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My First Motorcycle – 2004 Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic!!!

Folks, I’ve got to keep this fairly short due to this post having been delayed by a few things including computer issues, but I wanted to get it published tonight :wink:

I finally got to go see what will very likely be my first motorcycle :cool:

Soon to be mine - 2002 Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic!

Soon to be mine - 2004 Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic!

What you see here is a 2004 Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic :)  That’s a 40 cubic inch V-twin engine in the frame and those are cool looking chrome exhausts on the right side.  This bike has a lot of the cruiser style points that I like from the spoked wheels to the fat forks and the big, fat gas tank :thumb:  I’ve never ridden a motorcycle with floorboards or a heel and toe shifter (more pics and explanation of those and other things later), but right now it all looks awesome :cool:

You can also see racks for saddle bags and brackets for a windshield.  Yes, those do come with the bike!

2002 Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic - Low miles!

2004 Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic - Low miles!

I’d been told this motorcycle has low miles, but I didn’t realize it would have this few :shock:  Yes, that’s only 8436 miles on a 2002 model motorcycle :D

I don’t know about you, but I really like the clean look of the speedometer and indicator lights on the tank :)

2002 Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic - Left handlebar

2004 Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic - Left handlebar

2002 Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic - Right handlebar

2004 Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic - Right handlebar

2002 Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic - Missing a few conchos

2004 Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic - Missing a few conchos

The current owner (who’s also only the second owner) hasn’t had much of a chance to ride this motorcycle due to a number of factors.  You might have guessed that from the low miles on the odometer.  Still, the bike isn’t perfect as it’s been sitting in the sun for a while now.  There’s a few missing conchos and some fading on the seat and some of the metal has oxidized a bit.  I’ll do my best to buff out the metal and get the seats looking good again, but either way it still looks great to me :mrgreen:

2002 Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic - Drive shaft going into the rear hub

2004 Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic - Drive shaft going into the rear hub

2002 Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic - Left side of the rear hub

2004 Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic - Left side of the rear hub

I’m going to have the bike checked over by a mechanic before I commit to buying it, but as I said it looks pretty good to me.  The only part of it that gives me a little bit of worry is what you see in the two pictures above.  Being a shaft drive, it does have oil in the rear hub like you’d have in a rear wheel car’s differential.  It looks like there’s a bit of seepage, but I don’t know if this is really bad or expensive to fix.  I’m going to hope and pray and leave it up to a mechanic to determine.

I did throw a leg over and have a seat on this magnificent machine and I’ve come to a simple conclusion.  I love it :thumb:

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