Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Corona De Tucson, AZ
Almost all years of V Star 1100 have had the mid shaft issue. You have to realize that the greatest numbers were sold during the years you listed....so of course we see more instances of it. As much as you might hear about, it is still a relatively uncommon occurrence. I don't think Yamaha ever changed anything except a more aggressive staking of the nut....and that wasn't until 08 or 09 if I remember correctly.
If you want to avoid it for sure. Just stack the nut in place and you'll never have to worry about it.
Also..the rear wheel will not lock up...the bike will run and move just fine, it'll just be really noisy and you'll know something is wrong. I've seen guys ride over 100 miles with it broken. It did beat things up a little in the shaft area like the speedo sensor, but all was easily fixable even after all of those miles.
Even if it does break, it's a pretty simple and inexpensive repair. I did it 20,000 miles ago and have not had an issue since. Nor have I seen anyone have an issue with the repair in all the instances I've seen over the last 12 years.
The 1100 is an incredibly durable machine.....
Sick Mick* 2006 V Star 1100 Custom
--- Striping, lettering and paint by Sick Mick – 6* Tree - 2" extended forks – 21" front wheel - HK Sideburners - Progressive rear shock – Pods – Sick Mick solenoid delete - Spring seat - and other stuff