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2005 Yamaha V-Star 1100 Classic XVS1100AV Review: Classic looking Classic

Year: 
2005
Color: 
Olive? Green/ Black
Review Summary: 

-2005 V-Star Classic - great cruiser to get on after years of non riding (life got in the way) 
-I bought the bike in 2017 with 18k for a very low price - I couldn't get off it all last summer !
-Great value
-Good power 
-Very comfortable for not so long hauls with the option of using the footboards or upper pegs on the crashbars - however if you are looking to do long trips you may want to swap out the seat for added comfort
-Corners pretty well, however if you lean too far you may scrape the footboards 
-Nice handling - with a weight of 600+lbs it is surprisingly very easy to handle 
-Aftermarket parts and accessories are very easy to come by and abundant (Yami must have sold a lot of these!)
-Ergonomically comfortable - nice angle on the bars 

Best Features: 
Looks...I get a lot of compliments ... lots of chrome ... big retro fenders give it that nostalgic look - sounds great with the aftermarket pipes
Improvements: 
A 6th gear would be nice - Yamaha should have invented, and added, an Oil Filter Relocation Kit as standard equipment as the front pipe has to be removed to change the oil
My Overall Rating: 
5
Power : 
4
Looks: 
5
Handling: 
4
Comfort: 
5
Quality: 
5
Price/Value: 
5
Buy Again?:
Yes
Your Height: 
average
Years Ridden (This Motorcycle): 
1
Miles Ridden (This Motorcycle): 
5,000
Owned: 
currently own
Riding Style: 
around town, short trips
Customized: 
some accessories
Customizations: 

Pipes were replaced at some point (previous owner) - no name on them and I haven't been able to compare them yet to find out what brand - but they growl nicely
Crashbar added at some point
Added the light bar and light caps which really gives it that retro look
Added saddle bags
Swapped out the front and rear reflectors for working running lights - looks great at night
Added a tank bib
Plan on removing the rear seat, backrest and saddlebags this year (for a while anyway - as I need the bags) to give it an even more classic look
Plan on adding a quick release windshield
May add an oil filter relocation kit