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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-21-2010, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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I just purchased a 2005 V Star 1100. The bike didn't have plates on it so I wasn't able to take anything other than a short ride down a country backroad. Once I purchased the bike and was able to get it out on the interstate I was disappointed that it seemed to rev out at about 70 - 75 mph. Seems to be geared very low. Is this the case for all the 1100's? Don't get me wrong - the thing pulls like crazy through all gears and runs very smooth - just seems to be geared too low??? Normal??
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-21-2010, 07:22 PM
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I have an 09 1100. I can and have gone much faster than 75mph. In fact I have had it up to 95mph and had some throttle left. I am no expert but something sounds wrong to me. Others might have ideas but you might consider having a mechanic look at it.

Just got a 09 V Star 1100 Silverado and love it. Still have a 93 Virago XV535 and love it as well.
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-21-2010, 08:25 PM
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Could the clutch be slipping? 70-75 is slow. I was doing 90+ on the way to work today. If somebody put the wrong oil "Energy Conserving" the friction modifiers will let the clutch slip.

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Retired,

This might be far fetched but look at the model plate behind the headlight and be sure it is an 1100 not a 650.

Is the clutch slipping? Has the bike been stored a long time? Carbs might be gumed up, or synced.

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Retired,

This might be far fetched but look at the model plate behind the headlight and be sure it is an 1100 not a 650.

Is the clutch slipping? Has the bike been stored a long time? Carbs might be gumed up, or synced.

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I've checked - it's an 1100. Doesn't sound like the clutch is slipping. Previous owner switched to a full synthetic but I wouldn't imagine this would effect the performance.
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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-22-2010, 07:29 AM
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Cool 5 speeds bite

I have a 1100 2006 and find the same problem yep had it to a 100+ but sounds like it is going to blow up again lacking a tach dont know what rpms cruzes well at 60-70 otherwise sound to be running to high for my liking. I might by a road star today 1700. but again it is injected and only has 5 speed it a 08 with 3000 miles loaded for 7500.00 I think the 2010 road start or stratoliner is a 6 speed this has been a complaint in the industry from all owners at interstae speeds the bikes seem to run hard and not at cruz rpms. Some are starting to put 6 sppeds with over drives.
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According to the tach I mounted on my 1100 I am turning 4000 rpm at about 75 mph. I run at 75-80 with no problems. I think the stock pipes my make the engine sound like it is ready to blow. With my shoguns it sound very good at that speed, even up to 6500. Although I don't recommed 6500 for long.

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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-24-2010, 11:27 AM
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Yeah, my 06 1100 seems like it needs another gear too. But these bikes are happy at higher rpms so I don't worry about it much.

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You can run that thing all day at 80 mph. I rode a 650 for a few years before stepping up to the 950....they both revved high, as well. And were happy to do it.
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Thanks for all the help guys! Like the say, "drive it like ya stole it" I'll just drive the dog pee out of it!



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You can run that thing all day at 80 mph. I rode a 650 for a few years before stepping up to the 950....they both revved high, as well. And were happy to do it.
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