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After nearly twenty odd years of not being on a bike, I also bought a V-Star 650 to regain my skills. It was a fun bike. Good luck!
 

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And you see, I thought it was my lack of experience. I have an '05 and I found the same to be true. I just figured, ok, it's a used bike and I haven't enough experience to know better anyway, but yeah, when I take off, it feels like it takes longer than it should to engage. Just one of those things I'll have to get used to, I suppose...no biggie. That's what I love about having access to the volumes of knowledge from the great folks here! Thanx so much!
Yeah, I thought I would get used to it as well, but I never did. Neither did my wife, who also rode it. That Seritec mod, for such a simple thing, made life much better. Enjoy your ride and hopefully you will look into a Triumph as your next bike. That's the route I took from the 650.
 

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That's what I love about having access to the volumes of knowledge from the great folks here! Thanx so much!
Everyone knows the Dog Institute is the suppository of all knowledge and forward thinking.
This forum is a dogs breakfast of disinformation, slander, lies, puns... puns for gods sake, bloody puns! Socialist propaganda, bragging, statistics, supermodels who can't tell one end of a bike from the other, right wing nut job ramblings, Haggis' avatar (damn your smoking hot Canadian women!), oil threads, "missing in action" Scratcher, random pictures of cats in selected threads, outright lies about how good "other" brands of bike are or aren't depending on the make...
Don't say Harley
Don't say Harley
Don't say Harley...


I am off for some quiet contemplation, they just restocked the think tank.
 

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Definately nothing wrong with the VStar. My Dad's neighbor has one and he loves it. I looked at one for my first bike but ended up lusting after my Adventurer once I saw it in an ad on Craigslist. Who knows, you may decide to keep it.
 

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I hate to say it, but I feel like a bit of a sell out. ...
I suggest that riding - or not riding - a certain brand of bike, or model of bike doesn't make or create a "sell out" situation.

It's what's inside the character (or lack of) of the rider that really counts, and only those that decide to gravitate into total jerks, and those that act in a way that draws bad or negative perspectives to overall motorcycle riding - THESE are the actual "sell-outs".

Ride whatever ya' want, and have fun doing it. Eventually, you'll find your zen bike.


Bob:D
 

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I just traded in my 2008 650 silverado for a Bonny T100. That 650 is an excellant first bike, enjoy it to the max. Put a couple of thousand miles on it, build up your skill and then go get the Triumph of your dreams. Bikes are like Ice Cream, it's all good.:D
 

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I suggest that riding - or not riding - a certain brand of bike, or model of bike doesn't make or create a "sell out" situation.
POPPYCOCK!!!

I felt like a sell out for the almost three years I was on the Honda and I thought I had an acceptable reason. Trading the 2007 VFR in on the Scrambler made me whole again.
 

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The OP is doing the right thing. If I had bought my Sprint first, something bad probably would have happened. The Ninja 500 taught me how to ride and how to avoid being smashed by a car, and I am thankful for having bought it first. Those V Star 650s have a lot of nice features for a smaller bike, too. We were seriously looking at them for my ex bf, but then he decided not to ride. We both liked it better than the Vulcan 500 or the Honda Shadow 750s.
 

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Thanx again, everyone for the support and feedback! I've been enjoying the heck out of the Yammy, but I'm still a Triumph advocate at heart and from the few miles I've logged so far, I can tell that it won't be long before I have a new or slightly used America! I logged a modest 112 miles yesterday...got to eat some bugs near sundown. Lol! It was tough to keep 'em out of my teeth, 'cause it was difficult to suppress the constant grin on my face! Oh, what a feelin'!! Oh yeah, I'm in it for sure! Took it out for some gas this morning and kept riding 'til black clouds threatened of stormy weather. Got home just before the bottom fell out...strong winds, hail and lightning. Not ready for that, just yet. Rain has subsided and tomorrow's a new day! Hmmmm, which direction will I head out? Who cares, just go!!!
 

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My first bike was a Yamaha RD350 (1974)....great bike to learn on and easy to pick up :D. You didn't sell out...you were wise to buy a used bike because if you drop it a few times while learning it will be less financially painful. Smart move. Now ride the wheels off of it and learn how to counter steer. I recommend you get a "Ride Like a Pro" DVD which will give you some great low speed techniques. Then find a remote parking lot and practice, practice, practice. :)

Congratulations & Ride safe.
I loved those bikes because they were screaming two strokes. My dad had a '73 RD350 and broke a collar bone when he dumped it pulling wheelies.

My brother and I gave him so much crap for showing off for the girls. :)

Kem
 

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The best bike i ever owned,was the one i was riding at the time. :)
Probably the best explanation I've seen yet!!
You sir, are correct!

Never let elitists or those desperately seeking validation tell you what YOU should be riding, you'll know when the feelin' is right.:cool:


Bob:D
 
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