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Pros and Cons of 1300 V-Star

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  1. yunkyindx
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    Hey All,

    I am in socal and am looking at upgrading from my starter bike. It was a 1988 Suzuki Intruder 750. I was hell bent on getting the '09 950 V-Star until I walked into a different dealership and was offered a '08 V-Star 1300 brand new for a very cheap price. I've been reading reviews and searching for the pros and cons of getting a bike of this caliber. What I'm looking for in a bike is the ability to ride (of course!) but to also use a little speed when necessary (comfortably going 90 mph).

    So far, I have seen a few comments here and there regarding the 1300 but have yet to see anything concrete (google and this forum). To avoid being a complete newb I tried searching different words on this forum to try and find some information but ended with little luck.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated by all the experienced riders out there! Thanks!!

    yunkyindx

  2. djleriuz
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    I did the same thing,i had a 650 and i was gonna go to the 1100 and got offered the 07 1300 for a good price and bought it. I am so glad i did, over the 1100 its night and day better. fuel injected, liquid cooled, belt drive. even the dealer said its such a better bike. i can strip it down to be a muscle cruiser for around town and still can toss on the bags and windsheild, passenger seat and backrest for a full highway touring machine. Not once have i regretted buyiing this bike. I highly doubt you will either, i can gaurantee it. Lots of nice mods to be done with it as its not as new as the 950 and the people on this forum can vouch for the bike ten fold. I ride with a group with almost everyone on a different make and the 1300 gets more looks and comments than any of the others i ride with. You will also find the most indepth knowledge of this bike in this forum than you can imagine. Korg, Chazzer, Cole, steve, DDB, and many more, i could go on and on but these people will agree that this bike is in a class all its own.

    If it makes sense value wise, you cant go wrong with anything you decide on.

    good luck man and ride safe.

  3. Lrtoflamancha
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    This is the wrong place to look for cons.... Well a few of us are x cons. But around here we pretty much love this bike. About the only con that I can see is you can spend a ton of money on mods, if you like, and I, like most of the folks here like to mod.

  4. VTvinChic
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    Having both a 950 and a 1300, I can tell you immediately that cruising distances at 90 mph will be more comfortable and will experience less vibration on the 1300, as the engine isn't working as hard. 75-80mph is a little "buzzy" on the 950, but once you go above 80, it actually seems to smooth out. The 1300, OTOH, will remain much more smooth throughout. It also seems to ride a little more stable in very strong winds due to its weight over the 950. Wheelbase is nearly the same, so road vibration isn't an issue between models. Our 950 does get an average of 10mpg better fuel efficiency and insurance is $52 less per year than the 1300 (check with your agent - some states, policies and companies wildly vary once you crest the 1000cc displacement).

    Above anything else, be sure to test ride both - I can't stress that enough! Test ride the larger bike first, this way once you ride the smaller bike, you will be able to immediately tell if you are disappointed by its performance. Check the fit - see if it actually puts you in a comfortable riding position.

    Don't allow anyones opinion to sway you into buying their ideal bike. The best bike is the bike that suits YOU best. Again, we own both, and both bikes have their own merits and drawbacks - there is no universal bike, otherwise I'd be riding a 1300, too.

  5. cole2273
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    the biggest thing about buying this size bike is make sure its what you want. if you are serious about ridding and plan to do a lot of it than I would recommend a bigger bike than the 950. as you might out grow it fast. the 950 is a VERY nice bike and for most people its just what they want. if you just plan to ride now and then, or if your a smaller frame person, than chances are the 950 will be more bike than you will ever need. but at the same time, the 1300 is just as easy to handle and you can buy them for the same price. (sometimes cheaper) I was just informed that we have a dealership in MN that has some new 07 and 08 models that are selling for $6,999. that is a steal for this caliber bike. you will not out grow the 1300. in fact the 80ci 1300 v star has about 10-12 more HP than a 96ci FI Harley with anywere from 100-250 lbs lighter (depending on what model HD). so you should have no problem keeping up on the HWY. I am a larger rider so I don't fit as well on the 950. if you are looking for a great bike than the 950 and the 1300 are the bikes for you. all you need to do is pick the right one for you. we are here to answer any questions that you have, but in the end it comes down to what fits you. don't pick a bike just because someone said its a good bike or because it has a nice paint job. make sure that's the bike that makes you 100% happy in every way. and good luck with your decision. Cole

  6. unpitten
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    This is the wrong place to look for cons.... Well a few of us are x cons. But around here we pretty much love this bike. About the only con that I can see is you can spend a ton of money on mods, if you like, and I, like most of the folks here like to mod.
    You stole a little of Steve aka Sgt Sarcasm's comedic thunder with that one

    yunkyindx,
    Pro's of the 13 are too many to list, but this bike loves 70 mph and up, very smooth.

    Con's: many bikes have the same issues. The stock handle bars are terrible, the front fork springs are a bit soft and may be the major reason for hearing a clunk in the front end. A set of Progressive Springs ($70) solved that issue for me and many others. The bike chugs ant low speed (under 5mph) and this is an issue with many fuel injected bikes. Feathering the clutch is the answer to that; adding a fuel management system or Jack's O2 Mod also helps. Modifying the air box seems to help a bit.

    Concerning the bars; some have been able to negotiate swapping the bars out for RSTD or 950 bars as a part of the purchase deal. I strongly suggest you inquire of the dealer, working out a deal on the bars..... they really do suck. I haven't been on a 950 but I can't imagine a cruiser having a better combonation of speed, handling, looks and the power to ride 2-up as comfortably as the 13. Don't procrastinate...... just buy the dang thing

  7. JuzdSdewe
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    I've owned quite a few bikes in my day, but by far MY 1300 is the absolute best of all worlds.
    Granted (like others have spoke about), it has its quirks. Easily rectified.
    Handlebars/seat.
    After that, let the modding begin.
    And, hating to be redundant, but like was said over and over, RIDE the different bikes. See what appeals to you the best. Hell, I've test ridden some harleys and other bikes that just plain scared me, (the way they handled/ran/brakes/clutch, etc, etc.). Those I scratched right off my 'gotta have' list.
    You've been doing a little research. That's good. All the cruiser magazines, (even easy rider and others), cruiser magazine, etc, have EXCELLENT writeups on the different bikes. Most mags you can go back and search reviews on the different models. Hell, in the last couple months, both the 950 AND the 1300 have been reviewed side by side by similar models. Lots of great reading out there, but it will be YOUR butt, your shoulders, your head that makes the final decision.

    We can blow smoke up your butt all day and nite telling you all the excellent things WE can find about the 1300, but that's US.

    All I know is, I'm 6'0", 225 , w/32" inseam, and my wife is 5'3", (can't disclose weight)..........okay, I will......119, anyway, and this 1300 fits US beautifully.
    Granted, I've upgraded to the RSTD bars and mustang seats, (a must), but we go on LONG ASS cruises/overniters/runs with this bike. Over 50 mpg ALWAYS (and I"ve got cobra shorties/a TAK, and cobra fms).
    Love the handling, love the braking,, hell, I love it all. Plus I think it's one helluva sharp motorcycle. If I didn'it, I wouldn't have thrown all this damm chrome on it...................

    Bottom line, YOU gotta make the decision.

    Good luck, have fun.

    Hope to see you on the forums with the results soon.

  8. yunkyindx
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    Hello again all,

    Thank you so much for your input! I really appreciate it! I do realize that this is a decision made by me and my wallet and I can't express enough the gratitude I have for all that pitched in their $.02. I was a bit afraid that I might be burned for being a newb as has been done before on other forums. I ran into the bike for $7K, brand new. The bike fit well even though I'm a bit smaller than most of you. I run 5'7, 205 and have no problems with the fit. I wasn't planning on making any mods but after riding for a little while I may have to listen to the vast majority of advice out there and upgrade the bars and seats! HAHAHA!!! I will let you all know how things go and which bike I end up with and will also try to post pics as soon as possible!

    Thanks again y'all!
    yunkyindx

  9. JuzdSdewe
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    For the most part, we're a 'friendly forum'.

    Pics are a MUST (whichever model/ride you decide on)

  10. chaser38
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    yunkyindx (buy a vowel),

    We're similar height and shape. I can tell you the bike fits me well. Some much larger riders have had a little trouble with the size. I've been on a couple of 7-10 day rides and now have almost 16K on the odo. It's got the power and the smoothness you're looking for. The Touring model has some nice, large bags. You'll have to fix it to fit you a bit, but that's normal.

    Only "con" was one time the front wheel fell off on a sharp turn. No biggie.

    Go for it if it feels right.

  11. retzdaret
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    yunkyindx (buy a vowel),We're similar height and shape. I can tell you the bike fits me well. Some much larger riders have had a little trouble with the size. I've been on a couple of 7-10 day rides and now have almost 16K on the odo. It's got the power and the smoothness you're looking for. The Touring model has some nice, large bags. You'll have to fix it to fit you a bit, but that's normal.Only "con" was one time the front wheel fell off on a sharp turn. No biggie. Go for it if it feels right.
    If the front wheel falling off on a turn is not a biggie, what is?

  12. cfinn1187
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    Was that before or after the rear wheel fell off?

  13. RalbhLonk
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    Hi!

    I have about 500 miles on my 09 vstar 1300 at this point. Traded a SV650 for it. It has taken me a while to get used to the weight of the new bike but I think things are going to be OK. I am finding that muscles are "forgeting" the weight of the old bike and are getting used to the new weight (the new bike is almost 2x the weight of the old bike). IOW the weight of the new bike is becoming "normal" to me.

    One thing that is nice about the 1300 is the torque. It is almost impossible to stall. Don't have to rev it as high to start off. Gives a lot of confidence in starting off on a hill.

    Overall I am enjoying the new bike. Very different from the SV650 in almost every way. But still very enjoyable.

    It is also nice to have a bike that is a real looker. I find myself sometimes wandering out to the garage just to stare....

    Ralph

  14. JuzdSdewe
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    "I find myself wandering out into the garage sometimes just to stare:"

    Yeah, you got it bad..............(like the rest of us).........

    It's not a bad thing tho.

    I do it all the time. (especially when the weather's crap (LIKE TODAY/THIS WEEKEND). Just walk out into the garage, wander around the bike, looking at different things, wondering what I would/could do different, you know.

    It's a beautiful bike, that 1300 of ours.

  15. chaser38
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    If the front wheel falling off on a turn is not a biggie, what is?

    Well, I called Yamaha and they said it's a normal thing to happen. They told me which page in the manual to read up on it. So after I put the wheel back on and straightened the frame, I was good to go.

    A "biggie"? That would be if someone actually saw that happen.

  16. yaro
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    I read somewhere that unlike any other bike, the front wheel on 1300 is optional. With the speed and handling you don't need it. The 2010 model will be a special order with front wheel.

  17. retzdaret
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    i read somewhere that unlike any other bike, the front wheel on 1300 is optional. With the speed and handling you don't need it. The 2010 model will be a special order with front wheel.
    lmao!

  18. zumnckuj
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  19. jahram5445
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    yunkyindx-I'll tell you about my experience with the V*1300 Tourer. Most importantly this bike is my starter bike and I have felt very comfortable on the bike since day one. That should say something for the bike. The bike is well balanced and well mannered. The bike did have one major draw back-the handle bars. The stock bars gave me alot of pain between my shoulder blades and neck. Once I changed over to the Royal Star Tour Deluxe bars it cured the problem. I'm 5'11" with a 32" inseam. I've heard of a few people getting the dealer to change out the bars as part of the deal.There are many other mods I've done but not out of necesity.

  20. ylzhooder
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    The only two cons I can think of are the stock saddle. Very uncomfortable. Easy enough to fix though. And, for most of us, the pullback on the handlebars is not enough and we have changed them out as well.

    Pro's: I agree too many to list.

    I just recently crossed over the 15,000km mark (9,320 miles). And the bike started to preform a lot better. Get much better mileage, 55 hwy and 46 city. Last year I was getting about 44 and 38. Plus she wants to move now. I change to 4th gear a lot later now that I used to. If I try to change at the same speed as last year, she drags and I have to shift back to third.

    One thing I have found, going much above 80 mph the mileage suffers greatly. Well it did last year, haven't tried it this year.

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