better but a lot of the time parts are not in stock and you won't know until you place your order. Usually I prefer denniskirk.com unless I just happen to find a good deal elsewhere.

Welcome to the forum. :)
 

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Blueroadstar- Thanks and hi there! I agree- JP cycles a bit $$$. And yet another reference, I've seen DennisKirk pop up here and there so thanks for the review.

Thanks VStar Man...I left out the Old part...hahaha you don't look old to me! You are right, though super rainy right now, there is some beautiful countryside to ride in up here in the PNW. I will surely keep up the posts!

Keith- you have been the utmost helpful already! Thanks for the Phat Performance reference...they are way cheaper already! I will verify that the Cobra warranty would stand as the exhaust is over $100 cheaper than CC.

That's great to hear about install times. I'm gaining more confidence with each post I read that install is DIY doable. I do see plenty of sources for help. If I go with CC, looks like a nice kickback- maybe put that towards some Kuryakyn grips and some nice girly accent grip rings! Have any experience with those (not the girly rings, haha)? On my 85 mile ride home from the dealer, the grips are fine, but my feet nearly rattled out of my boots! It was unbelievable the difference from my 650.:mad: Oh well, maybe I can do something about that in the future.

I wanna get these parts coming soon and get out there! I'm one of the rare women that despises shopping, but I can make an exception on this topic!!
 

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Glad to help. As you can tell our forum has the best members all willing to help. Love to see ladies get out and ride and work on their rides. My Mom at 87 would still be riding if her legs could handle it. I put on Kuryakyn chrome grips with the rubber inserts. Got them off ebay on sale. A buddy and I Installed them in about an hour including removal of the factory ones. Big difference in grip, and no vibration. Also sent you a PM.
 

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Welcome from Tacoma Washington, Great looking new to you Bike you got there Bro! Motorcycle Super Store also seems to be fairly decent with their pricing, and shipping... Not to mention that they have an Oregon location, so if its on hand there, then it's only a day or so out... Have been shopping around, but I usually come back to getting more things from them... So far their Customer Service has been pretty friendly & helpful, even more so, after I accidently ordered the wrong front tire(ordered one for a Custom, when I have a Classic)... The Rep I talked to about the return, got me the correct one ordered, along with a much needed bike cover... Had both the correct tire, and bike cover in barely 3 days after talking to him(was a Saturday when I did)... Then barely a week after I shipped the Custom front tire back, they already refunded my Paypal account for it...
 

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Ashlie,
Welcome to the site! I also started on the VStar 650 Silverado and this past August got my 2012 950T. I have the Cobra engine guards on mine and the Kuryakyn ISO Grips - much better than the stock grips. Be safe and enjoy that bike!
 

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I was able to find some kuryakan highway pegs waaaaaay cheaper at Dennis kirk than anywhere else I looked. Don't know if they had a special sale or what but they were cheap. You are on the right track as far as buying parts the cheapest. Find the exact parts you want then keep looking for the best deal. Sometimes it may be ebay but not always.
And welcome to the 4M.
 

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Happy Halloween everyone!

Hi Dragon! Thanks for the compliment! I'll even take the "Bro!" from my fellow Washingtonian- hahaha (I'm a chick, but I like it!) I'm in love with my bike and keep checking the mail every day to see if the parts are in...not yet, but may get a grip kit as a nice Halloween present today! Thanks for the suggestion, that sounds like a really cool company.

And hi to you Bman950. Congrats on the new bike as well! I did order the Kuryakyn black grips and pretty confident about the install, so might be doing that tonight...my own candy instead of handing it out to all the little gremlins! I haven't looked into engine guards as I don't go on a lot of long rides yet, but now that I have this baby, I might start. I'll check your company as well.

And hello Summer. Yes, I have spent hours shopping and think I got a pretty good deal. I know there are tons of websites out there so thanks for the suggestion! I think I'm done for the immediate future, but I was contemplating some LED lights...I don't have any major engine upgrades, so really nothing to show off, but the new exhaust and air intake should look pretty good.

The search may be on for those soon. Take care everyone and safe riding! Get out there for me...NW WA weather is not looking so hot these days :(

Ash
 

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Re: Hello from Bellingham, WA! '13 VStar

Hello Ashlie
What a beautiful ride! : ) It is great to know another female has joined the forum...the males are very helpful here and so willing to offer the knowledge and experience with adding mods and accessories. I, too, own a 2012 950T. It is such an awesome bike for me. I am interested in maintaining and doing my mechanical and electrical additions, myself.

You are a great example, already, challenging other ladies to make mods themselves. Certainly, even the resource from vendors offers a wealth of guidance and knowledge.

Being in upper NY, my bike is starting its long winter rest! while we enjoy the winter sports...

Ride safe and keep us informed how those adds are coming. YammyV :)
 

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Hi YammyV! Well thank you so much! I've been keepin my eyes peeled for the other ladies. I'm so happy you left me a message. I think us girls should know a little bit about our bikes too! I look forward to chatting and keeping up with you.

It was a Happy Halloween for me so far! Just finished with my easy mods and settling in for the little goblins to come to my door. Yes, the Youtube vids and all the helpful fellas have really given me confidence! For tonight's project, I'm not a Kuryakyn whore (haha as I just found out about all these brands last week, but I did want the parts to match so that's what I went with. My new seat from another great member on this forum, and the Cobra Fi2000 are due to arrive Monday, so that's next! Hopefully my pipes will be in next week, then the Kuryakyn air intake- excited for that!

The below install took about an hour, and that was with some playing around. I have an allen wrench set and NONE of them fit any of the Kury parts! I was really bummed immediately, but luckily, I had a one of those screwdriver kits with about 30 changeable bits and BINGO! The grips were SOOO easy! I even surprised myself. The left grip was even so snug, it actually took some effort to get it on, so I didn't have to panic and use the super glue...it's not going anywhere, so I'm confident with that. I'm liking the subtle girly splashes (not that I'm a girly girl, but this is a chick bike! :) ) so far. I would prefer hot pink, but the fuschia type will do.

Thanks to everyone and the next steps will be big girl steps! Get some riding time in this weekend and be safe.

Kuryakyn Brake Pedal Cover


Kuryakyn Black ISO Grips


Big Parts, Customizing Something??? Cheap plastic horn cover


Kuryakyn Whorin' it out! haha


Cheap Ebay black/ice blue glass mirrors


Kuryakyn Shift Peg Covers


Purple Kuryakyn Accent rings and Small Auto Parts Tire Stem Cap
 

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Ran over my image limit, but had to include the FIRST and important customizations! hahah Yes there are such thing as Texan tree-hugger hippies! I'm self-proclaimed.

You can take the girl out of Texas, but...

Cheap from Ebay Peace knobs, license plate cover
 
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