2002 Yamaha V Star 650 Classic Aspirations, thoughts, and Operator overloading

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Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic
Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic

2002 Yamaha V Star 650 Classic

It wasn’t long after I got my license that I started seriously shopping for a bike. I looked at what I felt were a lot of reviews of different bikes in the 250cc to 500cc range, but I was stuck on trying to find a Suzuki TU250X that was within my price range, but the cheapest I found was around $2,500. I kept telling myself I needed to learn on the same bike that I failed to complete the MSF BRC1 test on.

In the end, my brother and wife encouraged me to think of getting something between 500 and 800cc so I would have sufficient power to travel (more) safely on the highways and Interstate. At this time I was looking at 250cc Yamaha V Stars as an option based on the good reviews and affordable price range.


From the reviews I found, there was a strong correlation there. The dissenting reviews seemed to be mainly aimed at sports bike riders who were encouraged to stick with starter bikes in the 250cc range, which was probably due to their much stronger torque and related take-off speeds.

So, I found myself looking at Yamaha V Stars seriously and dropped by the local motorcycle shop again. He had one 250cc Virago, and two 650cc V Stars. One was a white 2007 V Star 650 classic and was priced around $4k, and since it only had a few hundred miles on it, it was most likely worth every penny.

The other was a black/blue 2002 model with 23.5k miles on it.

After doing some additional research on mileage, I found more mixed reviews and opinions. Thankfully the majority of reviews emphasized the care of the bike over reasonable mileage, so I felt ok giving this bike serious consideration.

To make a long story short, I went for it. I purchased it on March 16th and left it with them for a few hours to look it over. They changed the oil and spark plugs and later that day, one of the guys from the shop drove it home for me.

Once I took him back to the shop, I came straight home and started getting accustomed to it right away.

The days went by and I ended up laying it down as I was coming off of our road and ended up going into the ditch, scraping my arm, pants and bending the foot boards in the process. Thankfully no serious damage was done and I was able to get it home and bend things back into place. I cursed the heel-toe shifter extensively, as I continued to jump into second when I placed my foot on the left floor board.

Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic
Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic

In the end, I’m sure I could have adjusted to having it there, but my feet are pretty big, so I had the shop cut it off. While it was there, they looked over the bike and found a few things they missed before they sold it to me.

They cleaned the carburetor, removed the heel shifter option, checked the shift linkage, replaced the entire front wheel (tire, rotor, rim), drained the fuel tank and refused payment. Instead, they would take lunch one day instead. That day is tomorrow.

Now that I’ve had it back, I’m still making newbie mistakes (forgetting to go all the way into 1st when stopping for instance, and stalling when I try to take off in 2nd gear), but I’m getting better all the time.

My gear fits well (full-size helmet, leather jacket, leather gloves, ear plugs, sunglasses) and I have some highway bars on the way to help keep me and bike protected if I mess up and lay it down again.

Let’s hope their lifespan is spent looking nice, and not having any real use.

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Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic
Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic
Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic
Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic

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