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Hello from Texas. I recently got a 2005 vstar 650, and I love it. I have been out of motorcycles for about 25 years, and I was looking for a cruiser and the first bike I test drove was a Suzuki Lc 1500. Wow the bike was massive. I'm a big guy 6'3" 300 lbs and the bike was not what I expected. Too many years out of the saddle. I figured after the test drive to start with a little lighter scoot. People on different Forums say the 650 too small for a big guy, but they're wrong. Unless you want to cruise 80 or faster it's got plenty of power. for me anyhow. Thanks, and ride safe! Steve
 

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650 is one of the most dependable motorcycles you can find.

If you have not already done so, look in the little storage compartment on the left side below the seat (opposite from the battery compartment) you open it with your key, and see if the factory tool set is snapped in the bottom (impossible to see, its all black, have to feel for it).

If you have it get the spanner out, take the seat off, and you will probably want to set the monoshock preload towards its max setting ( i think 6 or 7).

If you dont have the owners manual you can download it for free from the yamaha website, and there is a section on setting the shock preload.

It comes default to 3 from the factory, which is good for a 180 lb rider - and most people never touch it.
 

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Nice intro. I always wondered about the 650 having enough power i am 6'2" 260#. 10 years ago i bought a VTX 1800. After a while it got to be a bit much as i am not getting younger. Sold it expecting to never ride again until the following weekend when i bought my 2001 1100 classic.
Haven't looked back since. Riding my star in the last 2 month more than the last 3 years with the 1800. I think you will enjoy this site. There is a lot of info, nice people and laughs here.
 

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Welcome from Houston, Texas. Glad to have another Lone Star rider here. By the way, Deeksvstarclassic was hinting towards how we poke at each other. It's all in fun as many of us have been here for a while. I probably have the biggest problem when it comes to immature postings. The 650 is a great bike for one up at your size. Checking the shock pre-load is a great suggestion. What part of our great state are you from? Here's a few interesting threads to check out when you get a chance.

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forums/6-new-member-introductions/116742-location-garage.html

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forums/49-v-star/5655-yammy-ya-got.html?highlight=Yammy

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forums/36-lounge/110258-where-you.html

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forums/11-general-bike-talk/25113-how-experienced-you.html

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forum...ature-you.html

Ride often and safe.
 

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Welcome from East Tennessee! The 650 is a great bike, and pics are a must here, share a few and ride safely!


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Thanks, Guys, I took KCW's advise and cranked up the tension on the monoshock and it rides much better. I'm from Clarksville, in Red River Co. 15 miles from the Oklahoma border. About an hour from the mountains in So Okla. and. Ark. The FM roads in my county are twisty, shaded pretty much unoccupied. Except for critters. I really didn't know I missed riding so much, glad to be back in the saddle. And it's good to find a bunch of down to earth folks. Ride safe!
 

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was there a tool kit still in the storage compartment?

a lot of people buying the bikes used dont know its in there, it locks in so well, and you cant see it

but the factory spanner works perfectly for the monoshock - the rest of the tools are not very useful
 

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Yea, the tool get kit was on the bike and I don't think it had ever been taken out of the compartment. Took about 20 min to git it out.. I am the third owner I think. I am an old guy and I got it from an old guy not sure about the first person. It had 10,131 on the speedo.
 

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Something else to check with you being tall is the handlebar position. If you need a little more arm room you can rotate the bars forward. Might need to move them back and forth a few times to find the best position. I'm short and have to rotate them back for a more comfortable ride. Oh, don't forget to tighten them up good after you adjust, they will rotate on you, especially on the first hard stop. Don't ask how I know that. ����
 

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...don't forget to tighten them up good after you adjust, they will rotate on you, especially on the first hard stop. ..
and by good Les means:

Handlebar clamp bolts: 16.5 ft-lbs
 

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and by good Les means:

Handlebar clamp bolts: 16.5 ft-lbs
Good call. I take for granted people use a torque wrench. Whenever I first get a bike I print out the torque specs and tape on workbench wall. Most repair manuals are online for free download. Comes in very handy and don't have to look it up. Here's an example of sheet on my wall.

 

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Good call. I take for granted people use a torque wrench. Whenever I first get a bike I print out the torque specs and tape on workbench wall. Most repair manuals are online for free download. Comes in very handy and don't have to look it up. Here's an example of sheet on my wall.

What are these mysterious 'torque specs' of which you speak? Don't you just reef on them untill they start to strip, say 'dammit', and back them off a bit? Or is that just me?

BTW, is it allowable to use ft-lbs of torque for a metric bike? I'm asking for a friend.
 

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What are these mysterious 'torque specs' of which you speak? Don't you just reef on them untill they start to strip, say 'dammit', and back them off a bit? Or is that just me?

BTW, is it allowable to use ft-lbs of torque for a metric bike? I'm asking for a friend.
You can use either. The metric and foot/inch pounds are converted to be the same. Yamaha was nice enough to do the conversion for us. 😁
 

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Just be careful, some touque values are inch pounds and not foot pounds.
 
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