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Old 08-15-2014, 07:31 PM   #1
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New guy

Hey FZ people. I don't have a FZ yet myself, but am definitely looking.

I'm 35, and work as a design engineer for a custom thermoformer in NW Illinois.

I currently ride a vstar 1100 with a bunch of goodies on it, and have a hankering for something a bit more sporty.

There's a great forum for the vstar on Delphi, and my first few days browsing here are pretty great so far.

Cheers.
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Old 08-15-2014, 07:37 PM   #2
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Welcome! There are some really nice bikes in the classifieds now, well worth the road trips to get them.
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Old 08-15-2014, 07:46 PM   #3
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Welcome! There are some really nice bikes in the classifieds now, well worth the road trips to get them.
Heck yes. I'm going to look at one tomorrow afternoon, all fingers crossed.
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Old 08-15-2014, 08:31 PM   #4
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Welcome JB. I think you'll like the change.

Be sure to post up some pics when you get the bike.
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Old 08-15-2014, 08:43 PM   #5
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Welcome JB. I think you'll like the change.

Be sure to post up some pics when you get the bike.
Thanks for the welcome.

Here's how my V-Star looks now:





and here's how it looked when I first bought it back in 2005:



I'm excited to expand the garage a bit.
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Old 08-15-2014, 08:59 PM   #6
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You are about to experience a new world of sight and sound, some call it the twilight zone, others call it FZ1.
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Old 08-15-2014, 09:28 PM   #7
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Hey as a fairly new Fz owner I would like to give an advise.

Dont forget to wear your dipers if you decide to rev it past 8k....trust me

And welcome to the madness.....
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Old 08-15-2014, 10:08 PM   #8
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Hey as a fairly new Fz owner I would like to give an advise.

Dont forget to wear your dipers if you decide to rev it past 8k....trust me

And welcome to the madness.....
I'm ready...holy man I'm ready.

the star is no slouch, er, not a slouch for a small cruiser. I've got cams, HC pistons, pod filters on the carbs, and a few other goodies. It's a weird cruiser in that the power comes higher in the revs. Redline got bumped to 7k.

A FZ will be completely different. I can't wait.
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Old 08-16-2014, 05:04 AM   #9
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You will prefer the FZ1 over the Star. I had a Honda Shadow 1100 which was great, but the FZ1 rightfully outclassed it with better suspension, handling, braking, acceleration, etc. I will never go back to a cruiser.
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Old 08-16-2014, 05:27 AM   #10
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I'm not sure what you want out of a FZ1. They are great all around bikes, super reliable also. That is a REALLY nice V-star. Love the clean classic look you now have . Welcome from Western Michigan.
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Old 08-16-2014, 06:24 AM   #11
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Welcome neighbor, my son is also a Sycamoron. Let me know if I can help with your new bike in any way.
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Old 08-16-2014, 06:28 AM   #12
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Welcome neighbor, my son is also a Sycamoron. Let me know if I can help with your new bike in any way.
Sycamore is a nicer town than dirty DeKalb. heh. I'm not in love with the area at all...in the next 5 years I'd like to be back in Minnesota or Wisconsin. I grew up in SE MN, and the gf is from way, way northern Wisconsin. Either way we'll head north.

Thanks for the welcome everyone.
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Old 08-16-2014, 07:32 AM   #13
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...in the next 5 years I'd like to be back in Minnesota or Wisconsin. I grew up in SE MN, and the gf is from way, way northern Wisconsin. Either way we'll head north.
Sammax will not approve. He thinks northerners are NUTS......
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Old 08-16-2014, 09:22 AM   #14
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Sammax will not approve. He thinks northerners are NUTS......
how far north are you? My girlfriend grew up in Bayfield....can't get much further north without getting pretty wet. Hah

Needless to say, we make the trip up there at least 3 or 4 times a year.
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Old 08-16-2014, 09:54 AM   #15
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That is probably the best looking v star Ive ever seen!!!!
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Old 08-16-2014, 10:34 AM   #16
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That is probably the best looking v star Ive ever seen!!!!
Thanks man. I definitely had help putting it together this year, but I love how it turned out.
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Old 08-16-2014, 10:48 AM   #17
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I LOVE THE BIG STARs. Great looking motor. No matter what you do to a Star is does not fit into the same hemisphere as the FZ1. It will occur to you in about the first few miles.
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That is probably the best looking v star Ive ever seen!!!!
very cool.

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I LOVE THE BIG STARs. Great looking motor. No matter what you do to a Star is does not fit into the same hemisphere as the FZ1. It will occur to you in about the first few seconds.
Fixed it for you.
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Old 08-16-2014, 05:29 PM   #19
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Welcome! A lot of great info here and really helpful people as well. I'm a new FZ1 owner myself. I've had a big cheesy grin on my face for the past month since my first ride home.

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You will prefer the FZ1 over the Star. I had a Honda Shadow 1100 which was great, but the FZ1 rightfully outclassed it with better suspension, handling, braking, acceleration, etc. I will never go back to a cruiser.
Your last sentence is what is happening to my brother in law right now. He's owned a Vstar 650 for the past 2 years and was looking to buy an 1100 or a warrior. I let him ride my SV650 before I traded it in so he could have a taste of sportbike goodness. It was just supposed to be a 5 min ride around the way a bit but he was gone for 45 minutes. He came back and exclaimed that the star was going bye bye asap and "one of these motherf@#$ers" is going in the garage next. He also said that he never really understood why I enjoyed track riding but was totally ready to do his first trackday after he gets his new bike. He said the acceleration and handling absolutely blew him away.
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Old 08-16-2014, 06:53 PM   #20
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I LOVE THE BIG STARs. Great looking motor. No matter what you do to a Star is does not fit into the same hemisphere as the FZ1. It will occur to you in about the first few miles.
Ooh I know, and agree with you. Back when I bought the star, it was, and I guess is, a way I could afford to be on two wheels. I was young, dumb, and didn't have any business being on anything close to a sport bike. I'm convinced I would have died a dozen times over if I had something like a FZ back then.

I'm older, a bit wiser, and happen to have the means to add a second bike to my stable. I don't want to get rid of the star yet, but who knows what will happen next year.

I DID get to take a local FZ out for a test ride today, following the owner on his Goldwing. I surely didn't rip around on it, but it felt pretty darn good. I've never been on a sport bike of any sort before, so I didn't know how I would like it. I'm 6'3" or so, about 250lbs, so I'm not tiny...and I wondered about the different foot placement under me, as opposed to in front of me. I liked it, actually.
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