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07-13-2014, 02:16 AM, (This post was last modified: 07-13-2014, 02:18 AM by dkerwood01.)
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Dreaming About a V Star
Hello people.. new to southern Missouri and fairly new to motorcycles. Had a dirt bike when I was a kid and spent a few hours on various makes and models through the years.

I saw a 1300 V Star in the local shop and decided that I wanted one. After endless YouTube videos, I confirmed my decision.

I originally wanted the Bolt, but at 6'4" and 300... that might not be the best idea.

I do not want a 1300 though. I am looking at various 1100's. I started looking at the 950, but the difference between the 950 and 1100 is about 20 horsepower, I think... but between the 1100 and 1300 it is only around 6? But the 1300 is slowest in it's class. Not that I am looking for speed, but I assume it is because of the weight.

Nice to be here and I am sure I will be using this site for many things.
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07-13-2014, 03:02 AM,
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RE: Dreaming About a V Star
Welcome to the forum! Now i cant say anything about the 950 or the 1300 but i do have the 1100 and its a great bike!

The biggest 2 reasons i like the 1100 over the 950 and 1300 though is that that 1100 is carbed and is shaft driven
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07-13-2014, 03:46 AM,
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RE: Dreaming About a V Star
(07-13-2014, 03:02 AM)Mr RCOM Wrote: The biggest 2 reasons i like the 1100 over the 950 and 1300 though is that that 1100 is carbed and is shaft driven

What model years were carbed and fuel injected? I thought they all went FI.

Why do you like shaft driven? I read something about more of a drivetrain loss that way.
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07-13-2014, 10:07 AM,
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RE: Dreaming About a V Star
Well personally I have the 1100 Classic and I like the shaft drive because no worries about belt or chain stretching and having to adjust for it and replacement. Mine is a 02 model, carbed and being in the South I ride almost year round so no worries with fuel issues being carbed. Not sure if the 1100 ever was FI, know the 950 is though. You can find many fine low mile 1100's for a pretty decent price.
2006 VStar Stratoliner, Freedom Performance split dual exhaust, Mustang seats, Sissy bar with back rack, bolted saddlebags to mounts.
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07-13-2014, 12:18 PM, (This post was last modified: 07-13-2014, 06:37 PM by commonground.)
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RE: Dreaming About a V Star
I ride a 950 and it is well suited for me. I am 5'6" and weigh about 180 pounds, guts feathers and all.

From your physical description, I would think seriously about the 1300. It is fuel injected if that is what you want. None of the V-Star 250s, 650s, 1100s are injected. The 950s, Bolts, and 1300s are injected.

Of course there are bigger bikes in the Yamaha line-up also.

Welcome to the forum.
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07-13-2014, 01:15 PM,
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RE: Dreaming About a V Star
The 1100 never went FI. 2009 was the last year for the 1100. Ever since the virago days its pretty much been the same bike.... from what ive read...

Losses with the shaft drive. You know ive never looked into it or even heard about it. Im a bigger guy myself. Almost your same size but shorter. Ala 6' 0". Even if there was/is a loss the bike back when everything was still stock could scoot my butt around town with ease. Even two up was fine. And my gal isnt rail skinny

Since its carbed. A few dollars for new jets and a fancy airfilter will really unlock the bikes potential.
LoLrcycle rider Cool
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07-13-2014, 11:11 PM,
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RE: Dreaming About a V Star
(07-13-2014, 01:15 PM)Mr RCOM Wrote: The 1100 never went FI. 2009 was the last year for the 1100. Ever since the virago days its pretty much been the same bike.... from what ive read...

Losses with the shaft drive. You know ive never looked into it or even heard about it. Im a bigger guy myself. Almost your same size but shorter. Ala 6' 0". Even if there was/is a loss the bike back when everything was still stock could scoot my butt around town with ease. Even two up was fine. And my gal isnt rail skinny

Since its carbed. A few dollars for new jets and a fancy airfilter will really unlock the bikes potential.

Thank you ... I think you talked me into the 1100. I saw an 07 1100 Silverado in the area for $3500 with 2600 miles. I might bite.
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07-15-2014, 06:41 PM,
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RE: Dreaming About a V Star
seems like a really good deal bud!
2006 VStar Stratoliner, Freedom Performance split dual exhaust, Mustang seats, Sissy bar with back rack, bolted saddlebags to mounts.
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07-16-2014, 11:09 AM,
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RE: Dreaming About a V Star
(07-13-2014, 02:16 AM)dkerwood01 Wrote: Hello people.. new to southern Missouri and fairly new to motorcycles. Had a dirt bike when I was a kid and spent a few hours on various makes and models through the years.

I saw a 1300 V Star in the local shop and decided that I wanted one. After endless YouTube videos, I confirmed my decision.

I originally wanted the Bolt, but at 6'4" and 300... that might not be the best idea.

I do not want a 1300 though. I am looking at various 1100's. I started looking at the 950, but the difference between the 950 and 1100 is about 20 horsepower, I think... but between the 1100 and 1300 it is only around 6? But the 1300 is slowest in it's class. Not that I am looking for speed, but I assume it is because of the weight.

Nice to be here and I am sure I will be using this site for many things.
A lot should depend on what kind of riding your going to do.
The 1300 is set up for high way riding where the 1100 is more of a round town slower speeds bike.
But if the price is right any bike will get you on the road. Biggrin
[Image: 3-spike-2_zps52a82b02.jpg] My V-STAR 1300 is my 22 Motor Cycle
Been riding over 50 years
The motor on the 1300 is twice as big as any bike I've owned before.
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