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09-04-2012, 02:50 PM
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Yamah V-Star 650 review
Hey all! I've been here awhile but haven't really posted so I figured I'd start. I have a 1998 Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic and I wanted to give a bit of my review on it since I've been riding it awhile. It's 650 cc which is kinda big in my opinion for a beginner bike but it handles really well. When I was first looking I was thinking about getting a V Star 250 but for the amount of money that people where asking for it i figured I might as well just get the v star 650. It's only a couple hundred more in insurance too and it'll last longer. I bought it with a little over 12000 kilometers on it and one of the annoying features I find on this bike is to change the oil which means you have to drop the exhaust pipe to get to it. Also, the front brakes tend to squeak a little and I've been told thats a common issue with cruisers anyway. Oh and there is no tachometer, strangly. With all that said you can get one aftermarket as well as change where the oil filter is located for a few hundred bucks.

I'd strongly suggest getting a v star 650 for a beginner bike instead of a 250 if anyone is thinking about getting a beginner. Oh and get a drive shaft instead of a chain or cable driven. Easier to take care of!

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09-04-2012, 03:48 PM
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RE: Yamah V-Star 650 review
Thanks for sharing. Have you considered, for easier oil changes, an oil filter relocation kit? That might make the maintenance easier for you to do. Just a suggestion.
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09-04-2012, 04:00 PM
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RE: Yamah V-Star 650 review
hi london....yes i have but just never got around to it. do you know a good resource or video that would walk be thru the process?

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09-05-2012, 01:03 PM
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RE: Yamah V-Star 650 review
You'd have to buy an oil relocaton kit. I imagine it wouldn't be that hard, but to be on the safe side you could have a mechanic install it because anything to do with oil is pretty important. I've got a friend who is considering getting a yamaha v star 650 and I think I'll have her check out this thread.
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09-06-2012, 04:49 PM
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RE: Yamah V-Star 650 review
I don't have to remove any pipes on my 08 custom.but i think on the 1100 you do.i do hate the oil check sight glass.i use a mirror with pull out stick to check it while sitting on it.

live life full throttle....2008 vstar custom.
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09-09-2012, 06:49 PM
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RE: Yamah V-Star 650 review
Good review. Thanks for your time and sharing into this. I think Ima going to print this out and give to a friend who is on the fence on a 250 vs. a 650. I keep saying 650 for him!
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09-09-2012, 10:25 PM
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RE: Yamah V-Star 650 review
nice review capitol, I think you are right about the 650 over the 250, most newbie's would tire of the 250 lack of power quickly. the 250 does have a place though especially for the ladies or smaller riders. about the tacho, you must remember the style of bike you are riding it is a retro style, so it is not unusual to only have a speedo(I read someone else's post complaining not fuel gauge same deal there). You will learn to know what your bike is doing even without the advantages of the extra instruments, I hardly ever look at my speedo any more and when I do am am usually right within a couple of km/h .
P.S. retro style is way cooler than a sports bike with tacho, gear indicator, fuel gauge, temperature engine and ambient, fuel range, fuel usage, tyre pressure monitor..... all the crap can sometimes get in the way of just having a great ride.

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09-09-2012, 10:32 PM (This post was last modified: 09-09-2012 10:33 PM by Bankshot.)
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RE: Yamah V-Star 650 review
Good point on all those things can sometimes distract us from the "Zen" we experience when riding--at least I can get distracted by it and miss so many things that makes riding special.

Forgot to mention that I have a 250 and haven't been riding long. I'm with jmck, I already want more power, so first thing in 2013 I plan on getting a 650 or larger, but just trying to become a really good rider first.
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