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For Those With Any Doughts About the Ablity Of The 650

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  1. tillikaff
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    Last week I went to Star Days in billings Montana.
    We took 3 days to get there about 250 miles a day, seeing the sites and such. While there we rode Beartooth Pass. I had been told that my bike wouldn't run right in that elevation (over 10,000 feet), because it was a smaller bike and it had a carburated engine. I hate to disappoint people, but it ran flawlessly. Now for the trip home, I wanted to get home quick and fast. Billings, MT to Coeur d'Alene, ID, over 500 miles on Interstate 90, with 3 mountain passes to go over. One other guy on a Venture and myself running 75-80 MPH except for a few miles of construction. Trip home was less than 10 hours.

    So the conclusion is: What more do you need.
    If you want a bigger bike. Buy it.
    But don't use the excuse that the 650 is too small and won't handle it. Because it will do anything a bigger bike will do.

    Ride What You Like And Enjoy The Road

    Good Luck & Good Riding

  2. micg10
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    i love my 650 and plan on keeping for a long time, it does everything i want from it, one or two up.
    i beleive the only reason people go bigger is because they want to not because they have to. (yes i know there are some exceptions)

  3. retzdaret
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    Great story. I know I never had any doubt.

  4. kamezbanger
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    I can agree with that...it is part preference and part ego...I can tell a difference in the sound and power at high speeds...but a 650 will do anything a bigger bike will do.

  5. MigejCojode
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    On my 5th season with the 650. I do occasionally want for a little lower RPM on the highway, but you get attuned to the sound of this bike quickly.

    Hey the kicker for me is that I get all that the bigger bikes get, including admiring looks, but I pay $600-$800 a year less for the same coverage.

  6. 4mrAkankmpr
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    After my recent trip to OK City and back, I found only a few things wanting about the 650: 1.) better seat- monkey butt was evident after a while (Corbin solo supposedly on the way -on order at any rate)! 2.) better gas mileage- a few times, I had to accelerate up to 80-85 from my cruising 70 mph, ran out much earlier than I anticipated (well, had to switch to reserve, at any rate) BTW, found out that non-ethynol gasoline is available in OK- I thought I should have gotten better mpg with the unadulterated fuel than with the corn-o-line!. 3.) the floorboards on my classic limited my feet/legs too much-guess a set of highway bars are in order! I DID get a nice comment on my bike from ONE fair Oakie lass!
    Also discovered on this jaunt was that HJC helmets are apparently intended for those w/ROUND skulls-mine is more oval! So, now, I have a CS-R1 and a Symax II that are short-term use only, and had to purchase a Shoei X-11!

  7. SlovBoj
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    the ONLY thing I'd ever want for my 650 would be 6th gear. It'd be nice to have a little more range at higher speeds but other than that... I'm cool with it. the best part for me is not only that I dind't pay squat for it compared to bigger bikes, not that my insurance is HALF of what my brothers 1700 roadie is for crappier coverage but that modding the thing has been inanely cheap thus far. The most expensive thing on my bike right now is the exhaust and it's pretty heavily cut up. I don't now, nor have I ever wanted a cookie cutter, same as everyone elses bike and it's been SO easy to make my V look like it does!

  8. MOJOE104
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    I've gotta say that I had some initial doubts when I first bought my 650 too, thinking it was not powerful enough. After riding it for a year, and most of my riding is done with my fellow BFC'ers that all have 1100's at least. I have no issues keeping up with them. We rode about 300 miles this past Saturday, most of it in the rain and I kept up just fine. Mine does work a bit harder on the highway but it does just great for me. No complaints at all.

    Still need a better or reworked seat, some highway bars but other than that, it's everything I need. Besides, no one knows it's a 650 unless I tell em! Mine looks nicer than most of the bikes I come across at a much better price and much lower insurance.. Only $325 a year for full, year around coverage is hard to beat.

  9. fnyeeb19
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    I know that I will always keep my 650 and I will chop it and turn it to a bobber. The only reason I will step up to a bigger bike is for long distance 2 up riding.

    Now that I have pipes and a GAK, the bike is so much better all around. Its much more fun to ride. Plus there is plenty of power. Also spending $275 a year for full coverage and double the state minimums is not a bad deal to beat for an 08!! My 94 Toyota Camry is more a year!

  10. ctgman
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    I'm a big guy (290lbs) and this V-star has plenty of power to keep my fat a$$ moving!!! Even when 2 up riding with the wife (130lbs shhh dont tell her I posted this) this bike keeps up with the big boys. Never had a problem.

  11. retzdarraiter
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    it cant do everything that a big bike can do. cmon get real!

  12. SlovBoj
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    My freind has an 88" fat boy... and keeping up is only a problem if you're on his bike. I'll never top out like he does but when will you really ever need it? The only thing I can complain about is the revs it's turning at 60-65 mph like I said... 6th gear in any on the remodels Yamaha!

  13. girgnt1zbt
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    it cant do everything that a big bike can do. cmon get real!
    It really can, you'd be surprised what these 650's can do. I can even take off and leave some bigger bikes from a red light pretty easily.

  14. MigejCojode
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    it cant do everything that a big bike can do. cmon get real!
    What exactly can the Raider do that the 650 can't staying within the confines of traffic laws?

    I've not ridden the Raider but having rode it's cousins, the roadstar and the MT01, and ridden a pile of miles with bigger more powerful bikes. The only place they lose me is over 90 mph, even fully loaded. Sure after 3rd gear she's a touch slower but racing isn't what the cruiser is about. I'll put and R6, R1 or the like between my legs for racing.

  15. SlovBoj
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    What exactly can the Raider do that the 650 can't staying within the confines of traffic laws?
    Well put. My bro has a 1700 raodstar speedstar stage 4 and I can pull from a dig just as well as he can and it'll roll down the highway at 80, just like his... Funny thing is, speed limit is 55 here so you've got all that power and no where legal to use it. That just seems silly to me... People feeling a 'NEED' for bigger bike are often making up for some kind of shortcomings But I guess that's just my opinion!

    Oh, and my wallet has a lot more weight in it after I'm done... C'mon, get real!

  16. vtvfanz
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    The wife and I love my Custom! I have ridden a couple of times with my Brother in Law(HD Ultra Classic) and some other friends with tourers. I was able to keep up with them no prob. It did feel a little sketchy @ 75 mph, but that I chalk up to not owning a bike in 15 years or so. The only reason I am considering trading up is load capacity. I would like to add a windshield and saddle bags, but I'm not a small guy, so when riding 2up we would be over the limit as stated in the manual when loaded for an overnighter. Oh, and we want to get aftermarket seats(the stockers were originaly designed during the Spanish Inquisition), and I'm sure that will add more as well. I want us to be safe when we ride. Any thoughts on this?

  17. ft38278
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    Couple weeks ago I road my 650 custom on the Southern Maryland Run with the riders from here (YMF) and it ran with the big boys. A bunch of Worriors and 1300's (Some really nice bikes). I chose to lag back when they were twisting the throttle on the back roads only because I have a Commercial drivers license and can't afford a ticket and I like to site see when I ride. But when we were on the main roads all the traffic was hitting 65, 70 mph and I was running with the big dogs. The RPM's are way up there and I kept looking for 6th gear. The bike was doing what it needed to do but I must say it was working harder than the rest. One advantage I did notice was that I could handle the twisties a little better than the big bikes. Maybe its because I normally ride twisties living in the mountains, but the bike hugs the corners better and manuvers quicker than the bigger bikes. My response time seemed alot faster. I do plan to upgrade in the future and I'm going to stay with the cruiser style bike. For now my 650 custom has everything I want. Low maintanance, great gas mileage, and outstanding manueverability.

  18. pucgzhodpop
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    2003 650 silverado stock except for mustang seat. It was good enough to keep up with a 1100 v star and a 1100 goldwing on a 12 day, 14 state, 4600 mile trip. Dayton to Ogden and all the great places on the way.

  19. tatrunzz
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    The 650 is just a great overall bike for the money, I owned one for a while and really enjoyed it, you know, with the same minor concerns that everyone has especially the high RPM at highway speeds, this bike can definitely keep up with all other cruisers, when I decided to get a larger bike I had to things in mind, more leg room and low RPM at highway speed so I decided to get the stratoliner, so was it worth the extra $6000? I guess that’s up to you, the riding experience is night and day even if you are going at the same speed, the way I see it is like comparing a ford focus with a Cadillac, they are different rides only one of them is much more expensive, I like the big bike much better...

  20. RWilliamz
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    I loved my V Star but after riding the 1100 Honda Sabre I bought the Star feels like a mini bike. I sold the Star to my 19 year old son. Granted the Star gets more looks it should it is flat purple its just a prettier bike . But I am 6ft 280 and the 650 just was too small for me and my wife. But I never had any problem going any where on the star it is a great bike for the money most people do not believe it is a 650. I am slowly learning to like the Hondas looks the thing runs like a raped ape it will run 90 in 3rd gear with 4th and 5th still left once you get used to that kind of performance it would be hard to go back. But for the price of the Yamaha you can not beat it.

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