2000 Yamaha V-Star Classic 650
This is a very good bike, but be prepared to go bigger, because you will almost immediately want to
Front rider lamp is out, but the blinker still works.
First of all, this is my first bike, and overall I am pleased with what I have. It's not without flaws, but for a 10 year old bike, I'd say that it's quite reliable. The previous owner had absolutely no trouble with it.
Pros - Great bike for a beginner or someone who is vertically challenged. I am 5-10, 230, and while I do kind of feel like I'm a little big for the bike, it accelerates and handles well. She came with Cobra Slashdowns, so I was immediately in love with the sound.
This bike has gonads. It's a head turner, too. I'm always getting strangers that walk up to me paying compliments. When cleaned up, the chrome speaks to you. It says something like, "I will blind you if you stare too long."
I have read other posts saying that the clutch is slippery or almost goes out, if not completely, upon release. I haven't had that problem. I am teaching my 15 year old how to use the clutch and he hasn't had a problem, other than his own inexperience.
Cons- If you are thinking about buying this bike as a starter, you can do yourself a huge favor by having the ability to go out and get a bigger bike as soon as you're ready. While it has plenty of power for riding in the city, the interstate is going to put the shortcomings of this bike on BLAST!! At about 60mph, you're going to feel the limits of the bike creep in. At 65mph, you're pretty much maxed out. Anything above that, you're in the middle of a vibrating cyclone and you had better take it down a notch, for safety's sake. I would love to ride my bike to work, but it's an hour long ride on I-40. And with traffic flying by at 80mph, it's just not safe.
I already mentioned the front rider light, so enough said. I know it's not called a rider light, but you get the point. Can't think of the name right now.
The tail light assembly is somewhat wide for my taste. To avoid getting one of your rear signal lights knocked off, you should probably go with a shorter aftermarket set, or just a tombstone tail light, if your state will allow it.
I realize that my cons paragraph is much longer than my pros, but let me reassure you that I think this bike is quite exceptional. I would just like more highway power and less vibration.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th April, 2010