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06-09-2015, 05:42 PM,
New Rider

I recently purchased a 2002 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom. Haven't been on a bike in a number of years, and am looking forward to getting back into riding.

Also will be outfitting this bike for longer tours and doing general upgrades to the components. Any suggestions will be more than welcome!

Will post a picture soon.

06-09-2015, 06:24 PM,
RE: New Rider
sweet and welcome @birdmurph you can get a lot of knowledge on your 650 from @OldePhart as he has the same bike and continues to do upgrades, he just cannot help it. you know us boys and our toys! then theres @Maustarman that does 650 and 1100 then @Pauli466 did I miss any of our brain trust?
2006 VStar Stratoliner, Freedom Performance split dual exhaust, Mustang seats, Sissy bar with back rack, bolted saddlebags to mounts.
Life's tough .. it's even tougher if you're stupid. - John Wayne

06-09-2015, 06:37 PM,
RE: New Rider
my first upgrade was foot boards for long trips. there are two ways to do it. let me know when your ready.
06-09-2015, 06:37 PM,
RE: New Rider
Welcome to the forum. As @Keith says I've done quite a bit to my bike.

For long rides a bat wing fairing is really nice to have. You don't get beat to death by turbulence anywhere near as bad with one on. It's not as much protection as you get on something like a Goldwing but definitely better than nothing.

I never ride two up so I took the pillion seat off and I've put bags and a rear rack on it. V&H exhaust, all kinds of little goodies that you can see in my signature.

Even with all that it's not a great bike for really long rides. The factory seat is no treat and the bike is geared low enough that it's pretty buzzy at 70+ MPH. It'll run 70 all day, it's just that it will tell you about it the whole time. :)

The seat is "fixable" without spending a fortune. I wasn't willing to pay $400 for a Mustang seat so I bought a $70 5/8" thick bare gel pad on ebay and put it under the stock upholstery, over the factory foam. That was about as much gel as could be shoe-horned in there and still get the stock seat cover back on. That is probably the single best upgrade I made to the bike. Road it 175 miles one day last week with no real discomfort.

Another good upgrade is pedals to floorboards - I find being able to move my feet around a little helps a great deal with the comfort.
2011 V-Star 650 Custom (new in fall 2013)
V&H Cruzer Pipes, Memphis Shades Bat Wing, Floorboards, Highway Bars,
Locking Bags, Tail Rack, LED Signals & Aux Brake Lights, Headlight Modulator,
Brake Light Modulator, 5/8" Gel Pad Under Upholstery.
06-09-2015, 09:25 PM,
RE: New Rider
Welcome to the forum from here in
Northwest Illinois. Happy to have you join us and look forward to
reading your posts and seeing pics of your bike. We have a lot of
knowledgeable and helpful people here to help with your mods and to
answer all your questions. Post often and ride safe.
Shy Bert
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