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Old 02-17-2011, 09:05 AM   #1
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v star 650

im looking to buying a 2007 yamaha v star 650 and i was just wondering if there is any common problems that i should be aware of and etc. thanks
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Old 02-19-2011, 07:17 PM   #2
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VStars are great bikes ,if you are plannning on riding the highway , look for maybe a 1100 - 1300 Vstar.
I have a VStar 1300 , great bike.
Enjoy which ever bike you choose though.
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Old 02-19-2011, 09:36 PM   #3
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Hehe thanks, but I'm a beginner so going to start with a 650 but going upgrade to a HD nightster later.
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Old 02-20-2011, 12:53 AM   #4
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cool , my friend rides a nightser.
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Hey keith what you mean by riding highway? 650 are not good for long trips?
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Old 02-20-2011, 09:55 PM   #6
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On a 650 cruiser, you will be lacking on power when riding on highways. Not to say people don't do it, I wouldn't dare. Especially if you want to stay with the flow or stay ahead of the flow (traffic).

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Old 02-20-2011, 10:19 PM   #7
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I think the Vstar 650 is an excellent bike to learn how to ride. You are probably going to drop the bike a few times. A heavier bike is not easy to pick up. My M50 weighs over 600 pounds loaded and it is very difficult to pick up since I'm small and weigh about 125lbs.
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:18 PM   #8
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Hey keith what you mean by riding highway? 650 are not good for long trips?
sorry for the late response.
Me, I like criusing at speeds around 70-85 on the highway when possible, even with a passenger on back.
I have cruise control on my bike also for the long straight trips .
Not saying you can't run a 650 at that type of speed ,but imo for example , a hot summers day , riding with a passenger, @ around 80 mph & catching some hills , the 650 might be challenge some.
If you are a highway rider or constant commuter , look into liquid cooled bikes , the summer heat can be tough on a bike in stop & go traffic.
Radiator ftw !
But if you feel the 650 fits your riding needs , that's cool , you should ride what you like & feel comfortable with.
Hope you find a bike you like & get in the wind & enjoy your ride.
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Old 03-22-2011, 06:14 AM   #9
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On a 650 cruiser, you will be lacking on power when riding on highways. Not to say people don't do it, I wouldn't dare. Especially if you want to stay with the flow or stay ahead of the flow (traffic).

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This may be a little late but your reply is such bullshit. The 650 can do 80-85 all day long with enough throttle left to easily get around cars.
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Old 03-22-2011, 07:57 AM   #10
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The V Star 650 is an excellent first motorcycle. As far as being able to safely ride on freeways? I have a customer who used to tour alongside her husband on hers. Her 650 had no issues touring alongside her husband on his Roadliner for several thousand mile cross country trips
That said, it is an air cooled motor. The valve adjustment interval is frequent, although not expensive. Other than that they have no known issues and are a solid bike.
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Old 03-22-2011, 11:00 AM   #11
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Vstars are pretty much all I work on and I can say the valves rarely need adjusting.
I rode one hard for 3 years and the valves were never out of spec.
Heres my old one, and one I just built for a friend of mine.
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Old 03-25-2011, 12:30 PM   #12
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My .02 on this.. I agree with Patrick about the bike being able to handle the highways and being a great choice for a starter bike. I've got a Suzuki C50 (800) that can handle highway speeds fine but the bike feels like it runs much better around 60-65. Over that and the engine is wound a little tight and the bike doesn't feel near as stable. I would think a 650 would be even more wound up at interstate speeds. For true slab riding, I would recommend a larger displacement bike or a sport tourer (like my VFR!)
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