V Star 1300T's of Arkansas

Mostly set up now

Mostly set up now

I took some aluminum to a machine shop to make the trunk mount. Added a King Tour Pak with full lighting. Next is forward controls, and keeping the highway bar.

Not a fun shopping experience

While for many the shopping for a new bike is exciting, it was far from it for me. Perhaps its the reason for the shopping. Four weeks ago yesterday evening at 6-6L15 pm my 2005 black cherry dyna wide with an updated vintage king tour pak and heal=toe shifter that was just about fixed up the way I wanted it (I even have the new Magnum clutch cable still in the package) drove off without me and has not been seen since.

I tried a Vulcan, but it was nose heavy and wanted to lock the bars in the direction of the turn and it had no acceleration, a kow, not good when riding in a tight pack. I tested a V92 Victory, but it was surprisingly kowish too and had a few issues. I tried a Yamaha Warrior, but didn't know if I could afford it after the insurance payout without putting extra $$$ into it. I kinda wish I did get it though. Then I tried a 950 V-Star. Not bad! Not bad at all! But I carry a passenger most of the time and didn't think the 950 would be a good choice, so looked for a 1300.

I planned on putting a bid on one on Ebay, located 12 hours away. But that was sold the evening before the auction was supposed to end. I contacted the owner of another only 2 hours away, and located near our niece. It was going to be a short little getaway. He never responded.

I found this red one with less than 9k miles on it, with a funky black muffler that looked stock. We drove up to KC to look at it. It seems the previous owner CUT the housing to modify the baffle and did a lousy job of welding it back together and painted it black to cover up the shoddy work. It sounds nice though. I rode it twice, with a Boulevard in between, much nicer looking, but nope, not for me. We agreed on a price and the salesman brought out the hard Yamaha saddlebags that were in storage. The right bag had about 2/3 of the bottom burned out! Nope, no deal.

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V-Star 1300 with True Dual exhaust

V-Star 1300 with True Dual exhaust

With Kent Did It stainless steel duals, .50 Calibers adjustable baffles and slash cut 3.5" exhaust tips.

The best deal

Decided to buy a 1300 as I'm short, older, and my sweetheart loves to ride. Like a pair of shoes a bike must "fit". So I went 'shopping' and found the bike I wanted in Stillwater OK ....... a left-over 2009, raven color with red trim, for only $7,000 out-the-door. I was initially told I qualified for a 6% loan, however when I arrived to collect the bike the finance manager found a company that gave me under 3%.
I call that excellent service.

Arkansas Riders

I'd like to try to get a Star Chapter going in Central Arkansas. I'm in Benton.
Anyone interested?

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