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I will try and keep my long story short...

I currently ride a 2006 C50. Even though I'm 6 ft and 260, the bike fits me well. I have started noticing things about the bike that i don't particularly care for anymore; Spoke wheels, suzuki shaft drive, terrible rear brake, and the knowledge that this year bike is bad for blowing up around 25000. So, I have started looking for a new bike, and narrowed my search to the 950T and the HD switchback. The 950t has really caught my eye, and I would like to know about your experiences with maintenance and longevity. I appreciate any feedback y'all give.
 

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i've got over 40K miles on my 950. only maintenance issues i've had is the belt needing to be replaced around 30K miles instead of 60K miles. this is either due to a defect in the belt, the specs of the sprockets being off, or the belt being too tight from incorrect Yamaha specs and Yamaha dealer techs. some other 950 owners have had similar experiences, and i think Yamaha has become aware of it, so future 950 owners should have less to worry about. other than that, no other issues. just change the oil and perform regularly scheduled maintenance and it will ride like a dream.
 

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Personally, I don't think you can go wrong with the 950T. I bought mine new in 2012 for the same reasons you mention: Tubeless tires (no spokes or tubes), Disk brakes (front AND rear), and air cooled motor (no more antifreeze) and belt drive (no shaft to lubricate or service). I've put over 12,000 miles on it and haven't had any problems. It has enough grunt to pull away from stop lights, is light enough to handle those twisty Arizona mountain roads, yet heavy enough to cruise the interstate at 75-80 mph. Even in the heat of summer here (110 degrees is not unusual), I've had no issues with the air cooled motor. The only caveat I would offer is: Sit on it and see how the ergonomics fit YOU. If the dealer will let you; take it out for a test drive. Oh...one other thing: If you do get one, make sure you get the fastest color.:D
 

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I am coming up on a year and 3000 miles on my 2014. I am 6'4, 260 and I love this bike. I ride with my wife who doubles the load and we have no problem at all. Only issue I've had was rolling in a veteran's day parade in 80* temps. The bike got good and hot after about 2 hours and started running rough. Once we got back up to 30 mph everything was fine. I ride it daily to school and work. 103* in Long Beach, CA today ( I know weird right ) and no trouble at all.
 

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I traded my 2002 Volusia for a 2012 950T a couple of years ago. Really pleased with my choice. No problems with the V Star bike. (I was really frustrated with the cold blooded Volusia carburetor.)

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There ya go. Try them both out and see which one fits you best. However, there is one VERY important rule: You have to post pictures of your new ride when you get it home. Everyone here tends to believe "no pictures - it doesn't exist." :)
 

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I made the exact trade you are looking at: am '06 C50 (with the red flame job), traded for a 950T. Everything the C50 does, the 950 does better, except for the seat. I won't get into the debate about good or bad, just that I had a corbin on both. The C50 version delightful, and the 950 version was much better than stock, but not a good as the one on the C50.

I bought my 950 before the switchback was introduced. If I had to do it today it would be a tougher choice, but I suspect the Yamaha would win.
 

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I think I'm down to my last question. For the people who came off the volusias/c50's, how are the vibrations of the 950 compared to the suzuki? My c50 buzzes at interstate speeds, does the star?

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