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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-29-2014, 07:25 AM Thread Starter
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Just bought an '06 1100 VStar

Hey gang .. just bought a cherry '06 1100 VStar Classic. Three questions:

1. At certain speeds, I get a rattle that sounds like a license plate loose, but it's somewhere up front .. maybe around the forks. No vibration .. just an annoying metallic buzz/rattle up front somewhere. I've tried grabbing different areas, but haven't found it.

3. I've only put gas in once, but it was nearly impossible. Even at the absolute slowest flow, gas sprayed out the inlet. I literally spilled 1/2 gallon of gas all over my bike trying to trickle fuel in. There is some filter-y looking thing a few inches into the tank that it seems the fuel goes through that splatters it everywhere. Thoughts?

4. Finally, I've gotten a bit spoiled with my other bike (goldwing) in that I have tremendous wind protection. I've been looking into several fairing manufacturers (Memphis Shades, etc.). Even looked into a full one I install mp3/CD and speakers in. Open to ALL/ANY input as I have no idea. I've noted most 1100 Classics just sport a windshield .. which may be the way to go.

Thanks in advance for any help
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-29-2014, 12:41 PM
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Hi and welcome to the forum. Corsair is our resident professional on the 1100s and he will be the best source of info for you. I have one of those filtery looking things I use when I fill up my 950t. They work. Its rubbery, yellow, and they cost around $20. They're all over ebay, amazon, and most local dealerships. Various opinions abound regarding batwings and windshields. I have a tall windshield and lower air deflectors. Vert minimal buffeting. Shop around tho, as prices vary quite a bit. Hope this helps some. Now, how about some pics of your ride?

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Congrats on the new bike. I just bought the same bike just over a month ago. Only thing I can give a positive answer to is the refueling thing. I have never experienced your issue but every time I fill up I stick the nozzle all the way in and through the hole in the bottom of the filler neck. Once it clicks off I pull it back and look inside the filler neck while I slowly add fuel until it is even with the bottom of the neck. Never spilt a drop thus far.

My bike has the yami windshield so can't help ya with comparisons.

As far as the rattle I would just go through and check every screw, bolt, and nut on the front of the bike and maybe you can find something loose.
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Congratulations on the new bike.

On the buzz from the front end. I chased an aggravating buzz like vibration in the front of my bike. It turned out to be the medallion on my key ring.

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Congrats on the new bike. I just bought the same bike just over a month ago. Only thing I can give a positive answer to is the refueling thing. I have never experienced your issue but every time I fill up I stick the nozzle all the way in and through the hole in the bottom of the filler neck. Once it clicks off I pull it back and look inside the filler neck while I slowly add fuel until it is even with the bottom of the neck. Never spilt a drop thus far.

My bike has the yami windshield so can't help ya with comparisons.

As far as the rattle I would just go through and check every screw, bolt, and nut on the front of the bike and maybe you can find something loose.
Yeah. Do that.


As for the rattle, I can't really think of anything common. The brake hoses and all the wiring is held in by metal wire brackets. Maybe just give the whole front end a once over and make sure everything is secure?

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Welcome to the forum from Northwest Illinois. Glad that you joined us and look forward to hearing about you and ssing pics of your bike. My 1100 has a windshield so I'm no help there. I agree that anything hanging from the key or keys will vibrate at speed. As far as the fuel, I also put the nozzle all the way through the hole in the strainer and then slowly fill it up more after it clicks off. Some of the nozzles are super touchy. Post often and ride safe.

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Most common front end rattles are, keys, cables and wires, connections in the headlight bucket.
For the fueling problem find a favorite pump that has more control of flow, and make sure the nozzle is all the way in the hole.

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Congrats on your new purchase. I'm sure you'll get a perma grin on your face right quick with this fine machine. Now to your questions. Like Keith said, I think that the filter thingy is an aftermarket addition. If you have no issue with clean fuel, I would just remove it. You do have an inline filter on the bike. Front end rattle, in addition to the above suggestions, have a look at your tins they may have loosened. And finally the wind issue. I have a classic also and started off with a windshield. The windshield did the job of blocking most of the wind but I didn't like the look so I got a Memphis Shades batwing. This was the look I was looking for and depending on the size of windshield you get with it, you get more or less wind. I first got a 7 inch shield but found that I got to much buffeting at highway speeds. I then got a 9 inch one and that cured the buffeting.

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Thanks guys! Pics to come, I promise. The only one I have right now was a quickie with my old GoldWing in the background I took for my dad. I'll take a better one today. Greatly appreciate all the input. Took her for a little spin last night to my daughter's place about 40 miles away. GREAT FUN! GREAT BIKE! All highway. And, indeed, I do need a fairing/windshield. I've ridden all my life behind one, and completely lost the appreciation for a 70 mph wind flailing at me. Congrats to you guys that can ride without one. If I go with the batwing, I'll have to do what you did, Corsair, and start trying windshield sizes. So, with the 9 inch, you are still looking over the windshield, and not through it .. yes? All my bikes had large fairings or windshields that I looked through. Thanks again to all for the input. Will look into the filter thing and find that rattle.
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OK .. "yup" on the filter thingy. I was able to pull it out of the filler hole, and filled up with no incident. thanks, gang. I'm going to go with the memphis shades batwing. Finding them everywhere (ebay, various online places, etc.). going to try to find a local place as I've had issues in the past where the top of the windshield is RIGHT in my line of sight. Had another great ride tonight.

Thinking of adding passing lights .. which would change the fairing. Many choices.

thanks again, gang.
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