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03-27-2016, 09:47 PM,
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About To Buy a 2015 950 Tourer - a couple concerns
Hi, New member here. I've worked out a deal with a Yamaha dealer to trade in my 2006 Honda Shadow Aero and buy a new 2015 950 Tourer, subject to a test ride a few days from now. I love my Aero but I'd like a slightly bigger bike with more torque and a higher range for 5th gear. On my 750 I really want a 6th gear by the time I'm approaching 65 mph. From reviews, YouTube info. and from a couple members on this forum, it seems the 950 runs smooth and the engine not too "buzzy" at 70 mph.
I'm a week end rider for the most part, and I live behind the "Redwood Curtain" in Eureka, CA on the coast - 150 miles from any city over of 30,000 and most of my riding is on country roads and in the mountains. But I'm on the 101 freeway at 65 - 70 for the first 12-20 miles to get to a road that goes inland more than a few miles and I'd like those freeway miles to be a little more relaxed.
The 950 Tourer sounds like the best fit and it's the best price. Other than a higher range for 5th gear my only concerns about this v star are the floorboard scraping and the height of the windshield. I'm not that aggressive a rider so I think the scraping issue will be minimal. If anyone has a Tourer I'd like to hear comments on the windshield. I'm 5'10 and I'm hoping the windshield is low enough to look over - rather than through, and that's it's high enough to deflect the wind from my face since I wear an open face helmet. The wind screen on my Aero is just right, the top of the screen is a couple inches below my line of vision and the wind doesn't hit my face.
Any experience you 950 owners could share would be appreciated. If I pull the trigger on the purchase I'll post my observations here. Thanks!
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03-28-2016, 12:36 PM,
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About To Buy a 2015 950 Tourer - a couple concerns
I only feel buzzing on the floorboards at high speeds. Heck most of the time I am doing 65 to 70 mph and don't realize it. I say take the test ride, I'm sure you will like it.


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03-28-2016, 02:57 PM, (This post was last modified: 03-28-2016, 02:57 PM by Marty8613.)
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About To Buy a 2015 950 Tourer - a couple concerns
I have the stock shield and it's too low to help with wind for my 5'11". I had to buy the visor for my half helmet. I do wear glasses though, or I wouldn't have bothered.


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03-28-2016, 03:14 PM,
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RE: About To Buy a 2015 950 Tourer - a couple concerns
I've had my 2014 950 Tourer for about a year and love it. I'm not a real aggressive rider, the only time I've scraped the floorboards was when I was trying to so I could see what it took to scrape them.
I tilted my windshield back so it is in line with the forks, much cleaner look and the wind flows better over it. When I did that it dropped the top about 5 inches, so I ordered a taller windshield for about $120. I added the lower wind deflector fighting the wind buffeting, they were a great addition.
Over all a great bike.
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03-28-2016, 11:26 PM,
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RE: About To Buy a 2015 950 Tourer - a couple concerns
(03-28-2016, 12:36 PM)swish24 Wrote: I only feel buzzing on the floorboards at high speeds. Heck most of the time I am doing 65 to 70 mph and don't realize it. I say take the test ride, I'm sure you will like it.


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Same here about the floor boards, and smooth otherwise. I've noticed if you are wearing the right shoes/boots it feels more or less vibey.

Can't comment on stock screen, though I wish my dealer included one instead of the Memphis Slim 17" they 'threw in' on my purchase. I think wind deflection on any bike, with different bikes/riders, is a big issue. What works for some doesn't work for others. Luckily wind protection can be changed fairly easily. (I'm adding fork deflectors.)

And yep, 65-70 mph comes up on you quick! (That 65-70 is on the highway, within speed limits, right Swish?) Wink

I'm still new to this bike, but I will say that the gearing and engine are super fun, eager to rev, and very smooth. Just my opinion!

Good luck on your purchase! See if your dealer will throw in the OEM lowers for your shield. Get something out of them!
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