Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Corona De Tucson, AZ
Many people try to start the 1100 by cranking the starter for 2-3 seconds and expect it to start every time...like an FI vehicle. Then when it doesn't start, they crank the throttle open which throws the timing out (TPS) and this can cause the motor to kick back and damage the starter clutch. This is compounded by repeated 2-3 second stabs on the starter...which only increases the odds of failure.
You start an 1100 by holding the start button down until it starts. No throttle....no letting up (within reason)
Even with a starter clutch replacement.....it's about the only semi-expensive thing to ever go wrong with these bikes...and 80%+ are self inflicted. A $400 repair bill in the life of a motorcycle isn't much at all..... Most other big name brands you'd be in far more than that.
It isn't all that hard to keep the timing straight....you just need to keep it straight, like you mentioned, as simple as marking things correctly.
Sick Mick* 2006 V Star 1100 Custom
--- Striping, lettering and paint by Sick Mick – 6* Tree - 2" extended forks – 21" front wheel - HK Sideburners - Progressive rear shock – Pods – Sick Mick solenoid delete - Spring seat - and other stuff