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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-10-2010, 12:50 AM Thread Starter
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vtx 1300 vs v-star 1300

At first I was thinking about a Yamaha v-star 1300 because I once had a v-star 650 and I liked it pretty good. So I went to the Yamaha dealer and sat on one. I was really suprised. It was top heavy and bulky feeling. I am 5'7". Also it was way too tall. Also the Yamaha dealer was asking more than MSRP. Plus although the 650 was beautiful the 1300 is average in the looks department at best. (IMHO) Also the 08's have a problem with their clutch.
Then I went to the honda dealer... When I sat on a vtx I was totally suprised how light it felt considering it weighs 675 pounds. Plus the seat was really low and I could reach the ground super well. Also it is totally beautiful. Plus they were selling brand new 07's for 7500 which is like 3000 dollars less than the v-star. When I started riding the vtx I was glad to discover that it handles better than any bike I have ever been on. It is nimble and easy to control and is perfectly balanced. I like the shaft drive better than the belt on the star.... but I must admit that the fuel injection would be nice. All in all I definately made the right decision. Do you think the v star has any advantages over the vtx? How about gearing speed and power? Has anyone ever ridden one? Just curious. John.
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-10-2010, 01:26 AM
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Just curious...you test rode the VTX, but not the Yamaha? Then you purchased the VTX, not the Yamaha? Sounds like you made the right choice, that being the bike you wanted. Ride on!
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The Star is unquestionably a great bike as is the VTX. Very tightly screwed together. I test rode one and it felt like a much bigger bike. As I was upgrading from an Aero 750, financing with Honda was a breeze so that's the way I went.

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When I test rode the Star 1300 it felt like I was perched on top of the bike instead of sitting in the bike like I feel with my VTX. The handlebars seemed like I could be pushing a wheelbarrow. I confirmed to myself that we had made the correct purchases. (Like there was ever any doubt!)

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When I test rode the Star 1300 it felt like I was perched on top of the bike instead of sitting in the bike like I feel with my VTX. The handlebars seemed like I could be pushing a wheelbarrow. I confirmed to myself that we had made the correct purchases. (Like there was ever any doubt!)
I felt the same way when I sat on the Star 1300. Didn't feel comfortable at all, like I was on top of the thing. I'm sure it is a great bike, but I just love everything about the VTX 1300.

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I will never forget the first time I sat on the VTX 1300, it just felt right. I bought a sportbike, then sold the sportbike after a couple of years, but now I finally got a VTX 1300.

I also liked the feel of the Warrior, but that is another story.

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I take an annual motorcycle trip with my best friend who has a star 1300, I have a 2004 vtx 1300s. Both bikes have performed flawlessly. The star does seem to get a bit better gas mileage compared to the vtx. My buddy went with the star over the vtx because he wanted the fuel injection and felt the belt drive would give him more low end torque. Regardless, I love my VTX!
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The Star does have that "sitting on, not in". Riding it reminds me of the old 50's bikes, especially with that nacelle-mounted speedo. Strictly retro!

I still might buy one.

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Just some added thoughts. I seem to recall that the seat height/feel was one of the main complaints when the star 1300 came out and in more recent models they did lower the seat height. However, even with the lower height, you still feel like you're sitting on top of the bike...I know I did when I tested a new model not too long ago.

I am sure the Star 1300 is a good bike. That being said, I remember when it wasn't too long after that model first came out I was strolling around a dealership (Honda and Yamaha) in Florida looking. In the used bike section they had two Star 1300s. both the first model year and first low miles, for sale. I just wondered why two owners sold them or traded them in so soon.

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I was also trying to decide between a Roadstar Silverado and a VTX 1300. I found both bikes to be visually the same for the most part. Cost and the fact that the VTX was water cooled pretty much sealed the deal.
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