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Old 10-22-2008, 03:29 PM   #1
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Old 10-22-2008, 03:56 PM   #2
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I still don't get the 600+ pound weights. My 1980 Shovelhead weighed a few pounds less than these bikes. Do they fill the frame tubes with lead?
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Old 10-22-2008, 04:21 PM   #3
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I still don't get the 600+ pound weights. My 1980 Shovelhead weighed a few pounds less than these bikes. Do they fill the frame tubes with lead?
I don't understand why the 900 weighs 140 lbs more than the 650.

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Old 10-22-2008, 04:39 PM   #4
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It has the 'road hugging weight' that so graced the 60 Caddies back in the day.
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Old 10-22-2008, 05:07 PM   #5
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I still don't get the 600+ pound weights. My 1980 Shovelhead weighed a few pounds less than these bikes. Do they fill the frame tubes with lead?
Did the Shovel weigh a few pounds less on a spec chart (claimed dry weight) or on an actual calibrated scale, full of fuel and ready to ride? Also, note the V-Star has a bigger wheelbase, wheels and fenders than the Shovel.

As for the so-called 140-lb weight difference between the V-Star 650, the wet weight now claimed on Star's website says 544 lbs, a difference of 69 lbs. Perhaps this helps illuminate why OEMs are giving up on their overly optimistic claimed dry weights that had no basis in reality.
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Old 10-22-2008, 06:00 PM   #6
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I'm a newbie to cruisers(have only ridden a 150 dirt bike), but am going to buy one soon. I was going to buy a 1300, but have decided to look at the 950. Will be doing nearly all open road riding. Will the 950 handle the wind? Plan on doing some motorcycle camping as well. I'm not a big guy (5'10" 160lbs), but wonder if it has power enough to get around with camping gear in the mountains?
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Old 10-22-2008, 06:11 PM   #7
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Yeah, you seem like a good fit for the 950. It has plenty enough power for open-road riding loaded up with gear. The 950 makes more sense for you than the $2000 more expensive 1300. I bet you'll love it.
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Old 10-22-2008, 06:45 PM   #8
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Thumbs up Quite the looker...

Great pics, Fonzie!

I'm not really into the cruiser bikes, but this is quite the looker. Not sure if it would fit my 6'5" frame; nevertheless, I'd definitely check it out.
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Old 10-22-2008, 07:04 PM   #9
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Great pics, Fonzie!

I'm not really into the cruiser bikes, but this is quite the looker. Not sure if it would fit my 6'5" frame; nevertheless, I'd definitely check it out.
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Did the Shovel weigh a few pounds less on a spec chart (claimed dry weight) or on an actual calibrated scale, full of fuel and ready to ride? Also, note the V-Star has a bigger wheelbase, wheels and fenders than the Shovel.

As for the so-called 140-lb weight difference between the V-Star 650, the wet weight now claimed on Star's website says 544 lbs, a difference of 69 lbs. Perhaps this helps illuminate why OEMs are giving up on their overly optimistic claimed dry weights that had no basis in reality.
You mean the new R1 isn't 42 lbs dry?
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