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We got LOTS of info here :)

. . . and some of it may actually be correct :eek:

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OK cool so here are my questions....Is 650 big enough to tour two up on? Is the fact that the V-Star is so darn ez to pick up off the kick stand common knowledge? I've owned Harleys for the last 31 years and now two months with no bike..going crazy. Not as strong nor willing to go into debt any more. Looking at 1100's 2002-2005 models. Does a 2005 V-Star 1100 with 30K in miles have a lot of life left? No experience with shaft drive. Last Harley was an Ultra Classic that someone offered me too much $ to say no to. I've rode them all from Sportsters to Dressers and have nothing to prove any more so willing to be one of those "sidewalk commandos" who owns over a 100 HD T-shirts riding metric with no debt. My how priorities change over the years! Thanks.
 

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Rider, lots of questions there. 650 can do 2 up, but it's not what you'd want to do for a long time, but a quick ride? Sure. Then you start asking about 1100's skipping the 950(greatest bike ever). The 1100 can certainly do 2 up and 30k mileage is one of those, if well cared for and maintained its fine, if not then maybe not. Long highway miles are better than 30000 city miles.

Welcome to the group. Look at each individual bikes forum for more on each. Enjoy your search. You will be happy with a star bike for lots of good mechanical reasons and lots of $ reasons as well. Although the customizing can have you spend plenty of $


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Second everything Yhv5 said, with a slight spin on the 30,000 mile question.
There is a such a glut of V-star 650's and 1100's with nothing but "hardly broken in" miles that it must be driving the current Yammy corporate guidence crazy.
There were just too many people who "thought" they would like to ride motorcycles, and then found out that they really didn't have any interest after all.

This being the case, seriously, why would you consider a machine with someone else's 30K already on it when you can easily pick up a tricked out,
loaded and dressed machine with less than 5K in the $3800 to $4500 range if you watch CL for a few weeks?

That's the situation out there with the used 1100s.

The tricked out 650s can be easily had for $3000.
Take that from personal experience (my avitar).
Since you're already used to big bores, you should go for the 1100s or you'll be wishing you had 2 weeks down the road.
 

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I would definitely go bigger than a 650 if i was thinking of doing a lot of 2 up riding. :rolleyes: hmm . . . unless of course my wife and i were 3' tall & 60lbs each :)
 

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go bigger than 650. if you want a VStar for touring 2 up, it's the least powerful cruiser Yamaha makes. and don't look for a bike with 30K miles on it because there are plenty of used ones out there with just a few thousand miles on them. and don't forget about the 950. you could probably find a used one for about $4K. and since '09 is the first year they made it, it's not going to be old.
 

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Yeah im in the same boat although if I could get a harley that dident break and cost the same as the star I might get another one. 1100 is fine for 2 up touring id not get a used bike with 30k on it unless it were a gold wing you know those are cared for. Engine wise from what I've read these can go 100k with no problems. As for as the 950 the security guard we use to have at work got one seemed much smaller frame then my 1100 and isn't as comfortable imo its more of a putt around 1 day tripper then anything. Of course I would not want to take mince cross country either lol

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As for as the 950 the security guard we use to have at work got one seemed much smaller frame then my 1100 and isn't as comfortable imo its more of a putt around 1 day tripper then anything.
Nope.

Look up the specs and you'll see that the 950 is physically larger than the 1100 in terms of length (except for the fenders on the classic), width and wheelbase. I've sat on both, and the 1100 feels almost exactly the same as my girlfriend's 650, which rides like a small bike.

The 950 has smaller displacement than the 1100 (by a whopping 121 cc! :rolleyes:), but the fuel injection and belt drive put it on an equal footing in terms of performance.

As for touring comfort, with my windshield attached, I'd ride this thing cross-country.

Edit: Your introduction thread seems to have been hijacked by this debate. Sorry to contribute. Anyway, welcome aboard!!
 

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I will ha e to take Your word for it im in 3g hell lol. His bike looked and felt smaller never pulled up any real specs. I do like the lines of the 950 but I've had belts break on my harley one no issue the other came slamming to a stop.

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Good advice. Thanks for the responses. All the 950's around here go for $5k+. I'm definitely in the $3-4K range. I like the fact the 1100's are very light but still have power. BTW when I say riding two up that means a total of 260lbs. on the bike. I do have a Kwik Kamp to tow though.
 

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Well I got around to looking at the specs last night like I said the security guard let me take his scoot for a spin and parking next to it my 1100 looked bigger.... well it is bigger but not by much. The seat height is the big difference between the 2 other then that the 1100 is 2 inches longer. So it feels like your on a much larger bike when you hop onto the 1100..

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Welcome

I have a 2000 vstar 1100 classic with 14k on it, I have had absolutely no trouble with it at all, the only thing I would reccomend if you get on is to install a baron's oil filter relocation kit, it will save you alot of money on oil changes down the road. I ride 2 up with the wife all the time and I love it. Just last week we rode to a rally 240 miles one way loaded with camping gear and a duffle bag and it handled real well. You really can't go wrong with an 1100.
 

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Pulled the trigger!

2004 V Star 1100 Custom. 6300 miles It looks, runs, and sounds great. I say that as I haven't even rode it yet. I have to customize it to fit me which I have had to do on every bike I have ever owned. Handlebar risers, raise the seat a couple inches, etc.
 
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