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10-01-2015, 10:33 AM,
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Getting a new Bike Need Opinions
Hi All
I am just returning to motorcycles after a very extended time (30 yrs). I am planning on getting a new bike next spring or whenever the snow leaves here in New England. My last bike was a old Yamaha 750 and I had a Bonny before that. My interest is mostly in solo touring. All pavement. Most of my trips will be weekend with a few week long ones hear and there. I will also use the bike for commuting during the summer. I have been doing a lot of research I have looked at Gold wings and found them really expensive and huge, just not my style either. The Electra Glide is on the list as is the Victory Cross Country. Both bikes are very nice but the size and cost are pretty large. Someone suggested i look at the V Stars. I am interested in ease of ride and comfort for medium long days. Also reliability and maintenance. How is the dealer support (I know always a sour subject ;-))Consumer reports gave the Yamaha's the highest owner satisfaction. I assume it would be pretty easy to through a rack on the back for a piece of kit to make it a long trip tourer. Not trying to start any flame wars just an excited guy about to retire and looking for value and fun.

Thanks for everyone's time
Lonnie
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10-01-2015, 10:50 AM,
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RE: Getting a new Bike Need Opinions
I ride pretty much as you describe and I think the 1300 is a good fit. Plenty of power, good mileage, handles well. The only knock is the stock handlebars which is an easy fix.
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10-01-2015, 02:45 PM,
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Getting a new Bike Need Opinions
(10-01-2015, 10:50 AM)Elk Wrote: I ride pretty much as you describe and I think the 1300 is a good fit. Plenty of power, good mileage, handles well. The only knock is the stock handlebars which is an easy fix.

I'll 2nd that and add that for those long trips, upgrade the seat. The Mustang seat seems the favorite, but I haven't bothered yet.

My profile is the same, but 20 years. I went with the 950. I wanted better gas mileage that the 1300 offers. I'm happy, but I'll be getting different bars and a better seat. Also, this bike has the most useless stock helmet holder ever. Mine has an aftermarket on it to use instead.


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10-01-2015, 07:23 PM,
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RE: Getting a new Bike Need Opinions
yep for longer trips and more comfort for newer model go the 1300 if on a bit of a budget or if want more power go up to a road star cost is not that much more.
2006 VStar Stratoliner, Freedom Performance split dual exhaust, Mustang seats, Sissy bar with back rack, bolted saddlebags to mounts.
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10-02-2015, 12:02 AM,
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Getting a new Bike Need Opinions
I rock an 1100 v star and love it. I've riden a ton of other bikes since I've bought it and nothing makes me want to rush off it for something else. Plenty of power and good gas mileage ( I get between 40-45). They can be had for cheap and pretty much remained unchanged through their life span (99-2009?) so their reliability is very much proven.
As mentioned the road star is a good option. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the stratoliner too. I kinda love that strats. 1900 engine (bigger than any Harley) and comes with good looking kit for solo touring. I've seen these bikes go the distance too and very classy. With Yamahas, don't be afraid of used. These things are bullet proof and you can get a huge value for the money.


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10-02-2015, 09:29 AM,
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RE: Getting a new Bike Need Opinions
do love my 1100 for sure and the driveshaft so no worries about stretching, etc. at speed just wished she had another gear, know she can maintain those rpm's for long time but still sounds like should be shifting.
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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10-02-2015, 10:15 AM,
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RE: Getting a new Bike Need Opinions
(10-02-2015, 09:29 AM)Keith Wrote: do love my 1100 for sure and the driveshaft so no worries about stretching, etc. at speed just wished she had another gear, know she can maintain those rpm's for long time but still sounds like should be shifting.
there was a few years that the 1100 had a problem with the nut that holds the universal joint on the middle drive loosening and the shaft breaking but i forget which years, yamaha was fixing broken ones for free. some shops were removing the nut and using loctight before the problem occured.
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