1999 Yamaha V-Star Classic 650
Best bike I've ever owned, and I highly recommend it!
When I got my back tire changed, inexperienced mechanic, he over torched the cam shaft/rear brake, and when I pressed on it the cam shaft totally twisted and I was fortunate that the control arm wrapped around the axle in lieu of it going into my spoke tire! Tough bike! However, the oil filter is a royal pain to change!
I get so many compliments, always, hasn't been a negative as yet. One of the most common being it looks larger than it is, because beneficially a large gas tank at 4.6 gallons.
I'm a petite female at 115 lbs, 4'11", and this bike lowered phenomenally well. The weight is only 480 lbs. Being a previous Harley owner with back problems (now), the weight was vital.
I intended on trading to Harley when I purchased and after I strengthened my back, but I totally love this bike and will keep it, even if for spare.
Looks larger than actually is because of higher capacity gas tank.
Gorgeous two tone colors.
Modified to straight pipes.
Looks and sounds like a Harley with the benefits of 95% less required repairs!
Old style classic look is awesome and lowered very nicely.
Most importantly, handles very well with a great lightweight at 480 lbs.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th May, 2008
This is my original comment! I still own same bike, and still love it! was unfortunate to be rear ended on it by a car -- totally tough bike -- minimal damage to me and bike!!! I have an identical twin, including identical two tone paint, to replace and have it like brand new again!!! Even damaged rear fender, still rides sweet and get a lot of compliments on my bike!!! Highly recommend to buy this make and model!!!
I was the only one of my friends that did not own a bike. One evening, my friend said that he was offered a trade of a 1999 Yamaha V Star 650 Classic for his Suburban he was selling. He said I could have the bike and pay him when I was able to. I am 6'4" and weigh 265lbs. I was shocked how the bike had the look of a 1100 or better, but was leery. I took it for a test ride, and decided to go for it. Most people mistake it for a much bigger bike just like I did. I love the way it handles and looks. I go on many bike runs with much larger bikes, and I cruise right along with them at a steady 70 mph.
I have owned the bike for two years, and have had no regrets. I am not going to lie; I am ready for some more horse power, but I will stick with the V Star series. This is a great bike for beginners, and very easy to ride!