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ok so i have a few offers for my car.

offer 1 1994 Suzuki Intruder 800

offer 2 2001 Yamaha Vstar 650 (this one im REALLY liking)




which would YOU trade a car for?
 

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The VStar will let you stretch out a little more than the Intruder, but I've read in other forums that guys who have them felt they were a bit under powered on the open road. We looked at a brand new one this past summer for my wife, but I didn't like the way it felt on the road. The heel-toe shifter was not comfortable, and the bike felt sorta cheap or chintzy. That's just my assessment, though. The intruder is more the size and style of the VN750, although I think it has a bigger front wheel. Don't know if the gas tank is smaller, though.
 

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Honestly the 2001 Yamaha Vstar 650. I just like the way this bike looks. Has a better appeal than the other bike does. Yeah my vote takes the Yamaha, but I've always been really huge on Yamaha and Kawasaki.
 

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The 650 is a big bike in size, but has no real power.
I think you will be better off with the intruder. imo
 

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ksmnet - how do you mean "felt cheap and chintzy"? lol

netmatrix - Yes the Yamaha is a much cooler design and i think that is why if i can choose between the two .. im almost certain it will be the yamaha. But if he backs out and i can still get the suzuki that will be ok too cause it comes with saddlebags battery tender, highway pegs and a windshield where the yamaha is all stock no extras :-(
 

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The 650 is a big bike in size, but has no real power.
I think you will be better off with the intruder. imo
power isnt really a concern for me as im still a new rider. i just got the vulcan this past summer lol and since i dont need 5 vehicles hehe, one can be traded for "spare" motorcycle if you will.

AND since the Mrs said she would ride a bike by her self then we can plan long cruises together if i have 2 bikes! :smiley_th
 

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ksmnet - how do you mean "felt cheap and chintzy"? lol(
Just that. The bike didn't feel as well made as even the VStar 950 that we got for my wife. And that was from test riding a brand new one this past summer. I don't think it's a bad bike for the money, and I think that's the market Yamaha goes for with that bike. If you're riding 2-up, then the Yamaha is going to give you more room for the both of you. However, going from the VN750 to the Yamaha, you're going to feel a definite difference in power. But, I think it's geared lower than the Vulcan anyway. You really have to get on and try the bikes before you decide. If money is the main driving issue, then you are going to have to make compromises somewhere.
 

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ksmnet - how do you mean "felt cheap and chintzy"? lol

netmatrix - Yes the Yamaha is a much cooler design and i think that is why if i can choose between the two .. im almost certain it will be the yamaha. But if he backs out and i can still get the suzuki that will be ok too cause it comes with saddlebags battery tender, highway pegs and a windshield where the yamaha is all stock no extras :-(
power isnt really a concern for me as im still a new rider. i just got the vulcan this past summer lol and since i dont need 5 vehicles hehe, one can be traded for "spare" motorcycle if you will.

AND since the Mrs said she would ride a bike by her self then we can plan long cruises together if i have 2 bikes! :smiley_th
Sounds like you already made up your mind dude.
 

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I have one question. Is the Vstar a custom or a classic? if it was between the style of a classic & an Intruder I'd pick the Intruder. However if it's between a custom & the Intruder I'd pick the custom.
 

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I have one question. Is the Vstar a custom or a classic? if it was between the style of a classic & an Intruder I'd pick the Intruder. However if it's between a custom & the Intruder I'd pick the custom.
i think its a custom ?? but not sure yet. will be seeing the bike later today

whats the differences? i am assuming custom means you can change it add on parts easily?
 

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i think its a custom ?? but not sure yet. will be seeing the bike later today

whats the differences? i am assuming custom means you can change it add on parts easily?
The easiest way to tell is the front tire and fender,Classic has a fat fender and tire,Custom is fitted with a taller slimmer tire and fender. If you are looking for two up comfort,I would think the Classic is probably a better choice than the Custom .The Classic generally has a roomier seat.
 

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I talked to a guy who had a vstar 650 for sale before I bought my Vulcan. He was selling it because it didn`t have enough power to overtake and pass quickly enough to be safe on the highway.
 

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i rode the V-star 650 custom... loved it.. all except for the fact that in low speed tight turns the floor boards scraped (seamed to only be in the left hand turns). but over all very impressed with it... looking for one for myself/wife
 

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vstar 40hp. gas tank holds 4.2 gal. dry weight 505 lbs.

Intruder 60hp. gas tank holds 3.17gal. dry weight 441 lbs.

in MO. the Intruder is closer to what the VN750 is, and the Vstar is more of a "cruiser" less hp and more weight. both are really good bikes. it just comes down to what you (or your wife) wants out of a bike. if she is anything like my wife (speed demon), she would like the the Intruder better. but if your ego can't handle your wife riding a "bigger" bike than you, then either you will need to ride the 800 and your wife will need to ride the 750. but good luck keeping up with her!lol
but if you get her the 650, you will have to take it easy on the VN750 so she will be able to keep up with you. again they are both nice bikes, so get what you want. either way you can't go wrong. it's all good!

now if you would take a 1980 Honda CM400T for that car, then I could hook you up! lol
 
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