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Hey all, I'm 28 years old and was deathly afraid of bikes in general due to an introduction to a barbed wire fence provided by one of those little 120cc mini bikes when I was 12. I finally said I'm done being afraid of bikes and bought my 09 V Star 950 used for a great price. It only had 1800 miles on it after three years since production!

I've been riding it non stop for about a week now, and let me tell you I should have bought a bike a looooong time ago!

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09 V Star 950
2300 miles (as of today)
Vance & Hines Big Radius 2 into 2 pipes (these were already installed, and AWESOME)
Mustang Seat (a MUST have in my opinion)
Kuryakyn ISO Grips (Black) with Throttle Boss
It also had a headlight modulator already installed when I bought it.

I originally bought it in Tommy Blue, but am not a huge fan of that color, so I had them paint it Candy Burgundy and add a couple of skulls to it as well. It is hard to see in my pictures, but the skull on the gas tank has black "cracks" shooting off of it into the tank that really pops out at you in the sunlight.

Overall, as my first bike I am very happy! The guys at the custom shop where I bought it from really took care of me, giving me all that for a grand total less than a brand new stock 950!








Kinda hard, but you can just make out the black "cracks" coming off of the skull into the tank. It really pops in the sunlight!




Some close ups of the skull to show the "cracks" that pop out in direct sunlight.






 

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Welcome to the club. When I was young, I had a run-in with a dune buggy on my suzuki 100, and didn't ride again until I got my suzuki bandit at 19. A few bikes and 5 years later I got my 1602cc yamaha roadstar. I'm 28 now and love to ride.

A word of warning, low miles on a bike isn't always good. I've seen 2000-2500 miles on 2004 models and that just means they spent more time sitting than riding, and maintenance was probably not done on time for the few trips it made.

Throttle lock is awesome, but I wouldn't use for more than if you need to take your hand off the throttle to pick your nose or if your hand cramps up. It doesn't automatically disengage, which can be disastrous.

Congrats, and enjoy the ride!
 

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Wise words, and well heeded. I made sure that my buddy, who is well versed in bikes, looked over mine before I bought it. He told me if I didn't buy it, he would haha. As far as the Throttle Boss, it is not an actual throttle lock. It is a paddle, as it were, that lets me keep pressure on the throttle with my palm, while at the same time relaxing cramped fingers.
So far I've put about 700 miles in a week on it, and haven't had a single problem. Other than crazies on the road of course haha.
 

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Ah, gotcha. I know them, I just didn't remember what it was called. Throttle lock is super nice though, but I seldom use it for more than a couple seconds when I need to adjust the helmet or make a phone call. :D

What kind of mileage are you getting on it?
 

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So far I am getting anywhere from 180-210 a tank, depending on how and where I am riding. I am avoiding freeways for the most part right now until I get used to riding more.
 

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For me there was more getting used to on the freeway, because of hte insane wind, especially at 90+mph. I figure it's how superman must have felt when he first started flying.
 

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HAHA!!! I imagine it feels even worse for me, I don't have a windscreen on my bike so even 70 mph makes me feel like I'm base jumping. I'm slowly getting used to higher speeds though, the initial shock of "Holy CRAP that's a lot of wind!" isn't as bad as it used to be. I still don't use freeways much though, not much need here in MI.
 

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Hi Kel! I also am a very happy owner of a 2009 950 V Star - bought a few weeks ago with 4000km on her. Mine is the tourer so it does have the saddle bags and windscreen, and I LOVE it! She handles like a dream, loves the corners, and she's not too bad to look at. Glad you gave biking a try - it's in your blood now! Ride safe.
 

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Welcome and congrats on the bike. Sounds like your well on your way making it your own. :)

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Welcome aboard :D
 

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Hey all, I'm 28 years old and was deathly afraid of bikes in general due to an introduction to a barbed wire fence provided by one of those little 120cc mini bikes when I was 12. I finally said I'm done being afraid of bikes and bought my 09 V Star 950 used for a great price. It only had 1800 miles on it after three years since production!

I've been riding it non stop for about a week now, and let me tell you I should have bought a bike a looooong time ago!

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Take every rider safety/skill class you can find and do it sooner rather than later and work on what they teach you every time you ride.

Sounds like you've jumped in with both feet and that's great but, going from fear to riding all the time is leaving out critical riding skills and techniques. Something like 50% of new riders have a...problem...in the first 6 months. After that, the accident rate goes way down.

Make it to that six months. Classes will help. A lot.

Oh. And, whatever you do, don't park in any handicap spots.
 

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Take every rider safety/skill class you can find and do it sooner rather than later and work on what they teach you every time you ride.

Sounds like you've jumped in with both feet and that's great but, going from fear to riding all the time is leaving out critical riding skills and techniques. Something like 50% of new riders have a...problem...in the first 6 months. After that, the accident rate goes way down.

Make it to that six months. Classes will help. A lot.

Oh. And, whatever you do, don't park in any handicap spots.
Haha, I will remember to avoid those. I am taking the MSF advanced riders course soon, within a month. I do ride a lot, but I always remind myself that there is always something that can go wrong. Will I avoid problems, maybe not, but I damn sure don't plan on being part of the problem!
 

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Haha, I will remember to avoid those. I am taking the MSF advanced riders course soon, within a month. I do ride a lot, but I always remind myself that there is always something that can go wrong. Will I avoid problems, maybe not, but I damn sure don't plan on being part of the problem!
I say this a person who wrecked everything I ever road, dirt bikes, 4 wheelers, bicycles, as a kid which is why I came late to street riding. I thought crashing, sooner or later, was simply part of the deal and crashing in a field or dirt track was OK. Street, not so much.

So, a few years ago, I got the bug and read everything I could about how motorcycles work, and why they crash, dirt and street, and the light bulb came on. Then, taking classes, applying it, developing the skills.

I took one class where everyone in there, except me, had been riding for years and some had some pretty high miles behind them. They had all had some sort of crash and were, finally, interested enough to see if maybe it was them. LOL Classic cases of guys who 'had to lay it down' or were 'hit by a car' that they ran into the back of. Guys who really didn't know how to negotiate curves. Visions skills, mindset, all sorts of good stuff.

It is a GREAT comfort to KNOW what I am trying to do, what the road is asking for and what the bike needs to be told to do and what it can and can't do.

I wouldn't be riding without it.
 

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Welcome aboard. Cool paint.
 
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