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Old 25-03-2009, 01:39 PM
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im lookin for past experiences and advice on a new bike, budget is limited, this will be used all year round so its gotta be reliable and it is my first bike so maybe needs to be a little more forgiving (hence why hardtail cb750's aint on my list).

3 main ones im lookin at

yammy XVS 650 dragstar
kwak VN800
suzuki VL800


any advice n guidance?
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Old 25-03-2009, 04:32 PM
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mate has a 650 dragstar that she used year round.
She loved it and it never ler her down
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Old 25-03-2009, 04:37 PM
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of those 3 my choice would be the vl800

i don't know the vn800 but the suzi has definite benefits over the xvs 650

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Old 25-03-2009, 05:50 PM
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Dont think you will go far wrong with any of those three ,
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Old 25-03-2009, 06:04 PM
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thanks for the replys so far


dracken1 what benefits would those be on the vl?
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Old 25-03-2009, 07:54 PM
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They dont call it the DragQueen for nuffin....
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Old 26-03-2009, 06:54 AM
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im lookin for past experiences and advice on a new bike, budget is limited, this will be used all year round so its gotta be reliable and it is my first bike so maybe needs to be a little more forgiving (hence why hardtail cb750's aint on my list).

yammy XVS 650 dragstar
Had mine 4 years, had a couple of issues, but nothing major...

Near enough on the button everytime, gets me, wife, sports equipment and camping stuff (using a trailer) to all my events.

Issues include clutch slip (from new - easy to sort, just uprate it a little) and you must change the oil every six months (engine played up with not liking the cold turned out just needed a service/ oil change)...

Does 120 miles to the 3 gallon tank - irripective of how you use it

Been using it over winter as a commuter untill the CB is fixed.

Found out why its a mid range tax braket.. hold on thats a new thread...
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Old 30-03-2009, 05:37 PM
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more research, readin n sortin the crap google returns to me and i think i can scratch 2 bikes out the list,

thinkin with buyin new gear aswell the suzuki will come out over budget and the kwak im not to sure on, im thinkin with the bike been used as a daily driver n all weather im going to have enough to do with cleaning the bike down all winter and id prefer to have a trouble free shafty rather than be messin with chains n oil all the time.


so that leaves us with the dragstar and another possible is the honda shadow (will probably end up coming down to testin out both n seein which is more comfortable)

Through readin countless good reviews on the dragstar i came across one or two (maybe rouges) where there was an issue with the rear subframe rotting out due to poor/lack of painting any of u notice anything along these lines?
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Old 30-03-2009, 05:59 PM
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Welcome to the forum racingbrett, All three are good bikes. I like the dragstar, it looks good and sounds great. You are taking a chance whenever you buy a second hand bike, I always change the brake pads, check the clutch plates, change the plugs, flush and change the oil and check the fluids, if the bike is water cooled flush the coolant and on a shaftie drain the oil and replace it. You may have to change the battery and on the dragstar maybe even the regulator

That way you at least start off with a good chance of getting through the summer.

Don't go over budget, that way if it breaks down or you drop it, it's not the end of the world.

These are not fast bikes so don't try racing them, just take your time and they will last forever remember you don't have to prove anything to anyone.

Good luck and ride safe.

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Old 30-03-2009, 06:15 PM
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thanks for the advice john

despite the nickname im not that much of a speed freak i just tend to cruise along not often going above 80 on the mways)

got the nick from back when i was young and drag racing cars it kinda stuck with me and became my regular login name
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I have a Suzuki VS800 which is pretty much the same engine as the VL but slightly different styling.

For reliability it's been superb, never let me down. It has the benefit of shaft drive so no messing with chains etc. It has plenty of power for me, think its about mid-50s bhp so not going to blow your socks off but will cruise at 80 all day and happily move up to 3 figures if you need it to (but not recommended for long, it's a bit vibey) and still returns an average of 55mpg. Mine handles well too but is a bit thinner and less lardy (sorry VL riders) which may have something to do with it! Mine has a tiny tank though, range is only about 120-130 miles to reserve but I think the tank on the VL is a fair bit bigger so that might not be such a problem for you.

The only thing that really lets it down is the finish on some parts. Mine is not used year-round and is only ridden in rain etc when I get caught out (I'm lucky enough to be able to run an old shed in the winter/rain and a car for when its really cold ) but despite me cleaning it after just about every ride the lacquer on the fork legs is already flaking and I have a crazy-paving sort of effect going on with my switchgear. This is on a bike that's not yet 2 years old with just over 6000 on the clock as well.

Still wouldn't part with it though.
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and still returns an average of 55mpg.
I'm lucky to get about 90 miles per tank full.

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Are you still on the 'max John?

If so that's pretty good, my OH only gets about 75 per tank out of his..........
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Are you still on the 'max John?

If so that's pretty good, my OH only gets about 75 per tank out of his..........

Yes I'm still on the max, I think it might be because I am doing Welsh miles but it must be right because I didn't run out of petrol on my 1100 odd miles round Wales and that is what I allowed between fill ups! Of course I was in top gear most of the time and empty roads.

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dragstars are called Lilly for a reason.
VN800, only bike I have owned other than an Harley for years and years and years.
Stonking wee thing, sticks to floor, STOPS!! holds its money and good-ish on juice.
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dragstars are called Lilly for a reason.
VN800, only bike I have owned other than an Harley for years and years and years.
Stonking wee thing, sticks to floor, STOPS!! holds its money and good-ish on juice.
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