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  1. pIkPrO
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    Hello to all. As you can see first post on your board. I have a question and will value all replies.

    I am thinking about purchasing a VSTAR 1100 Custom for my fiance. This will be her first bike The only Yamaha I have ever owned was a Seca 750

    I guess the question is how does this bike ride? handle?

    I hate to get an 1100 for a first bike but I know she would want a bigger bike in 6 month if I got the 650. I ride a BBC Prostreet Sled so cruising fast is not an option. She finished her first course 3 weeks ago and I want her to take the skilled drivers course next. We are definatly doing country riding for awhile as well..

    Any advice is welcome

    Also the guy at the dealership said they could lower it 2 inches as well. She sat on one that was done that wat and like it better. She 5'4"

  2. dez1877
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    Just my two cents, but, an 1100 is too much for ANYBODY as a first bike. She may want a bigger one in 6 months if she started smaller, but so what. Start small and get a bigger one later, when she can HANDLE it.

  3. MigejCojode
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    The 650 will be able to keep up with you until 140 km/h around 90 mph, with a little work and time you can get 95 mph out of it.

    The 650 is a great starter bike. I'm starting so sound like a broken record here but, as long as you don't want to keep up with the Jones, all the bike anyone really needs. IMHO

    Try to find her a used 650. Why put a whole bunch of coin into a bike she will likely drop at least once. Then sell it when she is looking to move up. Buying used you should be able to recover a bunch of her money. New you loose 15% coming out of the dealership. You can even look for one that is J-slammed or lowered with a kit if she is worried about seat height.

    Here's one from Craigs list for $1900 forums.delphiforums.com/Star4Sale/messages

  4. Ravhite
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    The 1100 is a well mannered bike. It can be very quick to the throttle and will take turns better than one would expect for a cruiser. You will find that they are very fast off the line if you are so inclined. If interstate highway travel is your normal means of getting from point A to B that there is a high rpm buzz in the bike, some dislike this, others don't mind. Secondary routes will bring out the best in the 1100 as it is really sweet at those speeds and road conditions.

  5. N2cr7zharg
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    My 1100 was/is my first bike, but hey, I'm 6'2" and have an ample girth. I think it was the right size bike for MY size. And I still have a lot to learn with it. I took the state offered safety course as well. But you can't take the experienced course until you've ridden for a year.

    But for a 5' 4" tall person, woman or man, I think the 1100 is too much bike to physically handle and get used to as a first bike. I could not imagine my wife learning on it. I'd recommend a 650/750 size for her.

    Note: Keep in mind that you can get smoking deals on a new bike if you keep your eyes open. And some used dealers charge way way too much. I bought my 1100 '07 new for $80 less than the local dealers were asking for an used '05 with minimal upgrades.

  6. pIkPrO
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    I am definatly looking for the best deal. The way thinks are here in Houston I can get a new one almost for the same as a used.

    Thanks for the replies

  7. Ravhite
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    I am definatly looking for the best deal. The way thinks are here in Houston I can get a new one almost for the same as a used.Thanks for the replies
    My wife is thinking about selling her 11000 (it already has the lowering kit), I'm sure she would give you a fair price.

  8. oltkeeser
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    My daughter's 1100 was lowered and it has a tendency to bottom out on dips. I'd suggest not lowering the bike.

  9. pIkPrO
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    Well we purchased the 08 VStar 1100 Custom yesterday. We drove out the door at $9100. This included the lowering kit,Stilletto(?) seat and a windshield.

    Be safe...

  10. MigejCojode
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    Well we purchased the 08 VStar 1100 Custom yesterday. We drove out the door at $9100. This included the lowering kit,Stilletto(?) seat and a windshield. Be safe...
    Congrats! Good deal, as long as she is careful on the slow speed turns she'll be fine. Lots of parking lot work before she rides far. I practice my near stall turns every spring regardless of how long I have been riding. It shakes the cobwebs out.

  11. pIkPrO
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    Congrats! Good deal, as long as she is careful on the slow speed turns she'll be fine. Lots of parking lot work before she rides far. I practice my near stall turns every spring regardless of how long I have been riding. It shakes the cobwebs out.

    alot of work will be done before she ever gets out on the road. We are actually doing some parking lot driving this weekend then a four day weekend in the country. Maybe 3 cars a week pass our cabin. Definatly taking it slow.

    I also registered her another training course using her bike before going iut in the big riding world..

  12. pIkPrO
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    Lynda on her new 08 VStar 1100 custom!!

  13. Ravhite
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    That looks like one very happy young lady, let the fun begin.

  14. pIkPrO
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    she's so disappointed this morning

    we were going to do some parking lot riding and the fog is horrible. Down to 1/8 mile. We will just wait until it clears

    It's awesome. Like a kid at Christmas. I am looking forward to our riding expeiances

  15. N2cr7zharg
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    Congrats on the new ride! She definitely looks very happy!

  16. 2WheelPik
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    Congrats to both of you! I know how much fun it is when someone else is there to ride with. I think she'll be very happy with the 1100, and you won't have to worry about trading it in anytime soon.

  17. quiedkuj
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  18. Scamb17
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    Tell her Congrats, and how about a pic of that BBC Sled?

  19. kaemez
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    I'm kinda torn on this. In my situation maybe a large frame for a first bike would have been a better idea, as I find myself treating my 1100 like a sport bike sometimes without thinking. You guys will have to admit that you can get into some habits with a smaller framed bike, like laying it way over and grabbing grip in a counter steer hoping you don't grab a footpeg. I've got a chickenstrip of less than an inch and very ground up floorboards because of this old habit. With that said, I am still learning how to drive my 1100. Almost eating a guardrail has calmed me down a bit also. I know some of you will say that I am just being stupid, but it's hard to break "knee-draggin'" habits.

  20. kaemez
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    I'm kinda torn on this. In my situation maybe a large frame for a first bike would have been a better idea, as I find myself treating my 1100 like a sport bike sometimes without thinking. You guys will have to admit that you can get into some habits with a smaller framed bike, like laying it way over and grabbing grip in a counter steer hoping you don't grab a footpeg. I've got a chickenstrip of less than an inch and very ground up floorboards because of this old habit. With that said, I am still learning how to drive my 1100. Almost eating a guardrail has calmed me down a bit also. I know some of you will say that I am just being stupid, but it's hard to break "knee-draggin'" habits.

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