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ive owned and ridden 3 types of custom motorcycles, xv750 yam, vn750 kwak, and my present bike xvs650dragstar classic, the latter is the best custom i have ridden ,but you have to keep on top of the cleaning all year round and frequent oil changes as the air cooled motor gets very hot in slow moving traffic, most of my journeys have been with my wife as a pillion but the bike can cruise at 70-80mph and return 50-60mpg, the only gripe i can mention has to be the lack of ground clearance when cornering two up, ive fitted footboards full screen and rack and cissy bar, the paintwork is red and black and loads of chrome to polish,ive had this bike for over 5 years and would not sell it, my wife and i bought the bike on our 39th wedding anniversary and we are both in our 60,s.
I have started biking about 1.5 years ago and bought a yamaha Dragstar 650. And I love my bike. Its fast enough on a long tour ( went to Holland last June), has not let me down once, has big bike looks and plenty of chrome and is cheap to run as well. Really, what more do you want? When driving to town its an eye turner and there are still plenty of accessories to get. Also there are Owners clubs around in which you can enjoy the bike with other likely minded bikers. All great fun. Definately the best buy I have ever made. Very very recommendable as a starter bike for men and women alike.
This is a great bike for the beginner or someone wanting to see if they want to ride . No need to spend a ton of money because it's cheap up front and looks great in stock form . Low seat height and well balanced , it instills great confidence and handles well though a little underpowered . If you ride a lot of highway miles the buzz/vibration around 60-65 mph may be of concern ( it does turn 4000 rpm at 60 mph ) but cruising around town it is well within its element . Easily customized and plenty of aftermarket support make this a good choice to build a awesome looking ride dirt cheap . Look at mine here .. http://www.fantasiesonwheels.com/650Star.htm
I bought my dragstar 2.5 years ago and use it to commute 15miles to and from work every day. Come rain or shine it gets to from A to B. The engine is as big as it needs to be for the lightweight cruiser that it is. Is has the ablility to have lots of accessories. It is definately a bike for the cruisers mentality not the lovers of the Plastic Bullets style Racing Bikes. It has Chrome all over so when clean it shines brightly above the rest. This is a personal opinion, I like chrome not plastic. It is a bbae magnet and pulls nvious eyes from all, as you cruise around. The bike is still powerful enough to leave a Porsche standing at the green light. Most importantly In my time in ownership I have had three coming togethers with blind drivers and have been able to get up and ride away with only superficial damage. Sadly, as my MS gains a stronger hold on my body, I have recently stopped riding it, and willprobably cry when it is finally sold.