2009 Yamaha V Star 650 Custom
(Washington State, USA)
I had ridden small bikes like 125's & my Dad's Honda 350 as a kid. Now that my children are all grown and moved out I decided to ride again so I took a motorcycle safety course on a 125 yamaha. It was so dinky!! But good to get my confidence. So after the course i purchased the 650. I've only had it a couple of months and think it is a great little bike to zip around town on. But I can see I'm already outgrowing it due to lack of HWY cruising power and my desire to keep up with the guys and wanting a smoother ride. I'm a woman by the way. So, I now would actualy like to buy a Harley Deluxe classic 96 ci. I've found that riding carefully and handling the power appropriately means more than the size of the bike within reason of course. The Harley is actually easier to balance for me. Anyway... moral of my story is you outgrow bikes very rapidly if you ride a lot!!! If you ride highway verses town or country roads you need smooth cruising power for sure.