New bike service and comments
Hey all, so I picked up this super clean Vstar yesterday. I think I was a little "starry eyed" when I was buying it. I knew it needed a front tire but I didn't see the back was deteriorated as well. Here is what I have done to the bike so far. I replaced both the front and back tire with Dunlop 404's. Made a HUGE difference in the handling in ride. I replaced engine oil, oil filter, and final drive oil. I replaced both of the spark plugs.
When the tires were getting installed, they commented that the front brake pads were "saturated" with fluid and they think it might be fork oil, though no signs that the seals are leaking, may have been a past issue that was fixed but left the brake pads in their deteriorated condition. I had thought the brake fluid or a brake bleed would help, but I wound up pulling the caliper off and cleaning the whole assembly. Still does not work that well. So last on my list is to throw on some new pads. That and I have an air filter on the way.
Anything else you would do? The bike is otherwise very tight and smooth, runs and rides VERY well. I can see why they are so popular. I have had older ones but this 08' is a LOT better than the older models I have had.