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05-03-2013, 09:36 PM,
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Considering buying 1100 or 1300
I read a post from a guy in a similar position to me. Looking to buy an 1100 or 1300. He asked for a comparison on the 1300 model site and got a lot of pros for the 1300. I thought I'd ask the same question on the 1100 model site. I'm riding a Suzuki 650 "Thumper" right now. Moved from NY to FL where I can ride any time of the year. I like to cruise around 150 to 500 miles a day. The Thumper vibrates my butt into numbness after a few hours at hwy speed. Not an LD rider, just like to ride and explore. Is there a real difference between the bikes for riding these distances?
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05-03-2013, 10:38 PM,
#2
RE: Considering buying 1100 or 1300
I keep on typing something then erasing....

Like i cant talk about the 1300, i dont have and never ridden one, although id bet money its comfortable as hell and a great tourer. Probly a better long distance tourer than the 1100.

Although. I know the 1100 is good for both. My 1100 is set up bobber style and i do 200+ mile club rides and its comfortable for me. Also the 1100 has a ton of info about maintenance and just about everything about it....you can google v star 1100 kb its the 1100 bible

I think bottom line is theres not really any points that put one bike ahead of the other. Theyre both good bikes.
LoLrcycle rider Cool
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05-04-2013, 12:30 AM,
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Re: Considering buying 1100 or 1300
I have not ridden the 13 either but find the 11 a great tourer and commuter. I have often wondered about changing to the 13, but I have never found the 11 lacking in any respect. I think there is something to be said for the simplicity of the air cooled set up, not that I have ever heard any issues with the 13, but I have put over 100,000 km on my 11 and apart from 2 valve cover seals have never had to repair a thing just service.

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Jmck
Two wheels moves me body and soul Cool
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05-04-2013, 11:44 AM,
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RE: Considering buying 1100 or 1300
(05-04-2013, 12:30 AM)jmck Wrote: I have not ridden the 13 either but find the 11 a great tourer and commuter. I have often wondered about changing to the 13, but I have never found the 11 lacking in any respect. I think there is something to be said for the simplicity of the air cooled set up, not that I have ever heard any issues with the 13, but I have put over 100,000 km on my 11 and apart from 2 valve cover seals have never had to repair a thing just service.

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Thanks guys. I like simple. That's one reason I'm riding the 650. The ability to work on it myself, not a lot of stuff hanging off of it and make modifications by using the advice and resources from the online community.
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05-05-2013, 05:00 PM,
#5
RE: Considering buying 1100 or 1300
yeah modding is great, carb work is easier than messing around with fuel maps on the 1300. and +1 for the air cooled

liquid cooling is just another thing to fail at some really bad time lol
LoLrcycle rider Cool
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07-11-2013, 09:56 PM,
#6
RE: Considering buying 1100 or 1300
HI! ALL
First post here but need to start getting involved. I really feel confer-table here.
I bought a used 1300 3 months ago, now have near 5000 miles and must say I love my bike.
I was looking at the kaw 900 custom and was on my way to look and buy one of three used in my neck of the woods. North Alabama
but on my list of bikes was a vstar 1300 and for 100 to 300 less I could get it with cobra pipe and $2500 of extras soo!!!
Here I am with a bike over twice as big as any bike I've had before and this is my 22 motor cycle.
All my other bikes were dirt or crouch rockets.
I'm 64 years old or young but don't ask my body it will say OOOOLD!!!
So at this time of my life I need a bike I can,
1 Easily lift my leg to get over the seat
2 no spooks not cleaning no wheels
3 need to sit up right [made me a back rest and man it's the ticket!!!]
4 no chains to oil or clean
5 I like to ride and hardly go out for less than 100 miles
6 I'm having fun modding the bike not buy but make parts for it. drivers back rest,lowers,luggage rack, and folding back the license plate bracket
So to get back on the subject that's why I got my 1300.
[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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07-13-2013, 02:52 AM,
#7
RE: Considering buying 1100 or 1300
I have a 1300 Tourer.

The only other bike I can compare it to is a Suzuki C50 Boulevard, my first bike. For me, the biggest difference was the complete balance and a ride that felt like spreading a great dollop of soft butter across hot toast. SMOOTH.

I would go for the 1300 rather than the 1100. Put a little more muscle between your legs.
There is great need for a sarcasm font.
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07-13-2013, 10:14 PM,
#8
RE: Considering buying 1100 or 1300
I went from a KLR 650 thumper to the 1100 3 years ago. I have 18,000 miles on the bike so far. Longest single day was 800 miles. Butt was sore but otherwise I have been very happy with the bike. Handles very well. I agree with the simple aspect. I replaced the stock seats with Mustang mainly for a better passenger seat for my wife. The only complaint about the Mustang seat is it moved me forward a little. I have never ridden the 1300 so can't comment on that. I suggest trying both and enjoy the choice you make.
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08-20-2013, 12:17 PM,
#9
Re: Considering buying 1100 or 1300
if i went back and did more research i would have just bought a 1600 roadstar. more after market parts are available for them. and you can get a good used one for same price as an 1100 vstar

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08-20-2013, 02:47 PM,
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RE: Considering buying 1100 or 1300
u can get a road star for the price of a 1100? not round here for sure, now i have seen them for the price of a 1300 often, so as mentioned if was going to pay more for the 1300 go for the road star, more umph and lots more stuff for it. u can get a 1100 fairly inexpensive and with the right seat, etc she can be a good travelin bike and save u money to do the upgrades as she is less cost.
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

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08-20-2013, 10:27 PM,
#11
Re: Considering buying 1100 or 1300
well i found several roadstars....early 2000 models, for 3 to 4 grand.....craigslist and cycle trader

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08-20-2013, 11:46 PM,
#12
RE: Considering buying 1100 or 1300
As with everything...ride the bikes. You got to ride them to know what you like. I can't say cause I don't either of these, but it is the best advice.
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08-21-2013, 10:34 AM,
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RE: Considering buying 1100 or 1300
last road star i found that was under 5k had 60,000 miles on her, but thats in my area, i find one with under 30,000 on it for 3-4k, gonna have a serious talk with the boss as with all the customization on mine, thats about what i can get for her and has to be in my area, shipped 1 bike and had some surprises, i want to ride it and check it out.
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

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