Me and My V-Star

by Kay Giammanco
(Vacherie, LA, USA)

Kay's Yamaha V-Star 950 Tourer

Kay's Yamaha V-Star 950 Tourer

I'm Kay from Louisiana. My husband bought a 2009 Yamaha V-Star 950 as a means of transportation to and from work. We both had a long commute and thought a bike would help out with the monthly fuel bill. Well, one thing led to another and before I knew it I was hooked. I decided I didn't want to be a passenger anymore; I wanted to learn how to ride. I took the Motorcycle Safety and Training class in June and I haven't looked back. We decided, at first, that we would buy a smaller bike for me but all of our friends told me that I would be crazy to buy a smaller bike. I was determined, though, because I thought this would be best for me since I was a beginner. We went back to the same dealership we bought the V-Star and needless to say, the sales rep who sold us the V-Star talked me out of the smaller bike. We ended up buying my husband a new Roadliner Midnight 1900 and I kept the V-Star 950. Boy, am I glad I did. For me, this is the best riding bike. It is so comfortable and smooth riding; it just fits right.

I am 53 years old and I just can't get enough of riding my bike. I laugh every time we go to visit our kids, my oldest daughter, 27, just shakes her head and can't believe her old mom is a biker. She's expecting her first baby (a girl) and I told her that I'm going to introduce my granddaughter to the world of bike riding at an early age. I've already got a pair of boots and full leathers picked out for her.

My husband and I ride every chance we get; he's now retired and we spend almost every weekend on the road. I finally road my bike to work for the first time a couple of weeks ago (the weather finally cooperated); I'm an HR Manager and we have casual Fridays every Friday. I totally shocked most of the employees at our company. No one could believe that I actually rode a bike. It was awesome!!!

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Oct 12, 2016
U look good on your V-star NEW
by: Roy

I'am lookin at 2 2009 950tourer's one got 400mi tha other has 7,500mi.,both Blk.

Oct 03, 2011
Star 950
by: Outlawsr

Hey great story iama new rider and also went to my local yamaha dealer in gulf shores alabama gsps and well they put me on a vstar 950 i fell in love with it as soon as i sat on that low boy seat it was perfect. I have had it for aweek now put on 250 miles on it thefirst two days . Im havin a blast in south alabama

Dec 19, 2009
by: debbie giamanco

I have a Vstar 1100, live in San Diego ca. saw your last name and was surprised....wondering if we are related.....noticed that your last name is spelled with two m's.....I heard that is the correct way of spelling, but when my grandfather came over from Sicily he changed it to one m.


Dec 01, 2009
Great Story!
by: Kris in Valley Springs, CA

Hi Kay,

I loved your post and have nearly the same story. My husband and I have been riding 2 up for a couple of years and I got so tired of the "big black orb" in front of my face that I decided it was time for me to ride solo. I did what you did by taking a Motorcycle Safety Course last summer and then started looking for my own bike. My husband wanted me to ride his 1300 V-Star so he could get a bigger bike but I think that was a bit much for me to start out on... we settled on a Suzuki C50T and I love it! I don't think it's my last bike though. I hear some bigger cruisers calling my name. At 56yo, I'm just happy to be riding and I'm only sorry I didn't take the opportunity to ride sooner.

Have fun!

Nov 29, 2009
Ride on Ladies!
by: Pinky

I so enjoy reading about lady riders and their stories; how they come to love the motorcycle world and fit it into their daily lives. I started riding in 2004, and haven't looked back. I've ridden my Harley to Myrtle Beach, Sturgis, California, Denver, and more. It has become so much a part of my life, and I want to share it with everyone I come in contact with. Lady riders are making a huge impact on the motorcycle community, and thanks to sites like this, we're able to share our experiences. Keep on riding!

Nov 25, 2009
by: Sharon

This sounds so like myself 2 years ago. My husband bought a V-star 600. 6 months later he said he wanted a bigger bike and I should take the 600. I wasn't sure, a little nervous, but thought this was something my husband and me could do together.

The next summer I took the Safety Training course, passed, and also haven't looked back. I can't believe how much I love riding.

I ride with my husband and many of his co-workers. And I was introduced to a group of women who ride every Thursday during the summer months. Those who show up at a meeting spot go for a ride and dinner.

This past summer, (my 1st full summer on my bike)the women went on a 1200 mile ride!

This past September I was ready for an upgrade. You guessed it! Yamaha V-star950. I LOVE IT.

I was able to put on over 2000 miles before having to put it up for the winter. What a sad day it was! But we are already planning different rides for next spring & summer. Can't wait.

Safe riding,


Nov 16, 2009
Biker Girl
by: Anonymous

Good job! Been away from my bike for a couple of months...Still on the learning side...Hope I don't freak, getting back on...

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