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moving up from a 650 to an 1100

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  1. zdarmom
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    Hey all;

    I got my liscence 2 yrs ago (im 45) 5'7" for my first bike I got a suzuki s-40 ( a 650)smaller, lighter than most, weighing in around 380 with the extra stuff I added, 2000 miles later and 2 yrs............and lots of group rides, where I was one of several hundred bikes etc, I feel pretty confident that I have a very good handle on motorcycling......and skills..........

    My dream since last season is to sell my 650 and purchase the 1100 custom.....I actually have someone comming tommorow that is very very interested in buying my 650 for my asking price.

    My husband is having a cow over this, he says im still a novice, that 2000 miles isnt that much experience and that the bike will be too big and too heavy for me weight increase of over 200 lbs........

    Ive sat on this 1100 several times and it feels like it fits like a glove....i have long legs..........

    Yes the slow speed or almost stopped manuevers will require being more careful because of the increase weight issues, but I feel I will be fine.........
    Im tired of the suzuki as its really tiny, not a v twin and sounds like a gunshot every times i shut her down (a charactistic of that model) and lacks some nice features you find on the 1100. plus it didnt have the get up and go I feel im lacking......hubby rides a HD 1200 sporty.........

    Would really love some honest imput.........

    Thanks;

    Sue

  2. Bulltok
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    Go for it girl! If you can straddle the 1100 and comfortably plant your feet flat on the ground when at a standing stop you can handle it.

  3. Snufftokk
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    I agree with Bulltok, the 1100 is not a dificult bike to handle. It may weigh a little more but it is balance well. Go for it, you'll like the power increase as well.

    Ride Safe.

  4. zdarmom
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    This is exactly what I was hoping you all would have to say......

    Curious........any lady riders out there have a comment for me?????

    Thanks all;

    Sue

  5. fupar
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    One more guy's opinion.

    I almost went with the Honda Shadow 750 ACE. I am so glad that I decided on the V Star 1100 Classic. I am only 5'5, but I can comfortably put both heels down when I come to a stop. And this suspension is stock, without the use of a lowering kit.

    Yes, the 1100 is very well-balanced. It almost drives itself.

    I agree with Bulltok.
    If you can straddle the bike, AND put your feet firmly on the ground (heel and toe), go for it. You will get used to the weigh difference, and after a while, you won't even notice it anymore.

  6. bazdorrop1
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    You will be glad you made the "move up"

    Ride Safe!
    Rob

  7. fupar
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    ... my first bike I got a suzuki s-40 ( a 650)smaller, lighter than most, weighing in around 380 ...My husband is having a cow over this, he says ... that the bike will be too big and too heavy for me weight increase of over 200 lbs...
    I do not know about the suzuki s-40, but the V Star 650 weighs in at about 495. Whereas, the 1100 comes in at 571.

  8. MigejCojode
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    I'm not gonna tell you not to listen to your husband but he may have alterior motives. He doesn't want you to buy a bike that will outpace and out class him.

    I personally think, and this is just my opinion, that moving up to an 1100 is adding an unnessessary step in you riding evolution. But only you can decide that. If the bike calls to you get it. The 1100 V* is a reliable, well ballanced and well mannered bike that you will be able to ride after 2000 kms. Once you get used to the slightlty extra weight (what does the Suzy weigh there may not even be a weight difference?) and slight power increase you can do some relatively inexpensive mods that will boost your power to weight ratio well above your hubby's sportster.

    PS:

    After checking your S40 weighs:

    motorcyclecruiser.com/roadtests/2006_suzuki_boulevard_s40/index.html

    So yes you'll have some weight issues to deal with but I am willing to bet that after 30 minutes of parking lot work you'll be fine. Just take it easy and try to remember everything you learned on your MSF course.

  9. zdarmom
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    you all totally ROCK!

    Around noon a couple came by and saw my 650 and want to buy it!!!!

    Will have a check in a few weeks........went by my local yamaha dealer to see what they have in stock i want the blue 1100 custom.......been on my wallpaper of my computer since last summer.......they have one! may put a deposit on it to hold it............there is an incentive to get 500 back (will cover the freight/putting it together costs they charge at the stealership) LOL if i buy before the end of may........which I def. will !!! now that my other bike is promised to be sold soon...........

    with the warmer weather on its way to upstate NY, I dont want to not have a bike to ride, im an RN and have days off during the week, so i get out alot during the week when its nice on my own......

    Im really happy............ yippee.......

  10. fewer
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    I'm not gonna tell you not to listen to your husband but he may have alterior motives. He doesn't want you to buy a bike that will outpace and out class him.
    Beat me too it.

  11. Jak
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    Ok, you asked for the female opinion

    I got my license summer of '06, first time rider (and close to your age but that's all I'm telling!). My hubby bought me the 650 Classic for my first bike and I loved it but after one season I realized that it just wasn't quite enough since I'm also tall and have a 10 year old boy who's big for his age and rides around with mom. I traded my 650 for an 1100 Classic last fall and I adore it. I only had about 2000 miles on my 650 as well when I traded it but I was comfortable on the 1100 immediately. The only difference I notice as far as weight is when my wiggly-butt child doesn't sit still when we are coming to a stop, then I can feel it. When I'm alone I feel very balanced.

    Bottom line, I would go for it. I'm glad I used a smaller bike to become comfortable with riding but I definitely felt ready to upgrade after the first season.

  12. zdarmom
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    thanks Jak !

  13. Kapoh
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    I went to the bike show here in Baltimore back in February. Eyes poped out of my head over the Raider, but figured to big and to much at the moment. Sat on the warrior and thought to myself, "I'll kill my self on this thing." Saw the 1100 custom and bought it. My girlfriend sat in the saddle and had no problems with it. She is about 5'9 and weights about 130ish. The only comment she had was that the tank felt a little wide. I think that after she takes the MSF course, I am going to have to fight her to keep her off of it. Or at least talk her into letting me buy the Raider before she can have this one.

    Since the weather is not cooperating, I have only put a few (like 7 ) miles on the bike. First thing I noticed is that you have to be easy on the throttle, power comes on strong. The bike feels neutral when rolling and is easy to lean and turn. Shifting is effortless. Definitely worth taking it slow and getting use to it. I can't wait till warmer weather.

  14. quicgmicg
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    you all totally ROCK! Around noon a couple came by and saw my 650 and want to buy it!!!! Will have a check in a few weeks........went by my local yamaha dealer to see what they have in stock i want the blue 1100 custom.......been on my wallpaper of my computer since last summer.......they have one! may put a deposit on it to hold it............there is an incentive to get 500 back (will cover the freight/putting it together costs they charge at the stealership) LOL if i buy before the end of may........which I def. will !!! now that my other bike is promised to be sold soon...........with the warmer weather on its way to upstate NY, I dont want to not have a bike to ride, im an RN and have days off during the week, so i get out alot during the week when its nice on my own......Im really happy............ yippee.......
    GREAT!!! It's in the cards!

  15. dez1877
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    I guess I'm the only one going against the grain here, but, it doesn't matter how many miles you have under your belt that determines whether a larger bike is in order, it's how you handle what you've got. Maybe your husband sees something in your riding that makes him at least question whether or not you'll be safe on the 1100. There's no doubt, the 1100 is a great bike. But, it's still a lot of machine. Too many riders get a bike that's to big for them, and end up laying it down with injuries. I'm just guessing your husband has a reason for being hesitant in you moving up to the 1100.

    Instead of you being a "novice", ask him to specifically state what it is he sees in your riding that makes him hesitant. Just my 2 cents.

  16. fupar
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    Maybe your husband sees something in your riding that makes him at least question whether or not you'll be safe on the 1100.
    I agree.

    I don't think that anyone was trying to disrespect your husband's opinion.
    We were just offering ours.
    Your husband may have some very valid points for his reasoning.

    He knows your riding ability, whereas we don't.

  17. ntmom
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    Another female voice.......
    I have an '06 1100 Classic and love it as like all other previous comments. I am 5'4 and can stand flat with about 2" between me and the bike. I worked my way up to the 1100....started at 125, 550, 960. I found I liked the power and felt more comfortable on the bike. The other bikes were old so I sat too high, the 1100 Classic was just what I needed to ride my best. I appreciate all the comments and insights everyone has offered, I learn so much from other people's questions and everyone's input. I think I will sign up for our ABATE advanced class just to learn some handling techniques that I don't know for this size bike....thanks again everyone.

  18. koltzmye
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    My wife got her license a year ago and we got her a v-star 650 classic so we could ride together (I have a Roadstar 1600). The 650 was a great bike for her. After a year's worth of riding, she decided she wanted more horsepower. She often complained that her 650 didn't have the power to keep up with mine when starting from a stop and often said it seemed like it needed a 6th gear at highway speeds, which for her 650, anything over 65 mph seemed to work that bike too hard. She said she didn't enjoy always feeling like she was holding me and other riders back because her bike didn't have the oomph!!

    About 2 months ago we got her an 1100 Silverado. She LOVES it. She said it sits the same as her 650 (which it is the same) and she said that it actually felt easier to maneuver. She said it handled much smoother and was a pleasure to ride. Of course I have ridden it also and it is a very smooth bike and I agree with her, in that it does seem to maneuver and handle smoother than the 650. Not sure if the extra weight of the engine on the bottom of the bike makes it transition into and out of turns smoother, but it's true.

    I am glad she started out on a 650, and so is she. It was a great learning bike and a confidence builder. Now that she is familiar with riding and has some skills, we are both glad she moved up to the 1100. We also have two boys, 11 and 9, and often times they hop on the backs of our bikes and we head out for family rides. The 1100 is a nice bike. I think you would be pleased with it.

  19. zdarmom
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    hey all;
    I worked that last two days and got home late.......

    My hubby rode bikes as a kid but was never licensed...when i was taking riding lessons (did pvt with a great lady teacher since my work/family schedule would not allow for 3 day course) he got the idea to get his too.

    He hadnt ridden in 20 yrs, practiced on a friends bike and rode it for the road test, from my teacher I told him what skills to practice for the test, we took our tests the same day he went first and passed then i did mine and passed.

    I bought my bike first, and encouraged him to buy a bike too, he wanted the harley woulnt accept anything else, no foreign bike for him, so we bit the bullet and got it for him, i choose the smaller less expensive suzuki 650 because I couldnt find anything used i felt ok about, but I figured it was perfect to learn skills on, and not over the top expensive because i figured in time i would outgrow it......

    I have ridden with him, he gets into "la la land" on the harley, and likes to take off, and he has the power to do that with the 1200..... we rode to americaide together last june took us 5 hrs fully loaded bikes, we enjoyed the ride and the time, i led because as i said he tends to get in la la land and likes to speed.....

    I do a majority of my riding with my women in the wind club members, lots of group rides, have done many charity group rides etc....... the women I ride with have many many years of experience, ive been complimented on my natural ability (was a mountain biker for years and I think it helps as well) im confident, not a hot dogger i do take safety seriously........... my fellow club members feel VERY comfortable riding along side of me , many of them riding 17 yrs or more. These are the people that agree 100 % that ive got enough skills to move up to something bigger,nicer, more power potential.

    My husbands concerns i think are multifaceted........ he hates the idea of me taking out another loan on another bike (tough noogies, I am an RN and work and have excellant credit because of the way i manage my life) and have had two shoulder surgeries from a fall 4 yrs ago , not bike related at all...... so he is concerned about the weight........

    truth is even a 380 lb bike tilted too much in one direction can pull you over, and usually its situations of inexperience starting from a stop on a hill etc...... 2000 miles later I have all those skills havent stalled on a hill in a very long time, happened alot when i first was riding.......

    and its not my riding he has concerns with as much as the pushing the bike around stopped etc......but one of my fellow riders has a v star 1100, and she as well as you all here have said how well balanced a bike it is, and i have long legs and tons of flat foot and legs sitting on it, and felt very stable on it...... yes its over 200 lbs heavier than the suzuki but most bikes run along these weights....

    I purposley choose the lightest to learn on to attain the initial skills......... I tried to be smart about it, the suzuki lacks alot...... first its not a v twin and i no longer like the way it looks, its very small, no bells and whistles no tripometer etc, so you have to remember the mileage when you gas up to know when you are gonna run out........ and the most annoying thing is that because its a one banger when you shut it down it makes a sound like a gunshot (just a charactistic of this bike) also because its small I was limited as to the size of the saddle bags etc.....and being on the road with a truck comming along side i felt it much more than anyone else due to the lightness of the bike.

    Im comming up on my 46th birthday and feeling like I "deserve" something nicer now...... i dont see the point hanging on to a bike I no longer like, Im getting my asking price for it and it closes the loan so its gonna be 100% plus paid off.........

    Any questions???? LOL

    sue

  20. Marg2Cuzdom
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    I would suggest some sort of highway bars so if the bike ends up on it's side, it would be much easier to pick up. I am 5' 11", 185 and I find that even when I do everything right, picking my 1100 up is not easy. My wife is about 5' 6" and pretty strong, and she cannot pick my bike up by herself.

    If something were to happen like the bike started to lean over and you were not able to keep it from falling the rest of the way (this happened to me pretty much right after I got my bike), it may be very difficult for you to put it back upright by yourself.

    Other than that, the 1100 is a great bike. I love mine, and my wife can drive it very easily also.

    Mark

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