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08-11-2013, 04:49 PM,
#16
RE: "Warning Signs" specific to used V* 250?
Go with whatever you feel comfortable with.

That being said, a 250...unless you are just tooling around town going under 40mph or 50mph, will get tiring...just in my opinion...due to the vibration...and I'd hate to be on that small of a bike and feel the wind push from opposing vehicles in the other lane.

Just my .02. I think if you drop it, getting it up won't be that big of a deal. As long as you are not hurt, yeah, it is embarrassing...and this is coming from someone (knock on wood, 4 leaf clovers, etc.) who has never dropped a bike or had a wreck. Closest I came was when i forgot to put the kick stand down and almost got off. And then one time walking out of a UPS store with my helmet on and full gear (I just went in to check the box) I forgot there was a small curb and fell forward and almost bit the dust.

And yes, I did the...look around to see if I looked like an idiot glance. But whatever. :)
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08-11-2013, 05:25 PM,
#17
RE: "Warning Signs" specific to used V* 250?
(08-11-2013, 02:28 AM)SnaykByte Wrote: ".......if anything ever happened where I did drop it I wouldn't be able to get it back on the rubber without the help of three men and a boy or an engine hoist..."

Right @OldPhart, or just one woman, solo. Tongue
@Oldphart & @Snaykbyte My daughter told me that 80% of the people that ride motorcycles cannot put them back in the vertical position if they lay them down. Dunno where she got that stat but, it is rather interesting. How many people can dead lift 300, 500 or 600 pounds? The 650 will go over to where it will sit on the tires and the kickstand bracket or peg bracket. I know that because, I unintentionally did it in a parking lot. The 950 will do the same. Yep, I laid mine over in the garage and it sits on the tires and the floor pan brackets. It does not go completely over. Either bike sitting at that angle is much easier to right than if, they were lying all the way down. Of course these tests were done at a complete stop. Shy
Never tell someone more than they are willing to hear.
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08-11-2013, 05:28 PM,
#18
RE: "Warning Signs" specific to used V* 250?
I recently got a 250 for most of the same reasons you stated. I am an older guy with serious health problems. I am also a short guy so seat height was critical for me. I tried out a lot of bikes before settling on a V*250. I love this bike. A lot cut it down due to engine size but running around town I have to be careful as it does exceed the speed limit in most areas here. I have found it to be a great ride and very maneuverable so far. I have been riding since the early 60's with a riding void of over 30 years until a few years ago. I found a new last year leftover at my local dealer to get a decent deal. My local bike shop (non-dealer) advises to watch the chain on the 250's as the stock chain is bottom line. Upgrade to a better chain as soon as you can.

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08-11-2013, 07:40 PM,
#19
RE: "Warning Signs" specific to used V* 250?
@commonground, I've done it by myself. They also teach that in MSF.

Watch these....

Here is a woman doing it all by herself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZ6_2VqSHBw

Here's another one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfsUZDA8CoI

For bikes with a lot of "width": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO-fW6ZeXuk
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08-11-2013, 08:51 PM, (This post was last modified: 08-11-2013, 08:52 PM by OldePhart.)
#20
RE: "Warning Signs" specific to used V* 250?
I realize a lot of it depends on CG and how much leverage you can get on it, too. It's not like you have to dead lift the whole weight of the bike, even if you're not walking it up. I know that comparing the way the CTX700 and the V* 650 felt I think I'd be able to get the CTX up with no sweat, the 650 I might have to back up as the videos demonstrate and I think the bikes weigh pretty close to the same. I haven't found an official spec on the weight of the CTX yet but a couple of review videos call it a "500 pound bike" which puts it in the same general category as the 650.

The bikes weigh about the same, but the CTX has such a ridiculously low center of gravity it feels like you could pretty easily clamber off the bike without thinking to put the stand down... (as someone else described doing) LOL

If only the CTX had that nice V-Twin lope...although I did read a review that said the firing of the CTX inline twin is not 180 degrees - apparently they've got them firing at 150 or something like that in an intentional effort to give the exhaust a little character. That seems bizarre to me but it is obvious from the bike's stance that they are trying to appeal to both the cruiser and sport-bike markets.

John
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08-11-2013, 08:54 PM,
#21
RE: "Warning Signs" specific to used V* 250?
I set on a CTX and it is one nice bike
(08-11-2013, 08:51 PM)OldePhart Wrote: I realize a lot of it depends on CG and how much leverage you can get on it, too. It's not like you have to dead lift the whole weight of the bike, even if you're not walking it up. I know that comparing the way the CTX700 and the V* 650 felt I think I'd be able to get the CTX up with no sweat, the 650 I might have to back up as the videos demonstrate and I think the bikes weigh pretty close to the same. I haven't found an official spec on the weight of the CTX yet but a couple of review videos call it a "500 pound bike" which puts it in the same general category as the 650.

The bikes weigh about the same, but the CTX has such a ridiculously low center of gravity it feels like you could pretty easily clamber off the bike without thinking to put the stand down... (as someone else described doing) LOL

If only the CTX had that nice V-Twin lope...although I did read a review that said the firing of the CTX inline twin is not 180 degrees - apparently they've got them firing at 150 or something like that in an intentional effort to give the exhaust a little character. That seems bizarre to me but it is obvious from the bike's stance that they are trying to appeal to both the cruiser and sport-bike markets.

John
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08-26-2013, 05:55 PM,
#22
RE: "Warning Signs" specific to used V* 250?
If you drop or lay down your bike, picking it up or righting it might be the last thing to worry about.
And they won't laugh until they know you are all right.
Then you can laugh with them.
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02-07-2017, 03:43 PM,
#23
RE: "Warning Signs" specific to used V* 250?
Quote:My advice, whatever you decide on, and the decision is entirely yours at the end of the day, plunge for a new one. You have warranty for one thing, which is something that doesn't come with a used machine of any calibre.

Gibbo
just bought a 2013 250 V Star w/ 484 miles on it from the W. Orlando Power Sports dealership. $2495. I found some good deals online but that was the closest to me. I have type 2 diabetes and can no longer ride even my old Harley 883 L. The weight on the 250 is ideal. Warranties are available on used V Stars and because of past experience and because of the low price on the bike I went with 2 yr additional warranty provided by the dealer. Always check with the dealership to see what they offer. Of course, person to person sales are risky. Up to you. Good luck!
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