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moving up from a 650 to an 1100

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  1. zdarmom

    actually the plan was to put engine bars on and saddle bag supports on immediately before I bring it home the first time......

    With what you stated being the exact reason why..

    ever see the demo online of the tiny lady in the skirt demonstrating how to pick up a downed bike? there is a technique to everything i guess.......

    thanks for you imput.....


  2. fupar

    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.Mark
    I agree.

    Not only will the bike be easier to pick up, the highway bars will also help to protect your engine, the chrome, and (if the highway bars are wide enough) possibly even protect your legs in case you have to lay the bike down in an emergency situation.

  3. fupar

    ever see the demo online of the tiny lady in the skirt demonstrating how to pick up a downed bike?
    I haven't seen this one, but I have seen a few other ones. Very impressive.

  4. muchlowe


    I think you are ready! Listen this is the way I explain this situation to my fellow female riders. Its just like a car, although it is registered for 150 mph you do not have to go that fast unless you need to !

    My friend also had a v-star 650 and after a year she out grew it and wanted a larger bike but because she has such small feet (size 5) it was hard for her to find a bike that she was comfortable shifting with those short feet no matter the adjustments made. She ended up buying a Bulavard 800 and loves it. Another friend of mine started out riding in the neighborhood on a Honda Rebel 250 and now has a V-star 1100 and does great. You will be more comfortable driving the highway with the 1100 than the 650 especially on road trips.

    Good Luck hope you have already gotten your 1100.

    I have to say I went from a Honda Shadow 750 to a Honda Aero 1100 to a Road Star 1600 and well would love to have a new Road Star with more CC's I love motorcycles and the feeling of freedom it gives me when im out there. A motorcycle is better than therapy so stay out of the psychiatrist office and spend your money at the motorcycle dealership LOL

  5. kman

    If you like your husbands Sprortster, ask if you can have that and let him upgrade. If you get your 1100 he will want to upgrade anyway.

  6. VTvinChic

    Another female opinion...
    Comfort is one major factor which affects confidence. My VStar 650 is completely different animal than my father-in-law's Honda Nighthawk 650. The center of gravity & seat height make his bike something that I loath riding. It is just scary to me. It is a smaller and lighter bike than mine, but it is taller and I sit very high in the saddle in it. Just having a lack of comfort takes away my confidence in riding.
    As mentioned before, if you can sit on it and feel comfortable (i.e. have feet planted while bike is upright, not overreaching for the bars or pegs), go for it. The weight of a bike is just an illusion. Look at the little gals who flip the big H-D hoss' around in RLAP. They are in control and confident. It is all how you feel - nothing more or less. Take it for a test ride, and you will just know.

  7. wzdarpiger54

    Another female opinion, I own a 650 Custom and would in a heartbeat trade up to an 1100. I've sat on one - I'm 5.5 1/2, it is heavier, but once you get use to it. Its like my 650, when I picked it up and rode it home, I thought, OMG did I buy too big of a bike, that was short lived - now I wish I would have went bigger, - in a couple of years . You go girllllllllll.

  8. silverfox39

    I'm sixty-two and bought my first bike about eight months ago. Got a Honda Sabre 1100. Nice Bike. Then the guy down the street had a 2002 1100 Custom with tons of aftermarket accessories for sale. I was able to buy it for what I got for the Honda, so I was real pleased. Still am. The Custom is a GREAT bike and I know you'll enjoy your's. It handles well, isn't overly heavy and looks great. I took the safety course and watch what I'm doing, so I've had no problems. The only issue I've had is the noise when starting and occasionally cutting it off. The clanking just doesn't seem reasonable to me, but apparentlly it's common.

    Have fun with your bike and be careful.

  9. bkman

    +1 on the highway / crash bar.

    My wife started on a Suzuki LS650 (S40). She rode it for about a year, and it was a very good bike with plenty of power and good handling. However, we started riding on longer trips and the seat is just miserable on that bike (for long rides). Also, accessories are hard to find, it has a very small tank and it doesn't sound like a motorcycle (her words, not mine). She decided she wanted something else. Since she is only 5' 2" (with short legs) and 114 pounds, so she didn't have a lot of options.

    We were both very surprised at how easily she rode my 1100 Custom when I bought it last summer. Okay, SHE was surprised - I was shocked. She just jumped on and rode away - I wasn't sure I'd get it back! Short legs and little mass seemed to be no detriment to her riding this machine - it really is balanced that well. Her comment was that it just sits up and waits for you to go - it doesn't try to tip over on you at a stop light or anything weird like that. In the end, she decided that the Honda Shadow Spirit (750cc) was a better choice for her than the V-Star. The biggest reason being that the Shadow allowed her to "flat-foot" a little easier, and the foot controls were a little easier to reach. I think the V-Star is a wee-bit wider than the Shadow. She also feels like she could possibly pick the Shadow up by herself if she ever did drop it (it is about 100 pounds lighter than the V-Star 1100). The V-Star would be impossible for her - probably even for me - to pick up if it ever went all the way down. That is why I have a crash bar on mine.

    In some ways, I think weight is irrelevant. I mean, ANY bike can break you (or kill you) if it falls on you. This is just my opinion, but keeping a bike under control has way more to do with how it fits you and how well you can reach and manipulate the controls, than what it weighs. If you can easily reach all the controls and feel comfortable, then you are far less likely to go outside your control envelope (where the weight becomes a factor). You will be a much safer rider, too, if you feel comfortable on the bike. Others may disagree, but I think that if you are constantly feeling the weight of the bike, then it either doesn't fit you right or you're doing something you shouldn't be doing. If you know (and ride within) your limits and don't do incredibly stupid things, you're not likely to get into any more trouble on an 800 pound bike than you would on a 300 pound one.

    Good luck in your quest for the perfect ride.

  10. yzcoodermac

    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.

    LOL guys I was thinkin the same thing.I've got Harley relatives that have ridden my bike and they never came out and said it but they have this little glimmmer of green in their eyes when they return after ridding. Have you even considered the new 950 I think Blue Just got one and post on here from tome to time.JUst a thought.
    Be safe this week and Happy New Year!!



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