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Today's rant! 1100

Just finished changing the oil in my wifes 1100 custom, grrr I keep forgetting how much I hate doing an oil change on it. I have Hard Chrome shorties on it and have to remove both pipes to get to the filter. I would like to have a few minutes alone with the engineer that designed it! It's not surprising that Yammy discontinued the 1100, I would not buy another one or recommend one either. I ride the 1300 and oil and filter is a breeze to change. Next oil change I will be installing an ORK or get her a new bike. I'm tired of the poor design, OK I'm done now ranting now!
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Tell us how you REALLY feel about it! ;-)


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I was considering the 1100 before I bought my 1300 because they were so plentiful around here. When I discovered you had to remove the exhaust to complete O&F change, I pretty much ruled it out. I like to throw the local indy shop some biz but I like to change my own oil! Taking the pipes off every oil change sounded like a real PITA.

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That's why you buy the oil filter relocation kit. Problem solved. That's like not buying a bike because there's not enough chrome on it...
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Sunday I went for a ten minute ride to warm the bike up, changed the oil and filter, then went for a ten minute ride to check for leaks, all in a half hour. Love my 1100 Classic with the ORK.
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Just finished changing the oil in my wifes 1100 custom, grrr I keep forgetting how much I hate doing an oil change on it. I have Hard Chrome shorties on it and have to remove both pipes to get to the filter. I would like to have a few minutes alone with the engineer that designed it! It's not surprising that Yammy discontinued the 1100, I would not buy another one or recommend one either. I ride the 1300 and oil and filter is a breeze to change. Next oil change I will be installing an ORK or get her a new bike. I'm tired of the poor design, OK I'm done now ranting now!
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What are some of your thoughts about this issue?
I dont mind doing it, I have a fairly stressful job so getting to change my oil and spend time in the garage is a nice oasis. I know it sounds silly but I look forward to working on it. As daunting as it may be, its time away from the cell phone with the radio blasting.

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I actually enjoyed changing the oil filter... I've been trying to learn how to do EVERYTHING on my bike and the realization that removing such a large part of the bike (the whole exhaust) was pretty easy has made me a lot more confident about tearing into other things... kind of like changing out brake pads made me less scared that I was going to kill myself if I messed with vital stuff. That being said, I wouldn't mind installing an ORK the next time I change the oil

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An ORK would be nice but, like others have noted, I LIKE wrenching on stuff.

Taking the pipes off gives me something to do while I wait for the oil to drain.

Unless I break an exhaust bolt, dropping the pipes is not a big deal.

If I figure it takes an hour to change the oil, and I bill my time to myself at $25 an hour... I can change the oil 10 times for the cost of an ORK. By the time I put that many miles on this bike, I will probably be looking for a new bike anyway.
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I prefer to drink a cold one instead of wrestling with warm pipes while the oil drains. :-)

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