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I'm new to this forum and I'm just looking for some opinions.

I've been riding for about 10 years now. For the past 5 or 6 I've been riding sport bikes. I'm looking to move to cruiser. I have the option to get either an '09 1100 or a '10 950.

I would hate to get the 950 and be disappointed in the power. I've rode under-powered bikes before and is a real pain trying to squeeze every bit of power out.

How much of a power difference is noticable between the two?
Is it even worth considering the 950?

Any information is greatly appreciated.
 

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Both are nice bikes. performance wise there is very little dif. I have the 650 and 1100 but i have road the 950 also. For a few more bucks you could get a Roadstar, I believe you would like it better. Some one once sad " Get the biggest bike you can that way you save all the in between bike money". I like my 650 and 1100 but next it will be a Roadstar. :p
 

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I agree with Farmall. The way you look at performance you might want to spend the four or five thousand dollars. If you decide you want it later you will need to deal with deprecation.

As to the 950 and 1100 I believe the 950 is taking the place of the 1100. The horsepower and torque is nearly the same but the 950 is a little lighter. Torque might be the more important number on the lower RPM motors than your sport bike.

Here is a site with some charts to compare unfortunately the 950 is not on this site.

http://www.pacificcoaststar.com/pcs/yamaha_dynos.htm

This magazine article has 950 specs. At the wheel 47 HP and 56 Ft lbs of torque.
http://www.ridermagazine.com/output.cfm?id=1968427

Dave

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I test road a 1100 before I bought my 950. I think The fi and belt make up for the difference in displacement. The power seemed the same to me between the two. The fi was the thing that made up my mind. It sure is nice to not have to turn on the fuel petcock and pull the choke when you start up. I may be crazy, but I think the shaft on the 1100 feels different in the corners than the belt drive. The 950 just felt smoother to me.
 

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I test road a 1100 before I bought my 950. I think The fi and belt make up for the difference in displacement. The power seemed the same to me between the two. The fi was the thing that made up my mind. It sure is nice to not have to turn on the fuel petcock and pull the choke when you start up. I may be crazy, but I think the shaft on the 1100 feels different in the corners than the belt drive. The 950 just felt smoother to me.
That's what makes life so good, you ain't right, I ain't right, different strokes. It's what each rider likes. Wouldn't it be pretty boring if all bikes were exactly alike cause someone says it's the best, and that's the only one to ride? I'm very happy everyone can chose, I'm big time 1100, but that's just me. Everyone just keep smilein and keep ridein,LIFE IS SHORT!!! Enjoy each day :)
 

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I came from a sport touring bike back to a cruiser and one of the reasons i chose the 1100 over the new 950 was the 1100 has better cornering clearance. I also just fit better on the 1100 (found it more comfy). The other selling feature to me for the 1100 is the better brakes twin front disks compared to the singles on the 950. I also just like the old school simplicity of the 1100. Fule injection is very nice but they just dont got that charecter you get from a carbed bike. And Chearecter is a BIG reason i switched back to a cruiser.

Overall i think the 1100 is a damn good buy. And its peak tq numbers are higher and at lower RPM. Also currently their are alot more performance parts built for the 1100 and trust me coming from a sporting machine you gona want a bit more performance.

That being said i LOVE the look of the 950's and the belt drive is my preferance. But for my purpose the 1100 was the way to go.

Over all i dont think ya can go wrong with either as they both seem to be great machines
 
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