Yamaha VStar 650 Classic
by Bad Kitty (Natalie)
After 20+ years of being a "fender princess", I recently purchased my first bike (about 3 weeks ago). It is a lovely Yamaha VStar 650 Classic. (649 CC).
I was searching for the "perfect fit" in a cruiser-style bike, and I knew we were a perfect match the first time I sat on it in the show room. For me, being a first time rider, comfort and manageability was most important. These are the things I noticed: the bike has a great seat height for my proportions (I'm 5'6" tall - about 140 lbs) my feet easily reach flatly and securely to the road when stopped, it has exceptional seat comfort (seat is narrow in front, fits female upper legs and bottom very nicely), it has great handlebar reach, it also has nice flat(lady shoe size) foot rests, with toe-up and heel-down clutch). And of course, it's visually A BEAUTY!!!
(Black metal-flake paint with pretty light and dark gray ghost flames on the tank, it has graceful, curvy lines and lots of chrome, "blacked out" v-block, very impressive).
I agree that the Vstar 650 Classic is well balanced, and I feel able to easliy manuever it - steering, stopping, acceleratig, etc. are easily done. Also, the weight is not overwhelming to me, as was the Harley Sportster I was looking at previously.
I was able to learn to ride her after practicing in parking lots and on the road for 2 weeks, and was able to pass the (TN) state license knowledge & riding test and got my "M" classification license. I really look forward to riding my "little black beast" in the beautiful Tennessee mountains. I would highly recommend this bike as a starter bike for women! Kitty in Chattanooga