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Motorcycling has been a life changing experience. I hope sharing the info and pictures on the Blog gives you some idea how impressed I am with the experience, travel and the people I have met. Made new friends especially among Riders here in Orange County. Special recognition to Johney (Wrench)-helps with all the maintenance stuff+rides, plus other great riding friends: Ken Y., Luis V. & Minita, Chuck & Patty, John R., Joe, Carolyn, Gregg, Charlie & Carol, Rick, Stan P., Ed & Susan P., Barry, plus Terry, Bob B., Brian H., Glenn, William & Daveta Jo, Bob (Concho) and others. ************* DISCLAIMER: This is my personal write-up (Blog) of motorcycling news, rides and events that I am involved with in some way and not affiliated with any group, organization or club that might be mentioned herein. There should be no confusion regarding the fact these are my personal comments and not those of any other entity.

Amazing scenery, great ride, wonderful time.

Amazing scenery, great ride, wonderful time.
Monument Valley, Utah-9/2011 photo by Johney Harper!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Yep, I bought it-it's mine!

Today Friday October 26, I met with the owners in Lake Forest, handed them a check and they handed me the keys and bill-of-sale and Off I rode. 2006 Yamaha Road Star 1670 cc, Silverado, pearl white with gold pinstripe and saddle bags, passing lamps up front and passenger foot rests-something different, oh yes and only 1815 miles and all stock. A little tentative leaving the driveway and heading for some speed bumps, and tight turns in their complex. I was getting to know the controls and didn't want to stall it and did not want to drop it. It was getting dark and I had been very hesitant to be riding a new to me motorcycle with lots more power and darkness was on the way, left at about 6 pm.

First impressions and contrast with my current V-Star 1100, the engine is definitely bigger and a bit shakier as well. There is more vibration felt in the seat even when underway than on the 1100. Belt drive, so the take-offs are smoother than the shaft drive of the 1100, it's a noticeable improvement. Handling is very similar to the 1100 as the new one only has two wheels like the old one. I began to feel very comfortable with the ergonomics and where everything was relative to the 1100, such as foot pedals, handlebars and foot rests. Feels like I have more room all around with slightly more leg room. While it weighs about 80 more pounds than the V-Star it really should not be too noticeable, except maybe when I pull into a gas station or tight parking lot. There have been a few times where I had to really hold on and plant my feet to keep it upright and hope this one will be no worse.

The power upgrade is noticeable but not in a hard to control way. I never felt like it was getting away from me but it can really move if you crank the throttle. Fourth gear feels a lot like fifth gear on the 1100 when going 50 mph or so.
I already moved the Tourmaster sissybar bag over to the RS and it fits, so I don't need to upgrade the sissy bar as I thought.

Enough chatter, here's a few nighttime photos in the garage.

Kinda dark in the garage, more when it's sunny.

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