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I'm currently a rider of a Vstar 1100 and have always wanted a Vmax.
I know when it comes to power they excel but you only use it if you can handle it, in my opinion.
What has me curious is the maneuverability and balance of this awesome machine for a 65 year old somewhat novice bike rider.
Your comments advice would be much appreciated.
 

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Thanks for advice and know deep down you are probably correct.
Darn it though!
 

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Hello Shaker.

I just traded a 10 second bike in two weeks ago and im 53 years old, my fz1 was a blast. If you feel froggy go for it , you can only go as fast as you twist the throttle.

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Hey Shaker, like you, I've always loved that beefy powerful look of the vmax. However, I know only two options would eventually happen if I rode one. It would either mean an early grave or I would get in a lot of trouble. It's hard to have that capability and use it at least sometimes! Good luck with your choice.


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depends on the 65yr old. if you're 65 and a self-proclaimed "novice bike rider", i say you probably shouldn't ride one. that much bike is too much for most people. it has a clocked 0-60mph time of 2.7 seconds and has clocked a 1/4 mile time of 9.74 seconds.
If you ever have the thought of wanting a V Max, check the insurance rates, then if you REALLY want one, move forward after that LOL!
 

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If you ever have the thought of wanting a V Max, check the insurance rates, then if you REALLY want one, move forward after that LOL!
Old post I know but it simply is not true, with State Farm Insurance at least. The new Vmax is rated by cc just like any other cruiser motorcycle - it is not classified as a sport bike. The Vmax is on the same scale as any other 1700cccruiser motorcycle out there. I currently own a 2010 Vmax and owned a 2005 Warrior before that.
 

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Thanks for advice and know deep down you are probably correct.
Darn it though!
Hold up.

In terms of your skill level, where you are today is only where you will be tomorrow if you choose to stay put. A V-max, like any bike, has a clutch, shifter, front and rear brakes, throttle, handlebar and...you...for controls. It has two wheels and is rear drive. The only difference is what it CAN do vs. your skill and experience level.

I think EVERYONE should learn to ride on a dirt bike. Before taking to the street. Take a spill or two. Learn how the thing works, why it works, learn all the basic skills, friction zone, dragging rear brake for slow speed maneuvers, figure 8's, circles, cone weave, all of that.

Presuming you are past that and a regular street rider, 'somewhat novice' says to me time to go take an intermediate class and get sharp on the basics and reach the point where you consider yourself a solid intermediate. To me, that means you have the confidence in your riding skills that you could ride ANY street bike, properly and competently, right off the lot. That's not to say you can wring the thing out but, handle it. Stay within your skill set. Try and ride as many different bikes as possibly. Buddies, demo days, dealers that have a solid demo program.

I think EVERYONE should strive for at least that level of skill and competence.

From there, pick what you like, including a V-max and go ride that thing!

My first street bike was a Hayabusa. Knowing what it could do, being a little older, being honest about my skill level, having started on dirt bikes, I was nervous but, I knew I could handle it. Totally inappropriate bike for me but, not because it was some sort of magic beast trying to kill me but, simply ergonomics and riding style.

Work on your skills, always, sez I, regardless of whether you ride a V-Max or a 250 cc Shadow.
 

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I'm planning on getting a v max soon. I like the look of it looks very classy, steady and comfortable even it looks quite big. Another thing that I love with this bike is the engine and power it produces.
 

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Hold up.

In terms of your skill level, where you are today is only where you will be tomorrow if you choose to stay put.

Work on your skills, always, sez I, regardless of whether you ride a V-Max or a 250 cc Shadow.
Have to agree with Larry. I'm 60 and the one bike I wish I never got rid of was a '92 VMax. The power curve was great, the handling was a bit squirrelly at times due to frame flex, but I loved riding it. The most intoxicating exhaust note of any bike I've had. I say go for it.
 

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I have had my 2001 Gen I VMax for a total of 2.5 months and 2500 miles. I picked it up after a 10 year haitus, having owned a Virago 750 and Seca II as prior rides.

With that said, the VMax demands respect and competency from its rider - if pushed. It is relatively docile, but heavy, if you keep the throttle to 1/4 and rpm below the VBoost kick in of 6000 rpm.

I just put 100 miles on mine yesterday with my wife riding two up. We had a great time and hit 100 mph with ease on one straight away.

Great passing power, great sound, fun ride, no problem keeping up with our Harley riding friends - they were always in our mirrors!

Minor mods (like progressive springs and sticky tires) make good handling improvements.

Hope this helps!


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I've always liked the look of the Vmax. That's what started this motorcycle thing again for me. I found a very clean 99 Vmax on craigslist, went and rode it, made an offer on it and the guy refused to even consider my offer which was above clean retail. I had a 800 Kawasaki for 6 weeks before trading it in on my Vstar. Well the Vmax is up for sale again, $450.00 higher than it was last time. I email them about the price and got a good cussing out from the guys wife. She said that SHE is the owner, NOT her husband, and she will ask what ever she damned well please. A week later she dropped the price, and 4 days later she dropped the price to what I offered to begin with. Getting awful temped to go make another offer on it, but only book price. I wouldn't get rid of my 1300 though, like it too much, but that old Vmax is a rush to ride.
 
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