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02-16-2015, 01:51 PM, (This post was last modified: 02-16-2015, 01:54 PM by xXxDanixXx.)
#1
Emoticon_smile  New to Vstar, need advice :3
Hello everyone :)
My names Danielle I just joined this forum today. Im looking into buying a 2002 Vstar 650 Custom. I'm wondering and wanting to hear from anyone who has it, pros cons of it being a first bike. Anything and everything you have to share about the bike.
the bike in question has 19000 miles on it, looks very well kept and is asking 1,900$ for it. Also any female riders who have or have ridden id love to hear from you as well thank you :3
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02-16-2015, 03:39 PM,
#2
RE: New to Vstar, need advice :3
Welcome to the forum from here in
Northwest Illinois. Great to have you join us and look forward to
reading your posts and seeing pics of your bike. We have many very
knowledgeable and helpful people here to answer your questions and
guide you along the way to making your bike your own. Post often and
ride safe. I'm a 5' 8" male and the 650 was a great first bike for me. It sat me flat footed on the bike and was very easy to maneuver and control. My advice is go for it.
Shy Bert
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02-16-2015, 03:40 PM,
#3
New to Vstar, need advice :3
Danielle Welcome. where about are you?

The 650 is a great 1st bike. my 15 year old daughter bought a 2005 vstar 650 that we knew the last 3 owners of. all used this as their 1st bike. you'll see most the guys on here stuck with the 650 it seems to last forever with proper care.
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02-16-2015, 03:54 PM, (This post was last modified: 02-16-2015, 04:00 PM by xXxDanixXx.)
#4
RE: New to Vstar, need advice :3
Im from upstate new york sooo I'll get maybe 5 -6 good months of riding out of it, if im lucky. haha. The only issue on the bike that i SEE is cosmetic its a tiny tear in the seat. its an 02 with less then 20,000 miles on it for less then 2k i figured thats a good way to start. anything smaller cc wise would be a dirt bike lol. Give me a few moments and ill see if i can save and upload the pictures they provided on craigslist.

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02-16-2015, 04:11 PM,
#5
RE: New to Vstar, need advice :3
oh boy, did you get the chrome helmet too? I agree that the 650 is a good starter bike, but depending on your riding plans, could be a long term one too! if like it a lot and not planning any road trips fix her up and keep her past the learning stages.
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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02-16-2015, 04:23 PM, (This post was last modified: 02-16-2015, 04:34 PM by xXxDanixXx.)
#6
RE: New to Vstar, need advice :3
Shes not mine just yet. Those were the pictures provided by the seller on craigslist. Buuut I think shes the one and i just gotta find a way to transport her. The seller and bike are 2 hours away. Also comes with the leather saddle bags.
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02-16-2015, 04:42 PM,
#7
RE: New to Vstar, need advice :3
many ways of doing the transport, if cannot find someone with a truck or with a bike trailer, there are rentals, believe uhaul usually has a bike trailer for rent, then could rent the smallest truck with ramp to do it also as well as check craigslist services for bike repair shops some have the means to bring a bike to their shop so they may be inclined to be a delivery service for you in this off season.

remember you need to fill up the tank, add stabil to the fuel so it does not sour and mess up the filter, lines and carb then also get a little battery tender to keep plugged in and on the battery so she stays charged up during this long non riding time.
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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02-16-2015, 04:47 PM,
#8
RE: New to Vstar, need advice :3
Haha Uhaul is a good idea apart from the fact the closest uhaul dealer is about 45 mins away, in the opposite direction. My (ex?)uncle builds custom choppers and what not in this area, I'm hoping hell be inclined to help a new rider get some wheels lol.
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02-16-2015, 04:56 PM,
#9
RE: New to Vstar, need advice :3
hah yeah the ex part sometimes makes it a bit difficult for favors but worth a shot for sure!
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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02-16-2015, 05:08 PM,
#10
RE: New to Vstar, need advice :3
haha hes a good guy ive been messaging him the whole time while ive been looking for a bike. My dads not to fond of the idea of me getting one but thats not going to stop me haha. My dads a mechanic but he only deals with cars motorcycles are his thing so ive been messaging my (i still call him) uncle. Shot him a link and message today with a lil hint i could use some transport ;)
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02-16-2015, 08:07 PM,
#11
New to Vstar, need advice :3
@xXxDanixXx you have to get it just because it's purple. lol
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02-16-2015, 08:29 PM,
#12
RE: New to Vstar, need advice :3
(02-16-2015, 08:07 PM)Kimsnot Wrote: @xXxDanixXx you have to get it just because it's purple. lol
lol i know ! it was meant to be ! Purple is my favorite color. and I just missed out on a black 01 vstar with almost 20k more miles on it lol.
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02-16-2015, 10:28 PM,
#13
RE: New to Vstar, need advice :3
Hi Danielle - welcome to our little corner asylum :)

The 650 is a great beginner's bike. I'd been off bikes for thirty-odd years (some of them really odd) 'til I bought mine about 18 months ago. It's also a good bike over the long run if you're not looking to do much highway riding. It's geared so low it really needs a sixth gear if you're going to make long trips or commute on fast freeways a lot (of course, most freeways aren't all that fast during commuting hours).

The 650 red lines in the low nineties and is like small economy cars in that getting the last few MPH out of it takes a while. It will cruise 70 easily but it will let you know about it the whole time. (Even after all this time I find myself trying to shift to the non-existent sixth gear every time I hit about 55 MPH.)

It's a superb city bike, though; light and nimble enough for maneuvering in traffic and very comfortable to sit flat-footed for hours at red lights.

It's hard to tell from those pictures but the tires do look pretty badly worn. If so, you'll want to budget for new tires pretty early on - tires are critical on a motorcycle. On a car if you have a flat or poor traction it's not such a big deal...have a flat or poor traction on a bike and you're tasting asphalt!

If possible get your ex-uncle to look the bike over before cash exchanges hands...
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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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02-17-2015, 11:39 AM,
#14
RE: New to Vstar, need advice :3
@oldephart he said hes only had it one summer, the rear tires new and he put it under cover for winter.
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02-17-2015, 08:30 PM,
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RE: New to Vstar, need advice :3
It was the front tire that looked pretty thin to me. There should be about as much tread on the front tire as on the nearly new back tire. It may just be that the treads are full of mud in that picture, but I wouldn't be surprised if that front tire has been on the bike for quite a long time. Not a huge deal - it doesn't cost all that much to have the front tire replaced if it does need to be.
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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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