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  • yamaha v star 1100....

    good and bad...first hand experience please...zp...

  • #2
    Lol, TimB is the 1100 guru, you know the guy you told to go phuck himself.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by roadiemort View Post
      Lol, TimB is the 1100 guru, you know the guy you told to go phuck himself.
      I didn't say that. I said his posts are stupid, not funny, BIG difference there chief.

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      • roadiemort
        roadiemort commented
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        Not you Tim, Him, he told you.

    • #4
      I had a 2000 model 1100 with straight pipes and forward controls. Road it hard for three years, not one problem. Sold it because I was moving out of state. Wish I had kept hit!
      You have to clean the filter quite often due to oil blow by.

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      • zingpow
        zingpow commented
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        thanks...i started out looking for something for the wife and i to cruise with on the warm afternoons we find ourselves home on the couch...now i have f'n triumph rocket III which is somewhat of an overkill...is see the 1100's everywhere for pretty good money...and for the record i wish i had never sold any of my bikes...well, maybe the magna...

    • #5
      Owner/operator error while starting is a problem, but not with the bike. The u-joint/drive shaft nut on a few have backed off & snapped the mid-drive shaft threads, but it's a $25 fix. I've not experienced these problems, but I know others have. The good, the rest is all good.

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      • zingpow
        zingpow commented
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        thanks...

    • #6
      Originally posted by TimB View Post

      I didn't say that. I said his posts are stupid, not funny, BIG difference there chief.
      Oops misread your post. Maybe he did say that. Not like a give a shit what someone thinks about me. I don't understand why people get offended by someone else's opinion.

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      • zingpow
        zingpow commented
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        ride on...

    • #7
      Changing the oil filter on the 1100's kind of a pain the ass 'cause the filter is internal. Not as simple and clean as external ones. I bought one that I flipped a few years back and thought it was a stupid design. I understand that they have an external kit for them though.

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    • #8
      Several things... One, the oil filter IS internal and requires removal of the stock exhaust to do it. There is a good aftermarket kit to put a spin-on filter up front. It's like $250, or so. Next, they also have a starter spin problem, but it's not fixed easily and cheaply like with a R*... Yami parts and the repair is more than $400. I will say, they certainly feel quicker than an R*, but the exhaust can't be made to sound as good, if that matters. Others?

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      • zingpow
        zingpow commented
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        i had an '07 roadstar with v&h short shots and really like it...

    • #9
      Originally posted by Questcap View Post
      Next, they also have a starter spin problem, but it's not fixed easily and cheaply like with a R*... Yami parts and the repair is more than $400. I will say, they certainly feel quicker than an R*, but the exhaust can't be made to sound as good, if that matters. Others?
      It's my understanding that installing the starter incorrectly can can cause the timing to be off causing engine damage. The 1100 I bought for dirt cheap had bent valves. He said it was because he installed the starter incorrectly. Something about the starter gear being lining up correctly with the camshaft gearing assy. Luckily, I found another good running engine for cheap and just swapped them out.

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      • zingpow
        zingpow commented
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        my mechanical aptitude is legendary...

      • TimB
        TimB commented
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        No, it's the one-way starter clutch, not the starter & that is caused by operator error.

    • #10
      I bought an 08 Classic a few years back and ran into the same issues you see posted above...I never had any problems with it, basically read about these things on the Net. The one thing that is missing in this thread is just how much fun this bike is to ride! It's not a street burner, it's not a super slab cruiser Hell it's not a lot of things but damn it's fun to ride! It's got a decent amount of power, but nothing scary. It looks, feels and sounds smaller compared my R* and Roadliner and that's okay cause it fit me like a well worn glove. At one time I had all three lined up in the yard, so I could choose which ever one I wanted and many of those times this was my first choice. I kinda miss that bike and if I get chance I might pick up another one.

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      • zingpow
        zingpow commented
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        nice...

    • #11
      Mine, I wrote of above, had been an '01 Custom, I had bought in '05, and sold in '07... But, I put the external oil filter kit on. It had some slip on 'mufflers,' but was too loud for my liking. The next owner had the starter spin issue, which I learned from the bike shop that repaired it, that it was what those would do... and, like midnite, above, I did enjoy riding it a good bit, because it would scoot, without being scary fast! Would I have another? Not since I discovered the R*, I wouldn't! I now have 3 of them!!!

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      • zingpow
        zingpow commented
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        and that is a telling point...i have become accustomed to instant gratification with the throttle...im giving the rocket III a chance but it's a big ass heavy bike...

    • #12
      thanks gents...zp...

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      • #13
        The 1100 will SMOKE a R* with only 3 mods, it will also out perform the R* in the twisties. The oil filter is not a big deal, more trouble than the R*, but if you can use tools, not a big deal. The only thing the R* does better is long distance hwy riding & that's due to the lower RPMs.

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        • Questcap
          Questcap commented
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          My 1100 was modded with a more open exhaust, and air filter setup... I bought it that way. Don't know what the 3rd mod would be, or whether mine had it, but with the 2 I just mentioned, I knew it was quicker than my R*.

        • roadiemort
          roadiemort commented
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          Tim does cam regrinds.

        • TimB
          TimB commented
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          Yep cams. Goes from 50 HP stock to 73 HP after pipes, pods & cams.

      • #14
        I've owned one before my R* for 13 years. Bought it new in 2002 (classic model). Really loved it until I tried the R*. What made me change, as stated above, is at 70mph, the engine vibrates/buzz to much for my liking (4500rpm) Had the starter problem (which isn't a problem really, just my poor knowledge on it's operation) Got every thing fixed thanks to TimB knowledge and parts. Installed the oil relocation kit , which was a breeze to do. The Vstar is really smaller and lighter than the R* but does not sound as good as my R*

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        • midnitmike
          midnitmike commented
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          Yeah the sound is one thing I could never get to my liking. The PO had gutted the stock mufflers and then cut off the tail end to make it louder...I guess. It just sounded like a big ass tin can on there so I took it off and started over again with a set of Cobras. There was nothing I could do to that bike to get it "just right" and I tried a lot of shite over the course of a season. And there was always that looking for another gear when you hit a stretch of open road and hit 65 or 70...it wasn't ever there!

        • zingpow
          zingpow commented
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          mnm...that is probably the telling of it right there...i'm not a 55-65mph rider generally speaking...the magna needed a 6th gear...redlined around 9-10k though...i'm giving the rocket III a chance early on but still might sell it...i bought it to sell but like the bike...

        • TimB
          TimB commented
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          Should have tried the HK Sideburner. That & the cams changed the sound completely.

      • #15
        Had an 05 for about a year, did the filter kit and 2-1 exhaust and sent the carbs off to Tim B to be re-jetted, much quicker off the line than the Road*.
        but just a little too buzzy on the interstate.

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        • #16
          I had an 01 that I bought used with 2100 miles in 2010 or 11. It sat a lot so the carbs were gummed up bad and didnt run very good. I got the carbs cleaned and didn't have any issues with the bike for the 2 or 3 years I had it. The oil filter wasn't a big deal to me. I bought my Roadstar and I didn't think I needed the 1100 so I sold it for twice what I bought it for. I wish I still had it though.

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          • zingpow
            zingpow commented
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            seems that most that had an 1100 moved on and up...

          • TimB
            TimB commented
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            LOL I have 3 1100s, a 1600 & a Royal* & unless I'm riding long distance, an 1100 is always my first choice. I'll be on the 1600 in July at the Idaho M&G.

        • #17
          Explain the starter issue? How does the operator cause this problem? All I ever had to do to start mine was, full choke, soon has it starts half choke, then ride a few miles turn choke off and good to go. Never a problem.

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          • TimB
            TimB commented
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            By advancing the throttle while starting. Changes the timing & does NOT add fuel. They all blame the bike, not their failure to read the owners manual. I tossed my choke in the trash over 10 yrs ago.

        • #18
          Hey Zing, you might find this interesting?


          Starting and Choke Use
          Starting and Choke Use
          Use of the throttle during starting:
          1) does nothing to help you start, there is no accelerator pump on the carbs.
          2) can lead to twisted starter bolts and failure.
          3) can cause starter kickback and ruin the starter clutch - repairs that can run from $300 to $800 - depending on how much of the work you do your self.
          Use the technique explained in the owners manual and emphasized below!!
          The “choke” on an 1100 is not really a choke at all. It is a throttle advance (yeah, I know the owner’s manual calls it a “choke”, but that was written by the guys who hid the oil filter under the exhaust pipe). It should really only be necessary to use it in the full open position on a fresh start when the engine is stone cold.




          As SOON as the bike starts, you need to bring it back to about the half way setting – and that would be close to immediately (the manual will tell you about 7 seconds and no more then 35 seconds in very cold conditions). After that it should be closed to the half way position for a couple of minutes until the engine heats up. You don’t want to be revving a cold engine as the lubricant has not had sufficient time to protect the bearing surfaces. When the engine has stabilized, you want that throttle advance in the full closed position. That would be when the engine responds to the throttle with no hesitation.




          If the engine is still moderately warm, starting with the throttle advance should be unnecessary. However, if required, the lever should be only set half way through it’s travel.



          --- Daddo (Larry Marino)
          Also, To quote the Clymers manual.....




          "The choke circuit is a "bystarter" system. The choke lever in this system opens a starter valve rather than closing the butterfly in the venturi. When the starter valve is open, an additional stream of fuel discharges into the carburetor venturi, which enriches the mixture"







          When starting your V Star 1100, it is better to leave the starter button depressed until it starts, or up to around 15-20 seconds. Pressing it for just a few seconds and letting off you are more likely to cause the motor to kick back and damage your starter clutch.










          The 2 main rules for starting your V Star 1100




          1.) NEVER use the throttle





          2.) Keep the button pressed until it starts (no more than 15-20 seconds)













          Hot Start Issue



          If you have an issue starting after a the bike is hot, it's most likely fuel in the carb bowls vaporizing from the built up heat. The best bet here to to make sure you allow enough time on the starter for the carbs to clear. Like mentioned above, just hold the starter button down until it fires.




          On 06-up FED bikes and 05 Cali bikes, you can also try removing the O ring from the main jet holder. Some have been able to simply remove the gas cap or shut off the fuel a short time before shutting off the bike to drain the bowls to help eliminate the issue, but the O ring removal seems to help pretty well.
          Many have also reported that the problem has all but disappeared when they modified the intake and went to a pod filter set up.

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          • #19
            This is were the info came from:

            https://sites.google.com/site/vstar1...enance-repairs

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            • #20
              i came here to the rsc before i purchased my first roadstar, i'll probably stop into the 1100 club and snoop around if i get close to one...everything i have read here would not stop me from doing so...zp...

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