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.