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post #1 of 7 Old 11-22-2010, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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Any former V Star 650 riders?

As I mentioned in a previous thread, I currently ride a v star 650. I know there are going to be some differences in riding position, capability, etc. But was curious as to anyone that might have made the same switch to a WEE that I hope to make soon. Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-27-2010, 06:49 PM
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Not a V-Star, but I had a cruiser (Honda Shadow 1100) before changing to the Wee-Strom. The 'Strom is a much more flexible platform than any cruiser ever made, since you can fiddle with ergonomics quite a bit to get the riding position you want -- while a cruiser mostly has one position only. I didn't mind the cruiser position so much, but had to use a backrest to support that "feet forward" posture without ruining my lower back. I find the wee much more comnfortable for long rides, and of course the handling is vastly better. It may take you a little time to get used to the ride height, and the 'Strom will feel a LOT bigger than your cruiser. That extra space is nice, though, to give you room to move around -- and to carry a pillion passenger if you have one.

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post #3 of 7 Old 12-02-2010, 01:57 PM
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Former Star rider here.

That's a very hard comparison to make. I am 5' 8" with a 30" inseam. I could flat foot the Star with my knees bent. On the DL 1000 I'm on tip toes but in 3 seasons and nearly 20,000 miles I've never tipped it over. I do like the versatility of the V Strom over a cruiser and I'm sold for life. I live in the Mtns of NC and can't think of another bike that will do so much for so little. You will also find that there is no comparison on the power between a Wee Strom and a Star. The Strom is much peppier. Good luck with your purchase.

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post #4 of 7 Old 12-03-2010, 04:45 PM
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Had an 1100 Vstar...


Was a long time member of ISRA, wore the patches and the whole bit.

I have a 30" inseam, the lowered and raked VStar had a seat height of 24" (or about the same height as the computer chair I'm sitting on).

I really liked my Star as it was pretty much a custom bike once I was finished with it. I won a couple awards in 2 shows that I entered. But I spent more time cleaning it then riding it. 2 minutes of riding in the rain would entail several hours of getting all the chrome cleaned. I had to get away from that.

After several months of deliberation, I decided my replacement would be a 650 Strom.

Other than getting flashes from women at stoplights and people wanting to get there picture taken while I'm getting gas, the Strom wins in just about every department...

Almost twice the tank range, 480kms vs 250kms.
Stock clock, real fuel gauge, tach and 6th gear.
Less maintenance. But I'd like to have the shaft drive on the Strom.
Much better handling. I couldn't keep up to a school bus on twisty roads.
High seating which is better in traffic.
Can move around on the seat more which add to riding comfort.

The VStar was more stable at highway speeds and you'll notice when riding a Strom you'll get blown sideways a little.. When I raked and lowered it then added fat tires it made it even more stable, but away went the low handling ability it did have.

I wanted a good do it all bike and for me the Strom IS that. Did I say less cleaning? I commute yr round hear on the wet Coast an I've only washed my Strom a few times since I've owned it.

I'd like to build a Custom chopper some day, just to bar hop, and I miss the flashing, but I can honestly say.. I'll never have another cruiser as my main ride.

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post #5 of 7 Old 12-05-2010, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all of the responses guys. I'm still looking around to sit on a Wee or to see one in person as its been 5 or so years since i have. 3 stealerships and not a Wee to be found!
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post #6 of 7 Old 12-07-2010, 06:14 PM
 
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I had an 1100 classic and the differences were night and day between that one and my DL1000 I have a 32" inseam and I can just flat foot the bike I hear that the 650s are an inch shorter if that helps. But the biggest difference is the power, if all your use to is the vstar be care full as you crack that throttle the first time.

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How exactly can I get women to flashes at stop lights? Please?

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