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Question about the V-star 650

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  1. cooltavk64
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    So I'm looking into buying a V-star 650. I have a couple of questions. First, I'm right at 5'11 is this bike too short for me? I'm a beginning rider, so I want to started out with a smaller bike and possibly upgrade later. Also, in some of the internet reviews I have read they talk about having a problem with the carburetor, are these isolated problems? This review is the one that kind of made me hesitate about buying a V-star 650 motorcyclesurvey.com

  2. MigejCojode
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    So I'm looking into buying a V-star 650. I have a couple of questions. First, I'm right at 5'11 is this bike too short for me? I'm a beginning rider, so I want to started out with a smaller bike and possibly upgrade later. Also, in some of the internet reviews I have read they talk about having a problem with the carburetor, are these isolated problems? This review is the one that kind of made me hesitate about buying a V-star 650 http://www.motorcyclesurvey.com/view...view_1076.html
    Most bikes are designed around a 5'8" individual and the 650 vstar does have slightly closer forward controls. That said you can purchase extensions or full controls to about any extra distance you want. Sit on one before you buy it and decide for yourself.

    As to the carbs. Yes there have been a few with new bikes that carbs that have gummed up recently. Most chalk it up to ethanol blended fuels. It is very far from the norm tho.

    The 650 is an excellent beginner and intermediate rider bike. Responsive and nimble yet forgiving a slow speeds. The only 2 draw backs are:

    a very small clutch friction zone, so much so that new riders sometimes feel that they only have on or off for the clutch. You quickly get used to it, especially with larger hands.

    It's still a 650, altho quick it's not fast and if you want to go over 90 mph, get another bike.

    Again sit on the bike the right one will call out to you.

  3. cooltavk64
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    Thanks for the reply. I'm not looking to go over 75-80mph, mainly I just want to keep up with traffic. I think you pretty much answered my questions, again thanks.

  4. rocgman
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    just to add my $.02 my 650 is great i'm 5'10" and fits me well no problems at all keeping up in traffic, even 2 up. yeah the clutch sucks but there are ways around it. so far no problems with carbs so far (knock on wood) gut occasionally i run BG 44k to keep the fuel system clean.

  5. prumo
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    hi i am 6ft 220 lbs the bike does not even know i am on it, it will keep up with all traffic. have fun. bruce out.

  6. cooltavk64
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    Thanks fellas, I'm excited about the bike. Can't wait to get out on the open road!

  7. RWilliamz
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    I just traded for one I am 6ft pushing 280 it is fine for me although Iwould love to move the controls foward I do not know if I like the heel and toe shifter yet as with size 12 shoes I get my foot tangled in it.Its a 650 custom by the way.

  8. MigejCojode
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    I just traded for one I am 6ft pushing 280 it is fine for me although Iwould love to move the controls foward I do not know if I like the heel and toe shifter yet as with size 12 shoes I get my foot tangled in it.Its a 650 custom by the way.
    A heal toe on a custom that's an add on. Check out Jardine and Mapam forward controls. Go to a local shop and barter with them. I found out through the grape vine that the Jardine forwards are under $300 CAD wholesale.

  9. Dargelf
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    Just curious if you got the bike yet? I am on the smaller side, I can't help you with that issue, but as far as the carbs and general reliability this bike has been great. the power is exactly what I need, and it manaveurs and handles great. I enjoy it far more than the Honda shadow I previously owned. I rode a suzuki Boulevard and a kawasaki 500lt, and the v-star was much better to me.

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