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I sold my Vstar

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  1. Loic932
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    I just sold the Vstar, I didn't really want to sell it but the bike was originaly for my wife and she found the bike to be too heavy for her. but I still like it very much... it's going to a good home, and the guy , Joe, was very happy with the deal and look, sounds of the bike. I'm going to e-mail him the link to this great forum, I'm sure he will have a lots of questions.
    I want to take the opportunity to thanks everyone on this forum for all the advise and friendship, if you're ever in the Vegas area, look me up

    Loic932

  2. Shebhertezz
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    I hope your wife doesn't give up riding. Maybe she just needs to start with a smaller bike. Take care and all the best!

  3. micg10
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    i agree with Shep about the smaller bike, maybe a 650 would be a better fit.

  4. tunc
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    ok ill look ya up when i get over there
    sorry to hear ya sold it

    ride safe

  5. Loic932
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    anytime !!! last time she looked at a Suzuki c40 , I think its a 650, I'll rather her to look at the c50 as it's water cooled and in vegas.....

    we'll see (I really dig smaller dual purpose.....)

  6. bkman
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    My wife started out with an S40 (Suzuki LS650) - there is no C40 sold in the US, so you might be thinking of the S model.

    Anyway, the LS650 is a great bike, with few known problems. It is an absolute blast to ride - very quick and nimble - it only weighs about 360 pounds. The only thing I can tell you from having owned one is that it requires a lot of modification to be comfortable. The seat is horrifically bad for any rides longer than about 40 miles (one-way), and there is little aftermarket support for upgraded seats and such. So, as far as customization is concerned, you're pretty much on your own with the LS650.

    For what it's worth - after having one for about 14 months, my wife was over the LS650 and wanted something more comfortable, with a V-Twin engine - the LS650 has a tendency to sound like a lawn tractor. The problem is that she is only 5'2" and has rather short legs. It was very difficult for us to find another bike that fit her (other than the S40). We looked at everything, and ended up getting her a Honda Shadow VT 750DC. These are the older Shadow Spirits - with chain drive. Honda stopped making this particular model in 2006, I believe, and the newer version is wider (so it doesn't work as well for people with short legs). She loves it. It is still lightweight enough that she can handle it, the balance is good and she sits flat-footed when she stops.

    Good luck in your search - that's half the fun.

  7. Suzhipiger
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    I believe, and the newer version is wider (so it doesn't work as well for people with short legs). Good luck in your search - that's half the fun.
    Ding!
    That's exactly the problem that we had. The Shadow had to go. Saddle height is not the only issue to consider, width and weight are just as important. Even the 250 Rebel was narrower, but was taller. Very frustrating.

  8. LiddleBen
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    Oh well, Sorry to see ya go. Hope you find your lady a good fit and she continues to ride. Good Luck, LiddleBen

  9. peertuge
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    My mother law is very vertically challenged she is like 5'2" she tried several bikes and ended up with a suzuki marauder 800 to ride it has a very low seat height and is pretty narrow so it fits a smaller person and has a bunch of power for the size it is... something to think about anyhow!

  10. bkman
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    ...she tried several bikes and ended up with a suzuki marauder 800...
    We had one of those, as well and, when I bought my 1100, she was going to ride it. The only thing about the Marauder my wife didn't like was that it is a little top-heavy. It's not as well balanced as the Shadow 750 - it is heavier at the handlebars - but it does have a good bit more power. Also, it has nice alloy wheels.

  11. Shebhertezz
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    When I was looking for a bike I had it narrowed down to the 950, the Vulcan 900LT, and the Suzuki Boulevard C40 (I think, it's 800 or 850 cc). The Boulevard was eliminated b/c of the uncomfortable seat and I was on my tippy toes holding it up. It's a very handsome bike but that fit was painful. I believe the V-Star 950 is one of the lowest - if not the lowest - bike. I'm 5'5" and have plenty of bend to my knee when I'm flat footed.

    Have your wife check out some of the bike reviews by women on womenridersnow.com.

  12. JuzdJoe
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    Yup. I love the bike! Past the MSF course over the weekend and got my licence from the DMV on monday, been riding it to work the last couple of days.

  13. tawedhehuman
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    put her on a v-rod..26 inch seat..under 600 lbs...very low cg as you sit on the gas tank

  14. Shebhertezz
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    Yup. I love the bike! Past the MSF course over the weekend and got my licence from the DMV on monday, been riding it to work the last couple of days.
    Congratulations! You've just substantially increased your chances of surviving on the mean streets...Ride safe!

  15. ABQaudoxer
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    put her on a v-rod..26 inch seat..under 600 lbs...very low cg as you sit on the gas tank
    The old Vrod felt weird around low speeds (such as parking lots). I don't know how unnerving that would be for a small woman. Its a nice bike, definitely worth a test ride to find that out for yourself.

  16. Loic932
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    Yup. I love the bike! Past the MSF course over the weekend and got my licence from the DMV on monday, been riding it to work the last couple of days.

    Cool !! I'm glad you're enjoying the bike !

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