Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Toronto, Canada
V Star 1100 mods/upgrade advice needed
I own a 2003 Yamaha V Star 1100 Custom which is untouched i.e. everything stock.
I want to get some work done on the bike this year and the list is as follows:
1. Replace stock pipes with slip-ons or change the exhaust system completely.
Ive done some research and the decision is still not clear. Should I change the full pipe or should I get the slip-ons. The reason I want to do this is because the motorcycle sounds dangerously soft on the road.
If I get slip-ons, do I re-jet the carbs? Is that recommended or a necessity?
I assume it would be a necessity if the entire exhaust system is changed.
2. Add new tires.
This is long overdue and ive got 30k on the stock Dunlops. Any suggestions on a decent pair of tires? I was thinking Metzeler 880. I was looking at motorcycle-superstore.com but other websites / stores welcome.
3. Install Hypercharger or change Air Filter
This one may be more cosmetic than helpful but id love some input. I read a lot online about how these increase the power in a bike but wouldn’t a K&N air filter do almost exactly that? Maybe not as much but pretty close? If you have added a hypercharger on your bike and noticed a world of difference - I wanna know.
Also, would it be better to get 1. and 3. done together since re-jetting the carbs will definitely need to be done if a Hypercharger is installed? Am I right?
Your responses and comments are appreciated.
Thanks in advance. Cheers!