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Considering an 1100

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  1. Zoom181
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    I'm considering the 1100 Classic or Silverado and wanted to know from the 1100 crowd if you love your bike or regret choosing an 1100. I have a 650 Classic and I am ready for more power. I want to travel some this summer and I know I can on the 650 but I prefer a little more umph on the interstate for some peace of mind. I'm was thinking of rejetting the 650 or getting the bigger bike.

    I like the idea of tubeless tires and more power, I don't like the idea of having to take the pipes off to change the oil, I know I could get the kit to move it but that is expensive.

    I plan to go try out an 1100 this weekend if the weather permits.

  2. Jonezpoj
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    I see a lot of good prices, due to the economy, on used Vstar 1300T. I had an 1100 and was buzzy at highway speeds. JMHO

  3. rzchafer2
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    I love my 1100. Started on a 650, loved that bike too. Changing oil is harder, but after 2 changes, I'm already feeling like a pro and getting faster at it.
    The rest is up to you.

  4. VTvinChic
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    As mentioned before, I'd seriously look at a good used 1300 first. Another good candidate for 650 upgrade would be the 950 (disclaimer: I'm a little biased to this bike). The 950 holds a much more highly advanced technology than the old Virago-based 650 & 1100 engines, and costs about $600 less (msrp).
    Either the 1300 or 950 would be significantly less "buzzy" than the 650 or 1100. The stroke is longer on both the 1300 & 950, plus they offer nearly two full inches longer in their wheelbases, giving you a more plush ride. The 950 (and the 1300, I believe) did away with the previously much needed counterbalancers - that's only one aspect that shows how Yamaha improved the new engine design. Also, the new bikes' floorboards are improved, using vibration dampening rubber spacers and 'floating' platforms. You will feel less drive shaft jolt as the newer Stars feature belt drives.
    The 950 will give you a bit of a break on the wallet at both the pump and with your insurance company. Not to mention the added bonus of fuel injection, added low-end torque, and ceramic-plated cylinders.
    I also expressed interest at the 1100 as my 650 upgrade, but the 950 was just light years ahead of the game. Don't just take my word on it... take a test drive, sit on them, get to learn the differences - once you see them, there is no comparison! Warning -- this was just my opinion, and I love my Yamaha products. In no way should this critique be construed as libel against the 1100. The 1100 & 650 are timeless bikes, but have been far surpassed mechanically & technologically by their own creator. JMHO (putting on the heat shield now!).

  5. THUNDER160
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    Seems like you have done your homework........

  6. VTvinChic
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    Oh, forgot to mention the oil change on the 950 is a breeze. Yamaha put a filter cartridge on the 950 that is very easily reached, even without a lift. They did away with the oil level viewer window and added a real dipstick.
    I don't recall much about the 1300.

  7. kamezbanger
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    I like my 1100 but have big engine envy sometimes. My 1100 is fast and can do anything I need it to. I actually think that is one of the best bikes out there as far as versatility and it being good for a beginner and an experienced rider.

    That said, I plan on keeping my 1100 custom and going to a bigger bagger this or next year for purely envy and arrogance reasons.

  8. vgink18054
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    I love my 1100 and have no desire to get a bigger bike. the 1100 is tried and true. i will ride mine until the wheels fall off then buy new wheels and ride it some more.

  9. placgzdar30
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    I have put 20000 miles on my 1100 during the last two yrs. I love the bike on the backroads or two-lanes but it does get a little buzzy around 70-75 mph(Interstate speed). Definately would check the 950 or 1300 if this is an issue for you.

    Sounds like the 950 has the 1100 beat on maintenance, don't know about the 1300.

    You owe it to yourself to test ride both or all three.

  10. Zoom181
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    Thanks everyone, lots to think about as I have been the last few weeks.

    Just to let you know a little more, my husband wants me to want the 950. He has big brother 1300, which I have ridden and do fine on but the bike is more than I need. So the 1300 is out, not because I don't like it but because I just do not fit good on it. I am 5'5" and I can't even sit completely back on it, the seat is huge and when I give it throttle I feel like I am gonna do this:

    ROFL....no kidding, I feel like I need to squeeze to hang on.

    Here's the thing. I LOVE my classic, I love the looks of my bike and so the 1100 looks like my 650 with a bigger engine. That is why I am thinking hard about it.

    I sat on both the 950 and 1100 at the Yamaha store in Knoxville last weekend but they do not have a 950 demo yet so I decided to wait until they did before I tried the 1100 also, would love to test ride them both on the same day for a better comparison.

    DH has pushed the 950 hard but I have asked him to please please let me make up my mind with my own research because it will be my bike and I am the one that has to be happy with it. So he is trying to back off and is allowing me to do so and I am so appreciative for it. That is why I am asking

    The more I ask the more I realize that I must test ride both the 950 and the 1100 to really know. Thanks for your opinions and ideas and for giving me lots to think about.

    I do also think the Silver 950 Tourer is sharp.

    Here is a picture of my 650 and his 1300.

  11. TpirtTommj
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    Another question would be... are you looking for new or used.. if your looking for used then finding a 950 would be a bit harder.

  12. chitter4
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    The 1100 is a good bike, extras are easy to find, sometimes real reasonable, and there is a pile of DIY mods out there. Vibrates a bit at interstate speeds, but will run 2 up on a long trip with all of your gear no problem. I have friends that went from 1100's to 1300's and they say it rides better, is smoother, and has more power.

  13. Zoom181
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    Bike will be new.

    I know what you are talking about with the vibration, I feel it on the 650 when I am going 70 or 80. It's not so much a bother to me since I am use to it but of course it would be nice if it didn't do that LOL.

    I can also relate about the smoothness of the 1300 because I have borrowed my husbands bike when mine was in the shop to fix a flat on the back. I also rode his to his place of employment one day to surprise him and pick him up and let him ride me back 2 up.

    I like his 1300, it's just too big for me, so I think the 950 would be great, I just love the looks of my classic.

  14. fupar
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    I love my 1100 and have no desire to get a bigger bike. the 1100 is tried and true. i will ride mine until the wheels fall off then buy new wheels and ride it some more.
    The only regret I have towards my 1100 is that I waited so long to get one.

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    ...but it does get a little buzzy around 70-75 mph(Interstate speed). Definately would check the 950 or 1300 if this is an issue for you...
    On our road trips, we always try to avoid highways. I love the back roads. Therefore, "buzzing" at highways speeds isn't usually an issue for me. However, when we do take to the highways, the 1100 gets the job done.

  15. wzdar6
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    Bike will be new. I know what you are talking about with the vibration, I feel it on the 650 when I am going 70 or 80. It's not so much a bother to me since I am use to it but of course it would be nice if it didn't do that LOL. I can also relate about the smoothness of the 1300 because I have borrowed my husbands bike when mine was in the shop to fix a flat on the back. I also rode his to his place of employment one day to surprise him and pick him up and let him ride me back 2 up. I like his 1300, it's just too big for me, so I think the 950 would be great, I just love the looks of my classic.
    Zoom181 your hubby is one lucky man. Picking him up on the bike is pretty romantic from a man's point of view. 2-up with my wife is the BEST. She thinks I like riding Solo. Can't convince her otherwise.

  16. Zoom181
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    LOL Vstar20, thanks, he loves it too, he was really tickled and proud that I rode His bike up there.

    I've changed a lot in the last few years, I started shooting with him (I love it) and now riding. I love riding my own but it is fun to ride behind him sometimes, it's nice to be close and I am a nice back cushion LOL.

  17. vavan
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    I just upgrade (3 months ago) from 99 V* 650 Custom to 05 V* 1100 Custom paid $2800 for the different. The 1100 has a better power, suspensions, less vibrations at Hwy speed. With the 1100 I can't figure the speed without looking at speedometer but with 650 I can guess the speed with its vibrations and power. The 1100 can get 85 mph with fun and almost no different as 50 mph. The 1100 can go to 65 effortless and unnotice. I feel the suspensions are better on 1100, more confident to take the twist. The only thing that I like from 650 is the look...short bob is the best. Basically the 1100 is better than 650..now is up to you how much you want to pay the different.
    I can not compare to V* 1300 because I don't have it but I have a VTX 1300c which is almost the same look as V* 1100 custom.
    The VTX has more power and torque which is fun for a straight line but for the twist....the 1100 is more fun because has better suspensions and handling..!!! ( maybe I am too light, 160 lbs ). But I love the VTX power and torque...on paper the VTX 1300 has more torque than V* 1300. The only thing that I don't like from V* 1300 compare to V* 1100 is the look. I think my best motorcycle is Yamaha Rider 1700..with radiator ( liquid cooler )...Sat on it a couple times at dealer...wow the balance and it has low CG...didn't feel heavy...I wish it has a radiator.

  18. wzdar6
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    LOL Vstar20, thanks, he loves it too, he was really tickled and proud that I rode His bike up there. I've changed a lot in the last few years, I started shooting with him (I love it) and now riding. I love riding my own but it is fun to ride behind him sometimes, it's nice to be close and I am a nice back cushion LOL.
    I wish my wife would pick me up, I would climb on the back and tell her to take off!!! Then the guys at work could really ragg me!!

  19. Zoom181
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    Ummm don't think I want to ride my husband 2 up LOL, he is long legged and I do great by myself but not ready to try to double someone bigger than me. Maybe given some more time I will.

  20. AtrianF
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    I wish my wife would pick me up, I would climb on the back and tell her to take off!!! Then the guys at work could really ragg me!!
    My wife doubled me around for quite awhile on her XV1100 Virago. Looked quite comical apparently. Shes only 5ft 4in I'm closer to 6ft and with the seat on the Virago I would sit at least 12in higher than her (my chin could sit on top of her head) and I could watch the speedo. Now we have seperate bikes.

    Adrian

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