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08-02-2014, 08:25 PM,
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650 Top Speed
Hey All, I went looking for this thread and then after looking unsuccessfully I thought I would just start a new one.

I have a vstar 250 right now and was thinking about upgrading to a 650 but I was hoping you guys could tell me what the top speed of the 650 is. On my 250 I can get it to 120km/hour but with it being so light I feel like I have to hold on for dear life and it shakes like a mutha ... so, how fast the 650 get as I want to be more comfortable on the highways and have been wavering between the 650 and 950. Thanks friends.
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08-02-2014, 11:41 PM,
#2
Re: 650 Top Speed
My 650 gets a little buzzy at 70 mph but smoothes right out and cruises nicely at 80. Still enough umph to speed up for passing.
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08-03-2014, 05:02 PM,
#3
RE: 650 Top Speed
indie is bang on. I've taken mine through several trips in the Cascade Mtns., and she carries my "big ol butt" up and over without any problems. Tough though keeping up w/ my friends HD Road King when he passes cars on a two lane. If you do a lot of long distance riding, the 950 would be a better choice (comfort wise), but I commute everyday to work and the occasional long day trip, 200-300 miles, with my last one being a 3 day 800+ road trip) and she has enough get up and go for a multi-purpose motorcycle. My "Yammer" is good on gas and I pay about $12 every two weeks.
mrmercator
2007 VStar Classic
Mountlake Terrace / Seattle, WA
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08-03-2014, 05:35 PM,
#4
RE: 650 Top Speed
I weigh about 220 and ride a 650 custom. I would say if you are going to upgrade go to at least the 950. If I ever buy another V-Twin cruiser it will have a six-speed or at least 1200cc displacement, and preferably both. You will probably actually get better mileage on the 950 because it is fuel injected; it should be lower maintenance for the same reason.

The factory claims 2MPG more for the 650 than the 950, but I'd call that very suspect especially since I've not gotten close to the mileage the factory claims for the 650. Actually, maybe it's true with a very light rider on long highway runs - but for a larger rider and a mix of city and highway I'd think the 950 would do far better.

Top speed is not what matters - what matters is how hard the engine is working and how high it is revving when you are cruising with traffic. The 650 supposedly red lines at 94 MPH. I've never even tried to go that fast, but I know it will accelerate from 70 to 85 pretty darned quick as I've discovered when passing trucks on two lane highways. It kind of surprised me the first time I looked down and realized I was doing 85.

However, the 650 is not really comfortable to ride for anything but fairly short trips at anything above about 65 MPH (about 100 KPH). I made one 500-mile two-day trip and was pretty well beat at the end of it, and that was with a bat wing fairing. The 950 should also have a better ride because it has longer wheel base.

Hopefully @commonground will chime in here - he is currently riding a 950 after trading up from a 250 to 650, so he's ridden all three fairly extensively.


John
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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.
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08-03-2014, 08:30 PM,
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RE: 650 Top Speed
(08-03-2014, 05:35 PM)OldePhart Wrote: However, the 650 is not really comfortable to ride for anything but fairly short trips at anything above about 65 MPH (about 100 KPH). I made one 500-mile two-day trip and was pretty well beat at the end of it, and that was with a bat wing fairing. The 950 should also have a better ride because it has longer wheel base.

Hopefully @commonground will chime in here - he is currently riding a 950 after trading up from a 250 to 650, so he's ridden all three fairly extensively.
Thanks John, @Boomer If you can manage to go to the 950, it is a better bike for cruising. You can go to my previous post, http://www.vstarforum.com/From-a-V-Star-...5#pid12855 to see the differences I found between the 650 and the 950.Good luck in your decision. Augie
Never tell someone more than they are willing to hear.
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08-03-2014, 09:38 PM,
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RE: 650 Top Speed
The 650 will do highway speeds, but it's not what I'd call a comfortable highway ride. I've been on semi-long trips with it and I don't feel beat up, but it feel like I'm pushing the bike. Part of the problem is me, but the 650 really could have taken another gear. This, in my opinion, is one of the major engineering feats of this wonderful bike. Yes, the cost would go up a bit, but the rider is going to appreciate that other gear. I'd easily pay another grand for it.

Coming from a 250 though it should be fine. As always, if you can swing the 950 it's likely worth it. I haven't had the opportunity to ride one.
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08-03-2014, 11:03 PM,
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RE: 650 Top Speed
Go at least with a Road Star 1700. Silverado.
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08-04-2014, 12:13 AM,
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RE: 650 Top Speed
(08-03-2014, 09:38 PM)moze229 Wrote: ...but the 650 really could have taken another gear. This, in my opinion, is one of the major engineering feats of this wonderful bike. Yes, the cost would go up a bit, but the rider is going to appreciate that other gear. I'd easily pay another grand for it.

This, +10 and in spades. I don't know why more manufacturers aren't picking up on this. If you want a six-speed on a V-Twin cruiser you pretty much have to go with an HD, and not all of their bikes have them. Even HD's new "inexpensive" line of East-Indian made medium displacement (500 and 750cc) cruisers have six speed transmissions.

All of the Japanese cruisers are only five gears. This is the 21st century, isn't it?

I would be content with my 650 if it had six gears. Without them, it's a city bike and that's all there is to it.

John
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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.
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08-06-2014, 12:03 AM, (This post was last modified: 08-06-2014, 08:06 AM by Kimsnot.)
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650 Top Speed
Olde

no offense but I gotta stickup for the 650. a friend of mine ride her 2003 v star 650 from San Diego to Tucson back with a few hundred miles of sight seeing in between and only having 5 didn't hold her back she was right up there with everyone else in our group.

kim
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08-06-2014, 08:04 AM,
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RE: 650 Top Speed
I'll stick up for the 250, the 650, the 950 and all the other five gear bikes. @OldePhart, if they had six gears, I'd have to use both hands to count them. I got enough problems keeping track of them now. Let's keep it simple. Smile
Never tell someone more than they are willing to hear.
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08-06-2014, 08:05 AM,
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650 Top Speed
better your hands then your feet. lol
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08-06-2014, 08:44 AM,
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RE: 650 Top Speed
It's not the speed, the 650 will easily go as fast as I want to anyway...it's how it feels at cruising speed. The engine is clearly taching well above it's optimum cruising point by the time you get to 60 or 65. That doesn't mean you can't travel on it or keep up with others, it just means that it's not doing those things as well as it would with a sixth gear. With a sixth gear the bike would get better mileage, have longer engine life, and there would be less vibration and "buzz" at highway speeds.

As it is, the bike is perfect around the city, nimble and easy handling and comfortable, and I love mine...if it had a sixth gear I wouldn't be looking for a second bike for long trips, though.

@commonground - I'm sure you always wear gloves...just sew a sixth finger on one. That could be really useful, too; you could tuck a hot dog in there and have a place to carry your lunch...

John
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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.
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08-06-2014, 09:09 AM,
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RE: 650 Top Speed
Ha Ha Now here's question: can I go ahead and do the glove lunch box thing without getting a bike with 6 gears??? Huh
Never tell someone more than they are willing to hear.
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08-06-2014, 03:19 PM,
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RE: 650 Top Speed
(08-06-2014, 09:09 AM)commonground Wrote: Ha Ha Now here's question: can I go ahead and do the glove lunch box thing without getting a bike with 6 gears??? Huh

Well...that would just be weird... Biggrin
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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.
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08-10-2014, 12:39 PM,
#15
RE: 650 Top Speed
Some great information here. Thank you to everyone who chimed in. I will doing a lot of thinking on this one throughout the winter as I plan on keeping the 250 until this season ends and moving into something bigger early next spring.
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