2006 Yamaha Vstar 650
by RaeJean Fournet
This is my second bike even though I have only been riding for a little over a year. The first bike I purchased was a 1996 Vulcan 800A. This bike was customized to the "max" with forward controls, hyper-charger, drag bars, Corbin seat, drag pipes, etc. This bike was awesome, but definitely not for a novice rider. I dropped the bike more than once (at low speeds), didn't cause any damage to the bike but sure damaged my pride a lot! I changed the handlebars and the pegs which made it easier for me to ride but being a chain driven bike I had a lot of trouble on the take off. The last time I rode it I laid it down turning a corner off my street, again didn't hurt anything but my pride.
I sold the bike and purchased the Vstar, which is a much better fit for me as a still novice rider. This bike is easy on the take-off, comfortable to ride and easy to control. The only issue I have with the bike is the friction zone on the clutch. I still have had limited riding experience with this bike so I am still getting the feel of the clutch etc. I do love the bike though, as a 50+ new rider this bike is much more my personal style.