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Hi all.
I'm new to the forum and to bikes (I'm 24 and don't have one yet :).

I've completed the MSF new rider course (and loved it) and I've been looking for just the right bike for a while now.

I was referred to this forum after seeing a GORGEOUS bike at a gas station last week, and the great guy riding gave me this group as a resource (and if you are reading this, you left so quick I didn't get your name, but I'd recognize that purple bike anywhere!).

I'm leaning toward a 650cc bike, but I'm open to suggestions.
 

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Welcome to the forum SG. Would that purple machine have woodland nymphs on it by chance. The 650 is a nice starter bike but you'll soon catch a case of CCitiss. So my suggestion to you would be to buy used and then go for the gusto :D. If you have any other questions about different Star bikes, ask away. you'll get tons of answers for sure.

Ride safe and keep it shiny side up.
 

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Springfield, Missouri? Last week? You might be looking for Miescha. Did the bike have...nymphs on it?
 

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Welcome aboard :) You can't go wrong with a Yamaha, oops! I mean a Star:D

I know a couple of ladies that ride the 650's and they say it is plenty big enough for them, of course they both stand about 5' 2" and 80lbs soaking wet :rolleyes:
 

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Corsair & Sparkn: It was in Springfield, MO last week! Not sure if they are nymphs (woodland or otherwise), I called them fairies or pixies. I tried to get a pic, but he either didn't care much for me (which is unusual if I do say so myself :) or he was in one heck of a hurry (which did seem to be the case). He was super cool and nice and seemed genuinely happy to talk all day about bikes, just in a rush. I will have to look up the 'Miescha' you mention. Any chance he is from Springfield, MO? I've been driving by that same gas station for the past week!

b00p: I've ridden a few HD 1200 sportster bikes. They didn't seem too big (though I didn't care for them for other reasons). I found the Star line recently and really like the lines and looks (and this was really confirmed when I saw the purple star bike last week which I believe was an 1100). I'm not opposed to a larger bike, I just figured I would start on something smaller until I felt super confident. The bikes at the MSF course were 250cc and they felt really small and nimble (too small even for my small size). My plan (as much as I have one right now) was to start with a used 650-ish bike and ride this summer with the expectation of moving to something larger by next year if not sooner. Of course, if I found the right bike, I'd be more than willing to start a bit bigger right now (any chance this Miescha guy is in the market to sell???).
 

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howdy. purple V Star bike near Springfield, MO with fairies on it? that could be ANYONE!!
good money is on Miescha. he should be along here shortly.

the 650 is a great entry bike to the V Star line. i think you're smart to want to start on this and get some experience before moving up to something bigger, but if you feel confident enough you can handle a bigger bike right away, then go for it. if you haven't already, go to a dealership and sit on some bikes and see which feels more comfortable and fits you best. move it side to side and get a feel for the weight.

and ask us lots of questions!
 

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Hello.;-) new to the forum myself . I just upgraded a 200 650classic to a 950 now with windshield,seat,sissy bar & bags. loved both of them the 650 is a nice bike for cruises around 60mph all day. I bought mine for short day trips with the wife & comutes. I hated the stk seat & found a mustang wide tour cheap ($300) & loved it (so did the wife). The only reason I traded up was the 650 is past its tourque peak @65 & starts to loose mpg. plus me & the wife tip the scale @ 400lbs. If I could add a gear of 20% to the finnal drive I'd still have it. has plenty of TQ just needs another gear after 65. sorry for being long winded :-D
 

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Thanks for the advice Bevo. I see that you are a 'super moderator' so perhaps you can tell me how to find this elusive "Miescha" as I seem to be finding a lot of thread posts but no pics that can help me identify his bike.

As for the recommendations for me, I have been leaning toward the Star bikes for a while. I've sat on the 1300 and it seemed too big for my frame (I'm 5'3" and 105lbs). I also sat on a 950 that looked very sexy, but it also seemed big (it was setup for 'touring' according to the dealer and that may have caused it to feel heavier).

I have not seen an 1100 until I saw the purple bike last week. I'm sure the paint and artwork had a lot to do with it, but that bike looked *really* curvy and sexy. When the owner let me sit on it I thought it seemed really low (I could flat-foot very easily) and it seemed very light and balanced. And when he fired it up and shot out of the gas station while I was back at my car getting my phone for a pic, it sounded GREAT and must be fairly powerful b/c he was down the road and had it open wide on the on-ramp before I even had my camera open :-(.

Based on what I've seen locally and on line, I've planned to spend about $4000 now for a used bike and then spend that much again, plus whatever I get from selling the first bike, to buy a larger bike late this summer or over the winter. I certainly wouldn't mind saving a bit of money by just skipping the smaller bike, but only if I felt really comfortable on the bigger bike from the outset.

Any other Star bikes I should be looking at right now? The purple bike rider mentioned a new mid size bike, but I was so enamored with his bike that I've forgotten the name (not sure I ever heard it to be honest).
 

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Just found the Bike of the Month thread - Miescha is definitely the hot, curvy, sexy bike I've been lusting after!

I can't find the 1100 on the Yamaha site, is it no longer available? If not, what replaced it?
 

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HA - yeah that was me! :D

Lots of women comment on the bike when I'm stopped (sometimes when I still moving), but I'm pretty sure you're the first to actually take my advice and come to the forum and post. That's too crazy!

I didn't mean to rush off and leave you, I actually thought you lost interest and left when you headed for your car (I'm a year or two older than 24 so I figured you couldn't have any interest in chatting with me very long :) But I actually was in a bit of a rush.

It sounds like you have already received some great advice, and I pretty much agree with all of it. You won't go wrong with the 650 given your willingness to move up quickly when you're ready to do so. I also don't think you would go wrong with a used 1100 (2011 was the last year so you're unlikely to find a new one at this point).

The other bike I mentioned while you were sitting on my bike is the Yamaha Bolt. It uses the same engine as the 950, but in a bit smaller package. Though you were pretty adamant that you wanted the lines and curves of the 1100 classic (and I'll admit you looked good on the bike), so I'm not sure you'll like the lines of the Bolt, but definitely give it a look.

I'll send you some pics and other info via PM so as not to waste everyone else's time. Glad you found the forum and glad to hear you like my bike so much (FYI, they are Woodland Nymphs - not fairies or pixies :).
 

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Would that purple machine have woodland nymphs on it by chance.
Springfield, Missouri? Last week? You might be looking for Miescha. Did the bike have...nymphs on it?
howdy. purple V Star bike near Springfield, MO with fairies on it? that could be ANYONE!!
good money is on Miescha.
You guys are all too damn funny!

'Could be ANYONE' Really Bevo? Too damn funny. :D (though I hear purple fairy bikes are all the rage in southern Missouri).
 

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Welcome to the forum and yes the 1100 was discontinued several years ago as was the 650. However they brought back the 650 this year with no significant changes.
If anything replaced the 1100 it would be the 950 as it's fuel injected newer technology performs all as well as the 1100 did. The new star that was mentioned is the Star Bolt 950. A bobber style bike resembling the Sporster. You should check it out. Any bike can bee custom lowered to fit your height. My wife started riding first bike ever was a Virago 750 then within a month I got her a v star 950. She loves it and has put some 12,000 miles in a year on it. I must say if you sat on a 1300 and thought it was too big try a star Stryker.
 

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I'm leaning toward a 650cc bike, but I'm open to suggestions.
Go get you a CRF 150 or similar, good gear and learn to ride dirt bikes pretty good. Get a crash or two under your belt, get comfortable with a loose rear end, get real good with your controls, including your body, and then get you a street bike.

Cheers.
 

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Hi StarGirl! Welcome to the 4m. I started out on a Vstar 650 after a short stint on my boyfriend's 250. I'd recommend buying a used 650 and riding it for a season or two before deciding whether you want to move up to something bigger. The star line is extremely well balanced so even the heavy bikes are great - but I think you are right to star on the smaller bike and then move up. You get a chance to learn what you like and don't for the "keeper". I'm riding a roadstar 1600 which I would never have pictured myself riding when I first started out - but I am loving my purple princess! Not as pretty as Miescha's bike with the "woodland nymphs not faeries", but hey...we can't all be him.
 

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