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Reliable Cruiser?

Has anyone ridden the new Yammy Vstar 1300? I sat on
the heavy beast and it started working its hypnosis on me.
Liquid cooled, Belt drive, FI, tons of power, touring package.
Seems a nice ride for 2up long highway trips.
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we haven't sold one here yet. so far the only negative comment sitting in the showroom is that the seat is more of an "on-top" ride than down in the bike a bit more. but it does stack up very well on paper so far

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we haven't sold one here yet. so far the only negative comment sitting in the showroom is that the seat is more of an "on-top" ride than down in the bike a bit more. but it does stack up very well on paper so far
Thanks, that is one nit I am concerned about. The passenger's seat pad is ~3" higher than the driver. I'd rather it be a level position.

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Thanks, that is one nit I am concerned about. The passenger's seat pad is ~3" higher than the driver. I'd rather it be a level position.
It's so the passenger can see what you've failed to miss at the same time you do.




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It's so the passenger can see what you've failed to miss at the same time you do.
That means she can see how fast we are going.

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I used to have a V-star 650. Good running bike, comfortable ride, no power, but I'm sure the 1300 works that out.

Was a comfortable 2-up rider, but I sold it because it was so sluggish. It moved around a like a heavy brick. Maybe other cruisers are better, but I will probably never find out.

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sold it because it was so sluggish. It moved around a like a heavy brick.
2x the engine, FI, and belt drive fixed your 650s anemic power complaint.
I'm sure its extra 100lbs over your 650 didn't improve the handling. I nearly sprained my ankle holding it vertical.
It would be a straight freeway animal. The onramps and gas station driveways would be challenging enough.

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Thanks, that is one nit I am concerned about. The passenger's seat pad is ~3" higher than the driver. I'd rather it be a level position.
in all honesty, every cruiser i've got in our showroom has the passenger seat 3-6" higher than the middle of the driver's seat, as the passenger must sit above the rear wheel

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The onramps and gas station driveways would be challenging enough.
nah... onramps are just fine with a good, big-displacement cruiser.

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nah... onramps are just fine with a good, big-displacement cruiser.
Thank you for your inputs! Hmmm, the steering must have been greatly improved from the first generation Honda metric cruiser I tried. A benefit of a cruisers' lower height is less wind turbulence and noise. I would never part with my twisty road machine. So if the PO approval comes with a one-bike contingency forget it.

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yeah that's been my consideration of late. go with a more layed-back sport tourer or get a hotrod cruiser... decisions, decisions. and i'll still have a 600rr for track duty

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yeah that's been my consideration of late. go with a more layed-back sport tourer or get a hotrod cruiser... decisions, decisions. and i'll still have a 600rr for track duty
I wouldn't label the 80inch vstar a hotrod. Although it is a sweet balance!

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oh no, i mean like a warrior or mean streak

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oh no, i mean like a warrior or mean streak
With the warrior you give up the vstar1300's water cooled but gain 20HP at the SAME weight! Hmmm.

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oh no, i mean like a warrior or mean streak
That Kawi mean streak looks great and is liquid cooled! I want to contrast shaft drive reliability over belt drive efficiency (95ci should still be plenty of power). It's nice having so many options.

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If you get it, make sure you start a thread about what the loudest pipes you can get for it are...

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If you get it, make sure you start a thread about what the loudest pipes you can get for it are...
Wash your mouth out, with castor oil.


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What is the best Oil to use in a cruiser, I'm saving the repsol for the 954, but I've got either peanut oil, sesame, or olive oil in the cupboard. Is it OK to mix them, cuz it smells really good if you add a little sesame oil to peanut oil when you're stir frying. Would my bike smell like that too? If I strain the oil out of my cruiser at 3000 miles can I reuse it my deep fryer? Just for like french fries and stuff, not expensive stuff like good fish. I can spare some of the repsol for that.

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If you get it, make sure you start a thread about what the loudest pipes you can get for it are...
And give LDH a heart attack?

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I dont know a whole lot about the v-star 1300, saw a decent review of it on motorcycledaily.com though.

The meanstreak and warrior are both nice rides, The warrior has a gotten better reviews (for what thats worth) and it has lots of aftermarket support, Lots of customizing options.

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I dont know a whole lot about the v-star 1300, saw a decent review of it on motorcycledaily.com though.

The meanstreak and warrior are both nice rides, The warrior has a gotten better reviews (for what thats worth) and it has lots of aftermarket support, Lots of customizing options.
Thank you for the tips! If I could get past the mental block of primitive air cooled, the warrior would be the answer. Envisioning a ride through AZ in the >100o summer roasting my legs...

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What is the best Oil to use in a cruiser, I'm saving the repsol for the 954, but I've got either peanut oil, sesame, or olive oil in the cupboard. Is it OK to mix them, cuz it smells really good if you add a little sesame oil to peanut oil when you're stir frying. Would my bike smell like that too? If I strain the oil out of my cruiser at 3000 miles can I reuse it my deep fryer? Just for like french fries and stuff, not expensive stuff like good fish. I can spare some of the repsol for that.
I saw a video about the Honda 50 with Charlie Boorman where he replaced the engine oil with veggie oil. Not only did it run on the stuff, he said it felt smoother.

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i love this thing!!! the '07 matte black mean streak

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On our way to dinner we sat on a warrior. We liked its passenger seat being more level than vstar's, the inverted fork steering was slightly steeper and handlebars lower. The warrior's oversized pipe position reduced her leg extension by several inches. The salesman said that was remedied with a lower A/M pipe and peg plate extensions. Impressive for a 3yr old design.

We'll have to check out the sweet looking mean streak.

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I checked out the mean streak today. I liked how the massive HB clamps are swept back and its understated looks. The passenger part of the seat was small and the rider's part is over an inch lower than warrior's. I don't want a power robbing drive shaft... As usual no clear winner...except my 919!

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Speaking of loud pipes, what are the loudest pipes I can buy for my '07 Sportster?

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I've owned two cruisers -- a '98 Honda Magna and an '02 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500. The Magna is a power cruiser, tons of fun, and I wish I still had it. The Vulcan was big, heavy, lethargic, and had less lean angle than I liked -- way too easy to scrape hard parts. If I was going to a cruiser, I'd be looking at a V-Rod or a Victory Vegas.

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I've owned two cruisers -- a '98 Honda Magna and an '02 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500. The Magna is a power cruiser, tons of fun, and I wish I still had it. The Vulcan was big, heavy, lethargic, and had less lean angle than I liked -- way too easy to scrape hard parts. If I was going to a cruiser, I'd be looking at a V-Rod or a Victory Vegas.
Sat on a Kawi 1600 yesterday. That thing is way too HEAVY!!!
The Salesman clarified...it's low weight...

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That thing is way too HEAVY!!!

Hey!

My new RoadStar is a slim and trim 740lbs, thank you...

I only need three neighbors to help me push it up the driveway into the garage.


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That thing is way too HEAVY!!!

Hey!

My new RoadStar is a slim and trim 740lbs, thank you...

I only need three neighbors to help me push it up the driveway into the garage.

I put my prior 650lb ride on the South Beach Diet until it became a 9r!.

Your neighbors are nicer than mine. I still debate what the second bike will be...

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