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    2005 Yamaha 1100 Silverado

    My review and comparison is based on limited experience going from an '04 Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic to an '05 Star 1100 Yamaha Silverado. Bought used with 1,370 miles from a private party.

    Physically the 1100 is not much longer than the 650, it weighs at least 100 lbs. more, but feels bigger in size, and has approximately 25 more horsepower. The 650 V-Star is about 39 horsepower and the 1100 about 65. The extra power is definitely noticeable as well as the difference in the sound of the engine. Much deeper sounding with the stock pipes on the 1100. This is built for more comfort on longer trips compared to the 650.

    Handling is more stable and smoother due to the extra weight and how it is distributed. I have had no problems with the extra weight in parking lots or tight slow turns compared to the 650. On the road it handles very well and feels fairly stable at highway speeds even with wind and trucks and the extra power can get you up and out in a hurry. There is some vibration felt thru my feet on the floorboards but not overly distracting Going through various curves, on-ramps and other turns is very stable and easy to accomplish with this 1100. It is easy to take it around most of these curves at normal speeds and it has the power to zip thru if you need to and know how to handle it.

    Could this be a first motorcycle for a newer beginner? Possibly, but you have to consider the weight and power compared to other smaller engine sized options. I am not sorry I started out on the V-Star 650 even though I like the overall experience of the 1100 better, and I'm still somewhat of a beginner.

    Brakes are excellent with 2 disks up front and one in the rear. The cast aluminum wheels are easier to clean and you don't have the spokes to contend with. Self canceling turn signals are a nice touch that many other makes don't have. It's air cooled and you do get heat off the engine at a stop that you can feel on your legs. Shifting is heavier on the 1100 due to a bigger clutch and fly wheel assembly I'm told.

    My gas mileage has been around 36-38 mpg so far and it is a bit disappointing. The 650 did about 45-50mpg. I'm hoping it will improve. Finish on the Yamaha line is generally excellent with steel fenders, and a great paint job. There is plenty of chrome to blind just about anybody, but there is always room for more.

    List price on the Silverado about $9,400 but used they are less if you can find one. For a number of buyers these are not the last motorcycle they will own as they often upgrade to a bigger motorcycle. For me, this is IT, I don't plan on moving up, down or sideways and just keep riding.
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    Good Review

    Nice review. Thinking it's time for me to move up from my V-Star 650 to something similar to the 1100, so this was very helpful for me.

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    Hittin' The Twisties Dr.Zarkov's Avatar
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    Litchfield, CT

    Well said. I easily transitioned from a Vulcan 500 to the Silverado 1100. It is a wonderful, easily handlable, very forgiving bike. With plenty of power and comfort.

    I don't know if I'd recommend it for a first bike, but certainly for a second one. Starting with a 500, it made a lot more practical sense to go to an 1100 than to an intermidiate 750-800.

    My .02,

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    Flirting With The Redline mbossman2's Avatar
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    Raleigh, NC
    I started out the vstar 1100 and it is a wonderful bike, albeit with a few quirks.

    The friction zone on the clutch is extremely narrow so for a beginner that can be quite disconcerting as there isn't a whole lot of room between a smooth take off and popping the clutch.

    The oil change is the oil change from hell: drop the floorboard, loosen the header pipes, take the cover off and inside is the oil filter. What should be a quick job can turn into an afternoon's task.

    The stock seat made by the spanish inquisition.

    On the plus side:
    - good power and doesn't get buzzy at highway speeds
    - the silverado comes with bags, floorboards and windscreen and if you want more, there are lots of aftermarket doodads and farkles to be had
    - bullet proof motor and low maintenance shaft rounds it out

    I'd buy another one if i was looking for another large middleweight (ya ya I know but its all relative)
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    Hittin' The Twisties
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    Frisco, TX
    I just got a 2003 V-Star 1100 Silverado - my first bike. I have to agree with pretty much everything said before.

    Friction zone is narrow and smooth starts are tricky, but after a while you get used to it.

    This bike handles very well at slow speeds. It actually is easier to maneuver in some ways than the GZ250 I took my MSF BRC on.

    The amount of power is not too much for a beginner in my opinion.

    I'm 5'10", 220 lbs and it fits me like a glove. Ride is smooth and the seat is comfortable for me even after an hour, although my right hip was a bit stiff afterwards. Maybe I'm just getting old.


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