Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: New Brunswick, Canada
VStar 1100 Engine Noise Question
I picked up a 2003 VStar 1100 classic in the spring. The bike currently has 63,000 kms on it. The bike runs great and performs well on the road. The oil needs changed and I will be doing that later this week.
The question I have pertains to what I am going to call a "growl" when accelerating the bike. I would like to get an idea as to whether this normal. I notice it more in 2nd and 3rd gear and it seems to smooth out in 4th and 5th. There is also a ticking noise, which I think is just that the valves need adjusted.
Is there anything I should be doing to a bike with higher kms to maintain it better, or is standard maintenance fine.