I bought a 1999 V-star 650 Classic. I took the rear seat off and it looks really good like that. I've taken the wife for a couple of rides before I took the rear seat off, but it really is not ideal for two-up riding.
So the wife has finally gotten her endorsement, and it is time for her to spent some time in the Theater parking lot. This bike is perfect for her to cut her teeth on. Next year I'm going to move on to something a little bigger. The wife really likes the looks and feel of the 650, so I won't have to worry about getting her something else for a while.
The bike had some vibration in the bars, so I filled them with BBs and it rides a lot better on the hyw. I also got a set of the "Floating" type foot boards off an 03 with a toe heel shifter. I really went from a bike that I could barely do an hour on, to a bike that I could run out of gas (even with the nice big tank) if I'm not careful.
Very well rounded bike, and the looks are a huge plus.
My husband told me to start looking for a new bike for my wedding present. I found my V Star 650 Custom on line at a dealer I've know for 25 years, and just had to take a look in person. I fell in love as soon as my big butt hit the seat. I sat on a few others, but this baby kept calling me back. It was a perfect fit. I'm short and stocky, and have had my share of bikes in my 54 years, but this is my love. Nothing like a bike choosing you!! By the way, we were together for 20 years before the big day. What a present!!!
I just bought my 2005 650 Silverado from a local dealer. He was showing me bikes all over the showroom (all new, all in the 900 to 1100 range, and all in the $10K range) and they were more than I knew I could handle (I'm a new rider).
I finally asked him if he had any VStar's, and he showed me this 650. It had 8500 miles on it, not a scratch, custom pipes, lots of chrome and leather... it was a pretty bike. I sat on it, and my wife and I knew this was the one. It felt perfect. An hour of paperwork later, I was driving it home. It's the perfect bike for us. I'm only 5'7", so the height was perfect. It has plenty of power to handle the both of us, not too heavy, the seats are comfortable, and the price was right.
Very happy with our purchase. I'm sure we'll be looking for something with a little more pep in a year or so (or this bike will become hers :-) ), but for now, it's the perfect starter cruiser.
I ride a 2003 V-Star Custom, and it's the perfect bike for me. It's got 40,000 miles and still going strong. Unlike most riders, I kept mine stock. These bikes are precision built in my opinion.
Other than oil changes, tires, and regular maintenance, I've never had any mechanical issues... ever. That's something when looking at a 40k mile bike.
I'm short, so I like the fact that I can still place both feet on the ground at the same time with this bike.
Lots of people remark about this being a great beginner bike. Well, yes... but I think it's great for much more than that. God willing, I'll be riding this bike for many years yet.
Upgrade to a newer bike... please, this bike has everything to keep me happy.
I bought a Honda 250 last summer on my 64th birthday. Really love riding, but it's time to feel a little more power and more weight on the ground. I have an opportunity to buy a 2005 VStar650 classic, and very much enjoyed your comment.
I own a 2002 V-Star 650. I currently have 9k miles on it, and it still rides like new. Handles great and plenty of power. Fits me better than any bike I've had. I'm 6'2 and 240, and it seems a perfect size. Would highly recommend for any driver. Like others have said, I don't think I'd ever sell it.
I just purchased a 2003 Yamaha VStar 650 Custom. I've put almost 2500 miles on it in the month I've had it. I'm 6'3" and 245 lbs. I love this bike, I've had mine up to 90 mph and still had throttle left. It takes about twelve bucks to fill up, and I'm getting 40 mpg, at the least.
I hadn't ridden in over twenty years, and I was a crotch rocket guy and used to love the power and speed; now I like a comfortable cruise, with power when you need it. There are so many accessories to buy for these bikes, it's sick how fast and cheaply you can totally customize your bike, and yes, everyone thinks it's an 1100 HD. Great ride, great fun, complete reliability. Do yourself a favor and ride one.
I just got my endorsements and was looking around the local showroom for "my" bike... Yeah, the HD Sportsters are really nice, but realistically, for myself (a first time street biker), I thought I would go for something a little less expensive. The 2002 V-Star caught my eye, and I can't get enough of it! Took it for a test ride the other day, and it's AMAZING! Doing the paperwork tomorrow, and I'll have myself what looks like, and from all of your comments, sounds like, a wonderful bike.
Thank you all for your helpful comments.
You say your 650 tops out at 95mph. I've noticed my 650 has trouble getting up to 70mph. Is your bike modified? If so, in what way?