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versys or yamaha vstar 950

Would any of you v riders ever consider swiching over to a cruiser bike like the v star 950?
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I own a Vstar 1300 (same chassis as the 950) and For longer rides it is great. Even the handling is gazelle like compared to an HD soft tail (the most comparable HD). The 950 is about 100 lbs, lighter than the 1300. If forced to choose, I would keep the Vstar.
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Cruisers are cool. I personally just prefer a standard type seating position. I loved my 06 Harley XL1200R.
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too small a bike for me. I have a mean streak 1600 and a Vulcan Voyager 1700. The Versys out performs both of those bikes. They are all great rides when you ride within the limitations of the bike. It takes a lot more skill to ride a cruiser through the curves at the same speed as a sport style bike.
So, if you like riding on the edge, but not into riding at speeds that send you straight to jail you will enjoy a cruiser.
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Check with hb9400. He traded his 3rd V for Vstar 950. It was mainly because his wife didn't like being so high up on the V. They can be a little tall for the passenger.

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If you like your feet forward and don't corner too aggressively. I took one for a test ride, and scraped a floorboard without even trying. Nice bike otherwise, if cruisers are your thing. Wouldn't trade the Versys for one personally, since I passed over the 950 to buy the Versys.

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Would any of you v riders ever consider swiching over to a cruiser bike like the v star 950?
Here is my experience so far; 2001 Roadstar 1600 Silverado, traded up to a 2006 Roadstar, bought a 2006 KLR 650, traded 2006 Roadstar for a 2007 Midnight Silverado 1700 Roadstar, sold KLR, traded 2007 Roadstar Silverado for a 2008 Versys, traded 2008 Versys for a 2010 1700 Silverado Roadstar, last week traded the Roadstar for a 2011 Versys. Major reasons were I like new toys and wife decided she no longer wants to ride hence the last trade. The 950 V star will not hold a candle to the Versys if you enjoy spirited rides and twistys, as a matter of fact no cruiser will be as nimble. I believe the 950 will be underpowered for that kind of riding, the 1100-1300 would be better and if you are not riding 2 up the Stryker would be awesome. Why did I get the Versys instead of the Stryker ( I had $11K to play with) simply the Versys was and is, for me, the most enjoyable, most vesatile easiest bike to ride here on the Colorado mountain roads. The cruiser R*s were fantastic road bikes for trips but without the wife riding, week long or even overnighters are not in the cards any longer, the Versys is just a great all around bike.

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I took one for a test ride, and scraped a floorboard without even trying.
That's one problem I'm having with the Vulcan... aggressive cornering just can't happen without sparks flying. One of the main reasons I'm considering trading it for Versys.


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Either/Or ???? How bout in addition to? Will be adding a Cruiser to my stable of bikes.

But at this point in time I'm leaning towards. http://powersports.honda.com/2009/vtx1300t.aspx

Need a large platform that will carry two midlle aged overwieght people and plenty of gear.
and the VTX1300T is in touring trim already.

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I have an 09 VStar 950T and as sharrison56 said I've had a number of Versys.
Bought mine primarily because of the wife. As a passenger she never warmed to the Versys so to keep her happy I went looking for a bagger and have been happy with it. It doesn't have the grunt that the VStar 1300 has and the floorboards are the lowest of the VStars so getting the floorboards to scrape doesn't take much lean at all.

Considering a lot of my riding is with the wife on back I don't push it or lean it so I've adjusted my riding habits to fit the bike. Do I miss the Versys? Absolutely and would like to add either it or a WeeStrom to the garage at some point. I miss the nimbleness, a tach, foot pegs "floorboards to me aren't natural on a bike" and I don't really have the cruiser mentality.

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