Yamaha VStar 650 Classic

by Bad Kitty (Natalie)
(Chattanooga, TN)

Hi ladies...
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

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Feb 14, 2013
by: Anonymous

Havent riden since I was 17 but turned 52 and had to have a bike ... i'm 5'4' and 130lbs ... bought a 2002 vstar 650 last summer and absolutely fell in love with it ... can't bring myself to replace it so I am having it custom painted this week ... beautiful bike ... extremely comfortable ... I can ride for at least 2 hours without a break ... keeps up with my husband's vstar 1100 easily ... get lots of looks and comments ...

Aug 21, 2010
Road Trip
by: Irish

This is a great bike! We just took a 12 day-3,000 mile road trip from Seattle, WA to Sturgis, SD. The bike handled the freeway speeds and winding back roads with ease. I'm 4' 10" and had the 1 and 1/2 inch lowering kit put on it. It keeps right up with my husbands HD...no problem

Aug 04, 2010
Super Bike
by: TC

I have a V-Star Classic 650 that is jetted and chromed to the max, white wall tires. I get a lot of compliments on my bike especially from HD riders. The V-star is a full size bike without taking away the sexy curves and looking bulky. I bought this 2006 bike in 2005 and have never had a problem with it. I cruise on this bike for 8 to 12 hours at a time; now that?s reliability.

Jul 25, 2010
Perfect Bike for Shorties
by: Katie

I am 5'1" and all torso. I have short arms, short legs, and wanted a motorcycle perfect for me. This one turned out perfect. For the person who wanted to know if it fits shorter people, ABSOLUTELY!

May 13, 2010
by: Anonymous

If under 5' 6" is this bike to big?

Oct 19, 2009
by: David

I bought a 650 Silverado new in 2007. I have ridden all types and brands of bikes, including Harleys. The quality and reliability of the Star bikes is second to none. Sure you have to do regular maintenance, but this is the most reliable and best handling bike I have been on. If you want a Harley, go buy it if you have deep pockets to keep it running. As for me, I will always be on a Yamaha. I am a rider, and I want a dependable bike. If that's what you want, Stars are the bikes!

Sep 03, 2009
Love My V Star
by: Gypsy13

Bought my Dragonfly 6 yrs. ago. Walked in the show room and there she was, she was talkin to me. " and i know you all know what i mean.

I had looked at several different bikes. but this was. the one..
I have done a few mods on her. Put a set ape hangers on her, took the back set off and also put old style saddle bags along with a set of straight pipes..

i'll never ride anything else!

Aug 19, 2009
I too...
by: Anonymous

I bought a 2002 Yamaha V Star 650 Custom as my first bike and I LOVE IT!

The clutch feel was a little hard to get use to, but after playing in the drive way for the friction zone on a hill, it is much better.

I am a Yama Momma!

Jul 30, 2009
Perfect Bike
by: RaeJean

I recently (Feb. 2009) purchased a VStar 650 and love the bike. This is my second bike, my first one was a 1996 Vulcan 800A which is not a good starter bike. My sister-in-law owns a 650 and recommended it for a first bike. I found the bike easy to handle, comfortable to ride and beautiful to look at. I don't think I will ever need a different bike, this one is perfect!

Jun 20, 2009
Yamaha V Star 650 Classic
by: Anonymous

I've been only riding for three years.I didn't know nor had planed on even riding motorcycles 'til my neighbor at my parents old house got my step dad into it. Then he went out and bought him a '96 Honda Goldwing for his first bike. I went out and bought a dirtbike and was gonna get into motocross racing. Well that all changed after having the dirt bike for only two months. I sold it to my neighbors wife's son and bought an '05 Honda Rebel 250 that a guy had that my step dad worked with. I had that for three years. Well My step dad sold his Goldwing and bought himself a Harley awhile back. After awhile of me riding my Rebel I got tired of not being able to keep up with him and feelin' like a midget also sometime even though I'm only 5'4. But when you've been out riding for awhile it gets uncomfortable. So I decided to get I had enough experience riding on this Rebel that I wanted to go look for a new one. So I did on 4/25/09 I went out to a Yamaha dealer and seen this '04 Yamaha Classic 650. I didn't like it at first cause of the way the turn signals are designed I guess, but I got over that real Quick after I heard the exhaust. She sounded Awesome. I've never owned a Yamaha before but if I get another one it'll be a Yamaha though. But I will not get it at the dealer where I got it at though. I'll go somewhere else. It cost me about 230 to get new intake tubes put on that goes by the carb. It had a crack in it and was very, very hard to start and I thought it was the battery, but after I found out what it was I was pissed because they were supposed to make sure everything was ok on the bike. Then I had to turn around and buy a jet kit to put on there because apparently the guy that had it put aftermarket exhaust kit on it and didn't put a jet kit on there. Boy I was Pissed. So a Word of advice...if anyone in Killeen, Tx or know anyone in Killeen, Tx, tell them not to go to Texas Motorsports known as a Yamaha Dealer. They'll R I P U off. Sorry for the long story. Take Care and Ride Safe "Can't Keep Up With The Big Dogs Keep Your Azz on The Porch" as the sayin' goes!

Feb 27, 2009
by: kathleen "cruser"

Love my 650 v-star and along with all the other great things already written here I have no prob keeping up with husband on his 1100 v-star. We are a Yamaha family and plan to stay that way. They are a great bike.

Nov 25, 2008
Ummm Great for Men Too
by: v star 650 rider

I've been riding motorcycles for 30 years and picked up a V Star 650 Silverado about a year ago. By far this is my fav bike of all time...It screams and your right, it has the looks and comfort. Anyway, I hope you have as much fun on yours, as I do mine.

Sep 06, 2008
I agree
by: claire

I have a Yamaha V-Star Classic too. I got it after riding a scooter!!!!! I love how it handles, I can reach the ground, reverse it comfortably, the signal, horn, everything is easy to reach without looking...I'm just comfortable on it. I saw a bigger one that was a beauty but I hestitate because when I'm on this bike it's just a part of me. I've been riding it for about two years now and it feels like an old friend. Can't say enough about it! Enjoy and stay safe! Claire

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