A few newb questions I'd appreciate feedback on:
1) She starts fine, but when cold (meaning not run in last few hours, not "cold" weather) always requires "choke" to go. Then get lumpiness/hesitation until she's good and hot - e.g. 3-5 minutes riding, 5+ minutes just idling in the driveway. Is that normal? If not, what should I be checking? Look at the plugs? Check valves?
2) I'm getting about 125 miles before having to flip to reserve. IIRC, that's about 35 MPG. That's mostly lower-speed hilly roads (e.g. windy mountainous two-laners running 35-50 MPH). I'm pretty heavy on the throttle when accelerating, and I probably tend to run a gear lower than ideal for max mileage. Don't know my avg revs (tach on the way), but typically am shifting on the 10's - e.g. 2nd at 20MPH, 3rd at 30, etc.
3) Coming up on 24K and will likely take in to the local dealer to do that for now. Any particular issues I should have them look at, check out?
4) "Remote" oil filter kit. Having my first service as owner done by the dealer notwithstanding, I tend to do my own maintenance. I'd like to opt out of pulling the pipes for every oil change and put in a remote kit. Any feedback on the variants and which one is recommended? I've seen some disturbing posts/videos about some with too-small lines leading to starvation at startup.
5) Saddlebag reccos. I have Saddlemen soft, non-locking bags that are in "okay" shape, but starting to show their age. Interested in getting lockable hard bags. Suggestions/experiences welcome.
Thanks in advance for your input.
For 1. as suggested, sounds like it's time for a carb clean up as that's not normal. Choke on cold for me is open maybe 1 minute and then good to go... slowly push it back in and she's purring. It's actually not advisable for running the bike with the choke open for more than a couple of minutes... it can really heat up and blue your pipes. I believe it actually says that right in the owner's manual.
2. Check out https://www.starbikeforums.com/forums...ht=gas+mileage
3. It really depends on the driver, I have no idea what RPM I shift and and even with a tach, I would never look at it, same with a car when it's manual. You can feel when the bike needs to shift, a certain sound of the engine and amount of vibration. Your bike should not be screaming and rattling apart when you shift, you're shifting too late. Should be a nice comfortable smooth ride as you shift through. Honestly, a tach is a toy that you'll barely look at... inn fact the only time I would look at it is for power testing or something when I have to be at specific RPMs. It would be totally ignored for driving purposes.
Also, the manual will tell you when it recommends to shift... but if it's like the 650, the speeds are really conservative imo.
4. I'm on the fence on these... some people LOVE them, others don't recommend them. I would probably go for one, just get one with the bigger lines, compare on eBay and you'll see there's 2 or 3 line sizes. Don't buy a cheapo.
5. Can't help you here, my vstar was customized to allow for 1970's Harley panhead bags. I actually completely rebuilt them and wired up some nice LEDs in them this past winter.