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Hello to all. Name is Aaron from still freezing Gaylord Michigan, current temp is a lovely 38f.... Great spring so far bleck.. anyway, long story short I am a big guy 6'2'' and well a big guy haha. Im looking at buying a 2007 vstar 1300 tourer. Heres my worry though. The bike is over 2 hours away, and my local dealership has none in stock so I cant really test it. Its pretty much drive to get the bike or go 4 hours for nothing. I only worry because I have a really bad back. Multiple herniated disc and arthritic disc's to boot, so although I still have good strength I worry about the weight of the 1300. I have been riding my little kawasaki 500 for many years now, but it is atleast 200 pounds lighter. I have no problems at all manuvering that bike around and would have no issue if it tipped. My concern is the extra 200 pounds. As far as the bike is concerned those out there that have them that are maybe smaller guys or any others out there with thoughts about this to help settle my mind would be much appreciated. I just worry if I should go with a smaller version of the v star. But like i said Im a big guy, which basically am the size of people goin two up you know. My 500 kaw has no problem moving my fat butt, but I cant get a backrest for drivers seat on my 500 so thats kinda my main reason for going for a bigger v star, I can hopefully extend trips from 20-30 miles to hour or two long trips if I do highway pegs, drivers backrest and oh.., I guess if I havent aggrevated you enough, I have heard there is a great debate on seats on here, but whats the big gripe about the stock 1300 seat? lastly, what is the best/most adjustable/most affordable drivers backrest for the 1300? To all that read this, thanks so much for your time and consideration in advance.
 

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Since no one else has piped in - I will. The vstars are extremely well balanced and have a low center of gravity. I'm only 5'4" and have some back issues too. I bought a roadstar which is 770 pounds wet - I think the 1300 is a bit lighter, not sure. At 6'2" I don't see you having any trouble with a 1300 but ymmv of course. You didn't say WHAT Kawi 500 - so no idea if you have a kawi cruiser or sport bike style now. My back does not like the sport bike ride for longer than an hour. My back likes the big comfy couch feel of a cruiser. The star's are great bikes. I say its worth going to look at...not that big a deal if you decide to walk away...have a nice meal in the middle.
 

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Hi Annie! Thanks for your reply. Right now I ride my 1997 kaw vulcan 500en. Little cruiser. I need the comfy cushion feel and laid back which is what is drawing me to the vstar 1300. I did all I could to my bike to make it more comfy, but it doesnt have a drivers backrest available to buy and I never can get a pack to feel right, so I am opting for the more comfy bike with backrest available. hoping the 1300 will be a good choice. I LOVE the look to it and the guys asking not much at all so here goes.... thanks again.
 

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from what i've heard, it's really well balanced and will only feel like a heavier bike when lifting it off its kickstand and going at slower speeds in 1st and 2nd gear. you should ask your question in the V Star thread to get some 1300 owners to see it and respond.
 

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thanks for the reply bevo. It wouldnt let me post in vstar thread to start, but it did finally later today so I have done so, just waitin on replys now. Thanks again have a great day!
 

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Well no one said thisyet so here it goes.

Welcome to the forum. You have found the best forum to satisfy your Vstar thirst for knowledge. Lots of great folks on here always willing to help out, even Kawi guyss :D. All of the answers you've got so far are leading you in the right direction. Go see it, try it out and come home with it ;). Once you get home with it, take a pic or two and post them here.

Ride safe and keep it shiny side up.
 

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Well no one said thisyet so here it goes.

Welcome to the forum. You have found the best forum to satisfy your Vstar thirst for knowledge. Lots of great folks on here always willing to help out, even Kawi guyss :D. All of the answers you've got so far are leading you in the right direction. Go see it, try it out and come home with it ;). Once you get home with it, take a pic or two and post them here.

Ride safe and keep it shiny side up.
finally came home with it! rode once and fell in love... that can be applied to many things in my life ahhahah, but yeah awesome bike, cant wait to do all i want to it. Thats my biggest issue now. Fall in love and poof there goes all your spendin money :)
 
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