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Discussion in 'Moto Club' started by NotAMonte86, Sep 13, 2006.

  1. NotAMonte86

    NotAMonte86

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    Hey everyone, thought I would share my very first bike with you all.
    It's an '04 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom. Bought it just a couple weeks ago with only 250 miles on it.

    CycleTrader photo:
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    For years I had always imagined starting on a Ninja 500, then moving up to a Honda F4i. But I had suddenly become entranced with the look of a cruiser. The low seat height of a cruiser is great. The riding position is comfy. Most people my age (mid 20's) only ride sportbikes (and swear a 600cc crotch rocket is a good starter). Well, I have no desire to ride like an idiot, move at 100+ mph, pop wheelies on the road, etc. I knew my first bike would be slower than my car (mid 12-sec. Buick when it was running), and that was ok with me.
    A smaller engine has plenty of benefits: safer for a beginner, better on gas, cheaper to buy, cheaper to insure, lighter overall weight, etc.
    I started out just riding around my neighborhood, then hitting the street, avoiding major intersections and high-traffic times of the day. I've put a little over 50 miles on it so far and love it. It came with a Vance & Hines exhaust, but had not been rejetted. I fixed that a couple days ago (first time ever taking a carb apart). I still have to shim the needles, then balance the carbs... so once I tune it in this week, I can't wait to see how it runs. Once I know it's right, then I will venture further with caution.

    Even for my small trips up and down the street I wear my leather jacket and helmet (in this crazy heat), this was just a demo ride around the neighborhood block to show my mom and sister... I didn't realize my sis had snagged her camera:
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    Black w/ chrome is the only way to go! It's got a big-boy look to it with a beginner-friendly air-cooled engine. Another plus is the shaft-drive.

    Other cruisers I had considered were the Shadow Spirit 750, Vulcan 500, and maybe the Suzuki S40 (650cc thumper). I am quite happy with my decision. Despite what my peers tell me, I don't think I will "hate myself" for my decision and I don't think I will "outgrow it in a month." Also, I took the MSF beginners course about a month ago and highly recommend it. Well, if you read all the way through this boring rambling post, thanks! :banana:
     
  2. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    Congratulations on your new ride. Just remember that you're riding for you and not anybody else so buy your bike accordingly.
     

  3. J.R. Bob Dobbs

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    Congratulations, that's a nice looking bike.

    No matter what your buddies recommend, as long as you don't buy a brand-new bike as a starter, you really can't go wrong. Buying used you're free to buy and sell at will w/o worrying about the initial huge depreciation. I starting riding 14 months ago, and am already on my third bike :shocked: but have gotten all my money back on the first two, not counting tires.

    Ride safe, wear your gear (nag nag), and most of all get out there and enjoy it. It has become a real addiction for me, hope it's just as much fun for you.
     
  4. Big_Jim

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    Very Cool!!, Ya' done good.

    Your bike is similar to mine, a 2003 Honda 750 ACE.
     
  5. bac1023

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    Nice bike! You certainly look happy riding it.:supergrin:
     
  6. WellArmedSheep

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    I started out on a V-Star 650 Classic and it was a great bike. No mechanical problems whatsoever, and lots of ways to personalize it. Congrats on your new bike, and ride safe!
     
  7. wolfy692005

    wolfy692005 pro tinkerer

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    i started out on dirt bikes...loved em.. then went to a honda 350 street bike... and on and on and on... man i love riding.. glad you do to... keep it up..
     
  8. FoxMustang

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    That's a good lookin' bike :thumbsup:

    Now how about some pics of that Buick? GN? T-Type? :supergrin:
     
  9. NotAMonte86

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    Thanks for the replies everyone. The V-Star 650 is quite popular as a beginner bike. I am lucky enough to have found a V-Star 650 specific forum, and have learned quite a bit. That's how I learned to shim the stock needles and synch the carbs with a home-made synching tool, all of which I accomplished yesterday.

    I don't see myself outgrowing it anytime soon, but I really like the look of the Suzuki M50. I had no intention of buying a brand new bike, and I most likely won't in the future as it's just not worth it to me. I got this '04 w/ 250mi. at a good used price and should easily sell it for what I paid when the time comes.

    M50 Black:
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  10. NotAMonte86

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  11. 1st. Nice bike.
    2nd. Get a Helmet.

    I don't mean to preach or anything and you may never crash, but with all the dumb cagers on the road you won't have to, they'll help you out. I've seen this happen time and again, and just came back from The Dragon on Labor Day. I was riding in (Your) area and I saw 3 accidents in one day, blew me away. You made the right decision with a Glock for personal protection, now protect your head...


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  12. fnfalman

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    He does have a helmet. When this picture was taken, he just rode it around the block to show it off to his sister and mom.
     
  13. Elmstreet

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    May you always be as happy and content as you are in that second photo.

    The V-Stars are great machines. Should keep you content for a long time to come.
     
  14. It's bad enuff to loose a fellow shooter, much less a biker.
    I'm glad you gotta helmet.
    Somewhere, lol.

     
  15. NotAMonte86

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    Hey everyone, it's been 4 months, and I have new updated pics. I'd been tinkering with the bike up until the holidays on a regular basis. It is great to ride, and I think it looks good:

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    Modifications include:
    -custom seat
    -custom side-mount license plate bracket
    -custom rear turn signals integrated into brakelamp
    -small front turn signals
    -lowered 4" in the rear
    -maltese "chopper" cross mounted in place of stock airbox (which is unused due to the intake kit... the cross is a trailer hitch cover)

    With the lowered stance and thin seat, seat height is only 21"! I did all the work myself, with the occasional assistance and borrowing of tools (such as air stapler to make the seat) from co-workers. Two other mods I was considering was to make brackets for forward controls (mount the footwork about 4" forward), and chopping the rear fender. Obviously I like the chopper look, and that's what I've been trying to achieve while still having a beginner-friendly & affordable bike.

    I have more pics on the following link:
    http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v311/NotAMonte86/Yamaha V-Star/

    There's also a "projects" sub-folder for some of the mods I've done. This bike is fun to work on. At one point I was out of ideas, but I was getting jittery and that's when I decided to make the side-mount license plate bracket. Hope you enjoy!
     
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    Hey man... you were right in that modern 600's aren't starter bikes, however not all sport riders are idiots! Many of us have no desire to do wheels, stunt, or the other stupid stuff... ohh yeah, how else would you guys keep entertained down there, you have no curves!!! :rofl:

    Seriously tho, thats a nice bike! Props on going to the riding school, that was the best thing I ever did and I'm always preaching that to anyone who says they want to get into riding!

    Welcome to the addiction!

    Ride safe! :supergrin:
     
  17. fnfalman

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    Glad to see you're enjoying the bike. Ride safe.
     
  18. g29andy

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    Nice GN. I've always wanted one of those.
     
  19. freakshow10mm

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    Those bikes are fun. I rode one down in WI when I was shopping around for a bike. I like the V-Star 650 and the M50 (blue of course).
     
  20. NotAMonte86

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    Thanks for the compliments... I know not all sportbike riders are idiots, I know a few who have been responsible. I recently test rode an sv650s and even that felt too sporty, I felt like I would go flying over the handlebars.
    I'm trying to find something standard and naked. SV650, Monster 620/750, Honda 599, etc. Any other good ones?

    I'm finally selling the Buick. It's been sitting for a couple of years, I was rebuilding the motor but completely lost interest. I'm trying to dump it now for a loss, but at least it will clear up garage space. I used to really enjoy that car, now I don't like even looking at it. The whole reason the car has sat is because I took it to a shop for new tires and an alignment, and I got it back after a 5-min. road test with rod knock. I lost the fight, and what was once my one and only hobby now makes me sick.