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Well - newbie here - Don't have a bike yet - but looking into one within the next 3-4 months. I had been looking around different bikes started with the Suzuki Boulevard to checking out the Harleys and now been looking into the V Star 1100 Customs. Been trying to figure out what kind of bike I wanted but now seeing the pricing and the nice looks of the V Stars - looks like I am definitely leaning to the V Star 1100. Got my motorcycle license last year - but life took over and now getting the time and opportunity to go look for a bike in 2016. So what years would be a safe bet on purchasing? Not looking for new but used for sure. BTW - Located in Atascocita, Texas which is about northeast of Houston, Texas. Looking forward to learning from you folks - before I make my purchase.
 

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Hi Deflord, welcome to the forum from north ms.
We have several 1100 owners here, and I know they'll be willing to help you in your search. I rode an 1100 before I bought my 950t and it handled well. Just got a better deal on the 950t. Keep us updated.

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Welcome from just south of Fort Worth. You can buy any year with confidence.I'm on my second 1100 cuz I like them so much. You won't regret it.
 

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Delford, like all have said welcome to the forum. I have an 08 1100 classic that I bought back in July and I love it. So yes I would recommend one. Of course it's my first bike but hey I love it. I'm in the Northwest part of Houston, so I always like to see Houston folks join. Again welcome.
 

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Excellent - because this will be my first bike as well. I have ridden a Kawasaki in the past when I was a kid (sneaking off with dad's bike) had looked at the Vulcans as well. But I just like the way the V Star looks. Would the 1100 be comfy for myself and a passenger aka like my wife on road trips or would someone have a better suggestion that I look into. Thanks to all for the Star Welcome and Five Star responses! ;)
 

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Welcome to the forum eh. My first was also an 1100 and I just love it. Low center of gravity makes for a great handling bike and it has enough power to handle 2 up all day. If you plan on doing long trips maybe you should look into a 1300. I've got a Stratoliner now and that baby has got comfort and power let me tell ya. But for a first bike, I wouldn't go much over 1300 to start with. On another note, tell us where you're from we're just curious like that eh.
 

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Thanks for the heads up - actually I did - Atascocita, Texas which is Northeast of Houston, Texas. I had looked at the 650/950 but figured they wouldn't be strong enough for two people which is why I had started looking at the 1100 - guess the 1300 might not be a bad area to look into as well.
 

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I know lots of 1100 owners ride 2up with no problem. Something else to think about is carburetor vs fuel injected.
 

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Thanks for the heads up - actually I did - Atascocita, Texas which is Northeast of Houston, Texas. I had looked at the 650/950 but figured they wouldn't be strong enough for two people which is why I had started looking at the 1100 - guess the 1300 might not be a bad area to look into as well.
The 1300 is fuel injected and water cooled. The 1100 is carburated and air cooled
 

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So benefits of either? Less/More maintenance?
I had a 650, a 1300 tour, and stryker. The 650 I had to re jet carbs to add both intake and exhaust. You have to find the right size jet for it to work properly. If you get the wrong one then you have to re do all over (pain in the arse) 1300 and stryker same motor different tuning. For these two all you need is a programmer and can easily be adjusted (I recommend EJK or PCV) There is also a flash you can do to get more power without the need of motor work. The start up is easier as there is no need for a choke and always starts fast. This just my opinion based on my experience with different bikes. Comfort wise with passenger the 1300 was the best. Looks, power, solo rider Stryker without a doubt
 

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Bevo is correct on the 950's. Difficult at times to fight off the crowds as one approaches a traffic light.

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