I now have a 650 classic, which I obtained used, '99 with 16000 miles. I have not been on a bike for over 40 years.
I knew that it would not be the fastest out there, but I am very happy. I get 55 mph on the road and cruise at the speed limit 70, without a problem. Most of the time I am on the back roads at 55 to 65 with one up. The longest trip to date has been 85 miles, about 2 hours with a stop or two.
I was not sure if I wanted to get back into riding after so long, but I found a deal. The former owner wanted a bigger bike! He had found a new bike, and his wife did not think he needed two.
I have added a road bar and luggage rack, and updated the saddle bags. I have been told that this is a good starter bike, but I consider it an ideal choice to just enjoy. Reasonable cost to own and operate. Good size for the highway and enough power to keep you out of trouble, without getting you in trouble.
I had the 2004 650 classic and I've upgraded to Star 1300T. I had more than 10,000 miles in 4 years. It's a nice looking, excellent bike. There are only two things I'd like to share:
1. It vibrates at about 60 mph - people on the forums acknowledged it's normal.
2. A little short between my feet and my bottom.
That's all. Enjoy!
I totally agree with everything said in the previous comments. This bike top ends around 95mph, which is fast enough for a ticket. I usually ride in the 80 - 90 mph area. Sometimes though I want a little more.
The fastest I have ever been on two wheels actually supersedes the fastest I have ever been on four. Back in 1987 I topped a cafe racer out at 206mph. I guess that was probably the stupidest thing I have ever done, not including marrying my ex-wife Becky. 206mph was a lot more fun though, and a lot safer.
Anyway, the thing I wanted to relay was that if you're looking for Harley high-end performance, you won't find it here. But these also don't breakdown as much. However they do have great looks much like the Harley Low-rider. Right now I am in the process of tricking it out and I am having a great time doing it.
I had my v star 650 for about a month. I bought it on Craigslist and it is 2002 with 20,000 miles. I took it to a private dealer to look at before I bought it, and he looked at it with a microscope. He loved it and gave me the go ahead. I am a big boy around 300 pounds. And the bike has been great! I have tested it in every way!
I ride a 650 Classic and it;s bad ass! Hyper charger, custom pipes, mini 16 apes, and spikes everywhere. Couldn't have dreamed for a better first bike. I bought this bike so I could go full throttle and not kill myself, and it's been perfect. Loud, cool, and fast enough for someone still tackling the horror of riding in traffic. I'll never sell this bike! I'm moving on to a Yama R1, but I'd recommend a V-Star 650 Classic to everyone who loves to ride bikes.
Hello all, I was just setting here and reading all the good things you guys were saying about the Yamaha V-Star.
That's great to hear, I have my eyes on a 07 650 V-Star Custom for my wife, but not sure if she's going to like it or not.
Just looking at it with that nice red color with the gray stripes on it, and all chrome out, man I tell you I'm sold on it myself.
I feel like this will make her a great bike myself, but we'll see.
I ride a 05 Hayabusa myself, but the V-Star looks cool.
I own a 2005 V Star 650 Silverado and absolutely love my bike. Went from a sports bike to this when I turned 40, and haven't regretted it for one moment. I really have it chromed out with some 12" mini apes, all braided cables, white walls, jetted with a Baron Big Air Kit and some 2.75 HD pipes that give it one hell of a sound. I also added some hard patrol bags to it. Most people thinks it's a Harley. Not! "LOL" Be safe out there on them 2s. "FTWs"
I brought my 04 650 Custom in February 2010, haven't ridden a bike in 28 years and I'm 53 now. Last bike was a CB750 custom Honda. I took the 3 day course at Sheridan College and boy was I glad I did.
I love the feel of this bike, and for me it has plenty of power, cruise at 120-125 kmph all day long. I've had the same comments as another on here, people think it's an 1100. I've added saddle bags, sissy bar, drivers back rest, windshield and have crash bars on the way. Bike looks awesome and it's black.
It had 8000 miles on it and came up from Florida. I've change the oil in the engine and rear drive, put in new air filter and I've already put 300 kms on it, (have to calculate because it is in miles). I would recommend this bike to anybody that loves to ride.
I just got back into riding after 30 years. I rode 250 Enduro and I wanted to buy the 950 V Star, but I came across a 650 V Star and the deal was great (he needed the $), so after 30 years of not riding this bike is great. I have taken other bikes out for dealer rides and I will buy another Yamaha (RAIDER). Great bike low, good balance, I would say this would be the best bike for a new cruising rider or someone like myself, getting back into it after 30 years. I stay in pace with my riding buds who ride 1500cc (HD MONEY). The bike still has more in it.
I bought a 2000 650 Classic with 3,000 miles on it last year. I put 5,000 on it just leisure riding around the countryside, and it has been flawless. What a great piece of machinery! Zero problems, and just plain fun!
I recently purchased a V-Star 650 Silverado Classic. Many of my friends who just happen to ride HD said I wouldn't like it.I've had it for about 2 months and have put about 3000 miles on it. I've been riding for about 20 years now, and this may not be the fastest bike out there, but it stays up with all my HD riding buddies just fine, rides very comfortably, and didn't come close to the cost theirs did. The plus it's a beautiful bike. So I have no complaints at all.
Hi everyone; I own a 2005 650 Silverado, I bought it in 2007. It had 4000 km... It now has near 30,000 km, and never any problems.
The engine is rather noisy, especially in a cold start. I've told by the mechanic it is the clutch, and is normal. I enjoy the ride; it has more than enough power for an old fart like me, LOL.
I am almost 61 years old and hadn't ridden in 40 years. The reason I purchased this bike is a friend had gotten a 2004 classic. When I first saw it, it reminded me of the old 45 cu. in. Harley. It is a joy to ride, I find it a little cramped when mom goes on the back, but still like the ride.
I'll never part with this machine, even if I were to get a bigger bike.