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10-06-2016, 03:12 PM, (This post was last modified: 10-07-2016, 07:06 PM by eusjma.)
#1
Considering a 2007 V Star 1300 Tourer
Hello - just
joined the forum. I currently ride a Kawasaki Vulcan 750. But I am looking at a
2007 vstar 1300 tourer. It has 14xxx miles.

I haven't ridden it yet but am hoping to in the next day or two.

I'm trying to find out information about the bike - good and bad. I know it will be hard to find any negative comments here. :)

Anyway - I would appreciate any comments about the bike, the year, things to look at/for, any warnings , etc.

Example - I read somewhere that at highway speeds the bike can feel a bit loose or unstable. How does it do on the highway?


What about in town? My Vulcan 750 is smaller and handles pretty good - will I notice a huge difference?

I like the idea of a bigger bike for more comfort on longer rides.

Any information will be very helpful and very much appreciated.



Thanks in advance...
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10-07-2016, 07:10 PM,
#2
RE: Considering a 2007 V Star 1300 Tourer
Replying to my own post here :)

I rode the bike today for about 20 minutes. Some on city streets, some on the highway. I liked pretty good. The only two things I didn't like were:

1) the clutch lever seemed stiff or something. Working my hand out to use it. Or could be I have small hands and was having to really stretch the fingers to pull it in.

2) While on the highway I was getting a lot of updraft coming up hitting me in the bottom of the helmet. I get that on my vulcan also but this seems more noticeable. Is that normal? The salesguy said maybe a different windshield would help (previous owner put some aftermarket shield on there).

Other than those two things I felt pretty comfy on it.

Again - any input about the bike would be really appreciated.
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10-08-2016, 07:11 AM,
#3
RE: Considering a 2007 V Star 1300 Tourer
(10-07-2016, 07:10 PM)eusjma Wrote: Replying to my own post here :)

I rode the bike today for about 20 minutes. Some on city streets, some on the highway. I liked pretty good. The only two things I didn't like were:

1) the clutch lever seemed stiff or something. Working my hand out to use it. Or could be I have small hands and was having to really stretch the fingers to pull it in.

2) While on the highway I was getting a lot of updraft coming up hitting me in the bottom of the helmet. I get that on my vulcan also but this seems more noticeable. Is that normal? The salesguy said maybe a different windshield would help (previous owner put some aftermarket shield on there).

Other than those two things I felt pretty comfy on it.

Again - any input about the bike would be really appreciated.
I bought 2015 Tourer about a year ago and found the OEM windshield too big for me. I'm 5'6" and the OEM was way too tall. I installed one that was 5 inches shorter and it made a big difference. I also bought Memphis Shades fork deflectors and they reduce the updraft quite a bit. The 1300 is a great bike. Good luck on your search. Augie


.pdf   Windshield Height.pdf (Size: 3576 KB / Downloads: 3)
Never tell someone more than they are willing to hear.
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10-08-2016, 02:18 PM,
#4
RE: Considering a 2007 V Star 1300 Tourer
Thanks Augie

I actually purchased the bike this morning. I will definitely be changing the windshield soon. What Memphis Shades shield did you go with?
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10-12-2016, 09:49 PM,
#5
RE: Considering a 2007 V Star 1300 Tourer
(10-08-2016, 02:18 PM)eusjma Wrote: Thanks Augie

I actually purchased the bike this morning. I will definitely be changing the windshield soon. What Memphis Shades shield did you go with?
Congrats on your purchase. I think you'll be very happy. I'm six weeks in an 09 1300 I bought from a dealer. Has 29,000 miles on it. Love the way it rides & handles.

Just want to point out that I don't get substantial updraft at higher speeds from the OEM windshield, so yours might be an issue with the upgraded shield. Also, don't find the clutch particularly stiff, but then I have fairly big hands, so that might explain the difference. Maybe have it checked out. I know I need to check the valves & possibly alignment on mine.

Happy riding.

andy
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10-13-2016, 06:30 PM,
#6
RE: Considering a 2007 V Star 1300 Tourer
[/quote]
Congrats on your purchase. I think you'll be very happy. I'm six weeks in an 09 1300 I bought from a dealer. Has 29,000 miles on it. Love the way it rides & handles.

Just want to point out that I don't get substantial updraft at higher speeds from the OEM windshield, so yours might be an issue with the upgraded shield. Also, don't find the clutch particularly stiff, but then I have fairly big hands, so that might explain the difference. Maybe have it checked out. I know I need to check the valves & possibly alignment on mine.

Happy riding.

andy
[/quote]

Thanks Andy
Congrats on your's as well.

Thanks for the info as well. I plan on changing the windshield - maybe even putting a fairing on it.

As for the clutch - yeah - probably just need to work with it some. It's got Kury ISO grips on it. Since the grips are larger that might be an attributing factor as well.

What do you mean by "alignment"?
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10-24-2016, 04:48 PM,
#7
RE: Considering a 2007 V Star 1300 Tourer
Thanks Andy
Congrats on your's as well.

Thanks for the info as well. I plan on changing the windshield - maybe even putting a fairing on it.

As for the clutch - yeah - probably just need to work with it some. It's got Kury ISO grips on it. Since the grips are larger that might be an attributing factor as well.

What do you mean by "alignment"?


Well, not entirely certain. Couple weeks ago bike got knocked over when someone passed a double parked car directly across the street from where I was parked. Wound up with a dent in the front fender, but no obvious damage otherwise.

Now, when I ride at certain speeds I experience what feels like a mild instability. It doesn't seem dangerous, & it might be the wind or the windshield against the airflow. Fact is, I just don't know what to expect in terms of how a bike like ought to feel. My last one was a much lighter Suzuki GS 1100, & that was some 25 years ago. The tires on the V are fairly new, but I have no way of checking alignment, balance or the neck bearings. So I need to have all of that done in a shop.

On the whole it's fine, however. Stable & easy to ride, even some of the NYC traffic I've put it through:)

andy
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10-24-2016, 11:53 PM,
#8
RE: Considering a 2007 V Star 1300 Tourer
If the clutch is still an issue, check out http://www.theclevver.com/. I got one and it made a HUGE difference... worth every penny.
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