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Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom

submitted by Still Breathing

I'm 5'3-1/2" tall with an inseam of 30". I started riding last year with no previous riding experience. I bought an '87 Virago XV535 for $600.

This machine is very popular among shorter riders (5'-2" and up) and is a very nimble bike with plenty of zip. It's fun to ride. The biggest drawbacks are the seat, which is not meant for long distance, and on the 87 and 88 models, the gas tank is under the seat and is very small. I did not get very far before I had to gas up again. Since the tank is under the seat, each fill up required lifting the seat along with anything on top of the seat like saddlebags. The '89 models added a secondary tank where a tank ought to be and the upper drains into the lower tank.

I traded up to a Vstar 1100 Classic, and still kept the 535 because now my daughter is riding. It's a good little machine and worth looking for. The 535 line was replaced by the Vstar 650's, But many are still available for a good price.

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