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I just love this review. I am a 50-something year old man, 5 feet 4 inches, and 185 pounds. I traded in my Yamaha V Star 650 Custom (put over 50,000 miles on the bike in five seasons) for a 2015 V Star 950 T. I just love the bike, it fits me perfectly and handles well and is very stable. I read Ms. Schmitt's article along with dozens of other articles and reviews. I then test-rode the 950 and knew that I found my next bike. As a short male I read women's motorcycle reviews because I find them more honest and better detailed. All the guys I ride with are taller then me and all said that I should have gotten the 1300 V Star because they believe that it's all about the power. Well, power is important, however I believe that comfort and fit are even more important. My wife doesn't ride so I feel that theV Star 950 will have no problem pulling my 5-foot-4-inch 185 pounds.

Ron
Buffalo, NY
Saturday, March 3, 2018
I began my search for "the" motorcycle about a year before actually getting my license. I originally went into the local dealer expecting the Honda Shadow to be my future purchase when the salesman asked me if I ever considered a Yamaha. I tend to relate Yamaha with racing and I've always been the cruiser person so I hadn't even thought about them. He had me stand up both the Honda and a Yamaha (which was one of the biggest motorcycles I'd ever seen) and I was impressed at the light feel for something that size.

After that experience, I began to research the different Star models and found this article outlining the pros and cons of the 950. I admit that I was intimidated by the thought of going from the 250 from class to a 950 since this was to be my very first bike and I have had no riding experience prior to class, but I've always been a firm believer that once you see the one, you'll know it.

Thanks to your articles on how to choose a motorcycle and reviews of the 950 from a woman's perspective, I am now the excited owner of a 2010 Yamaha V Star 950. I knew it was the one the moment I saw it and at 5 feet 4 inches with fairly long arms and a 32-inch inseam, it is a perfect fit for me. Thank you for your valuable information on its pros and cons!

Amy Eavey
Hopewell, VA
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Hi I saw this review around the time I purchased my 2009 V Star 950. I'm 22 years old, 5-feet-10-ish and 230 pounds (shhh) so not exactly a stick. I can honestly say after a few months on this bike that I'm definitely going to upgrade the seat. After an hour my tailbone has had enough. I also immediately saw that I would be a lot more comfortable with the power if I had a 6th gear. Don't get me wrong highway riding is fine but I'm constantly pushing it to keep the 70-75 mph on trips, I'm sure once I add a few mods this feeling will disappear.

Otherwise I love the bike. It's easy to maneuver and not huge and bulky feeling. I noticed the floorboard will vibrate if I push it too far in too low a gear, which is normal but I saw some complaints about this aspect. Overall I'm happy with my purchase and I'll be keeping it for a long time, I plan to put the money for mods and customization for it. I like that it has the gas guage and is not carberated like the 1100 model. The stock handlebars have given me no issues but friends have had to lean forward a bit depending on reach. That's all I can really find wrong with it and that's nothing that can't be fixed..



Jessica Larson
Akron, OH
Sunday, October 25, 2015
I test rode a V Star 950 this weekend and found the vibration from the floorboards absolutely distracting! I know that they are floating floorboards, but the vibration all the way up my leg really was uncomfortable. I've looked for other reports of this but haven't found any.

Has anyone here found this to be an issue?

Thank you!

Cassandra
Cumberland, RI
Monday, August 18, 2014
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