New (to me) 1985 V-Max 1200 - Star Motorcycle Forums: Star Raider, V-Max, V-Star, Road-Star Forum
 11Likes
  • 3 Post By Scrumdown
  • 1 Post By lesblank
  • 1 Post By KCW
  • 2 Post By Scrumdown
  • 2 Post By NorthernRider
  • 1 Post By ordgoyo5
  • 1 Post By bokobob
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-12-2019, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Scrumdown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Poquoson, VA
Posts: 868
Garage
New (to me) 1985 V-Max 1200

A Mason brother is moving to a new home & didn't want to transport this bike 20 minutes up the road.
His laziness is my gain!
I haven't read the service manual. So some things I say maybe wrong. Forgive me.

Here is what I know about the bike.
* A little over 14k miles
* Last time is was started: about 3 & 1/2 years ago. (Ran like crap. Sputtered & popped.)
* Quick inspection of tires. Look good, no dry rot
* Clean title

Needs:
- Battery
- Fuel filter
- Rear brake caliper is stuck. Replacw/rebuild/just flush it?
- Draft shaft oil drain/replace
- Flush clutch cable fluid (was told it's hydrolic)
- Flush front brakes
- Drain/replace engine oil & filter

I am sure there are other things I will have to replace/fix as I go along.

Hope you the adventure as much as I will.

~Scrumdown

Ride Smart! Ride Often!
crupiea, EleArt and blackadder like this.

No matter what you ride. Just ride!
Scrumdown is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-12-2019, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Scrumdown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Poquoson, VA
Posts: 868
Garage
Another need:
- flush the coolant system

Ride Smart! Ride Often!

No matter what you ride. Just ride!
Scrumdown is offline  
post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-12-2019, 11:30 AM
Moderator
 
lesblank's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 3,784
Garage
Very cool project. All needed items seem pretty straight forward. On the caliper I would replace, depending on cost, before I rebuilt. Brake fluid can really corrode things up. The fuel system cleaning will properly be the most labor intensive. Keep us updated.
Scrumdown likes this.

2001 Vstar 1100 Classic (sold), Cobra Slash Cut full exhaust, Dropped 1 inch with lowering links, ORK, 4.5 inch handlebar risers, Ultimate passenger seat, Passenger pegs moved forward 4 inches, Handlebar clock, KN air filter, Viking saddlebags, Additional rear lighting
Loose nut "me" behind the bars
2006 Harley Electra Glide Ultra Classic

https://sites.google.com/site/vstar1100kb/home
lesblank is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-12-2019, 11:49 AM
KCW
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Posts: 4,980
Garage
wow, that thing is a beast

when I see them listed on craigslist I click on the listing to see what the deal is

Im not sure if Ive ever seen one with more than 10k miles on it - I imagine most people who buy them are scared to death to ride it, and do not ride it very often.

you have been here long enough to know the situation with the fuel and carbs after sitting for over 3 years.

Flushing the clutch is easy, like flushing the brake lines, drain the reservoir with a turkey baster, fill it with fresh dot 4, then keep pumping it thru like you are bleeding brakes till its running clear coming out the other end. Only difference is it does not pump up like brakes, you squeeze the clutch lever, open the bleeder valve, watch the fluid coming out while you hold the lever in, and try to close the bleeder valve right before it stops. The clutch spring is moving and pushing the fluid out, instead of having the brake build up resistance then pulling in. Its the same process.

Just be careful to keep the reservoir from sucking air, because you might not be able to prime it again without taking the master cylinder apart.

That bike is insane fast. Let us know what your insurance goes up to.
Scrumdown likes this.
KCW is offline  
post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-12-2019, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Scrumdown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Poquoson, VA
Posts: 868
Garage
I plan on getting her running & sell her.

And I'll post videos & pictures as I make progress.

Ride Smart! Ride Often!
lesblank and KCW like this.

No matter what you ride. Just ride!
Scrumdown is offline  
post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-12-2019, 04:28 PM
Senior Member
 
NorthernRider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: New Brunswick, Canada
Posts: 1,963
Garage
Nice looking ride! I hear that cushion at the back of the driver's seat is to keep you from sliding off when you twist the throttle. Those things are ridiculously fast!
Scrumdown and blackadder like this.

Paul
2007 Vulcan Nomad
V&H exhaust

2000 V Star 1100 Classic (Sold)
All stock except for:
Kuryakyn Grips
4" Risers
Switchblade Quick Release Windshield
Ugly but somewhat functional saddlebags
NorthernRider is online now  
post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-18-2019, 01:23 AM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Phoenix area
Posts: 23
Excellent find!

You are one lucky guy! Take your time and do everything right then enjoy your new ride!!!!
Scrumdown likes this.
ordgoyo5 is online now  
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-19-2019, 07:13 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 35
Whether you sell or keep, you may want to check the date of manufacture on tires...Find the letters DOT on tire, and go to last four digits following several numbers.....they shows the week and the year of manufacture.....Example: 2314 is 23rd week of 2014....Many say about dryrot, visible or not, five years age is a common time to renew. I will add especially on such a powerful bike.

Bike is very handsome.
Scrumdown likes this.

Grace + Peace,

Bob
2007 Vstar 650.
1994 Honda Magna V4
1995 BMW K75, 3 cyl
1994 Kawasaki Vulcan 500
2004 Honda Rebel 250
bokobob is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Star Motorcycle Forums: Star Raider, V-Max, V-Star, Road-Star Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
1985 Venture cheap! JoeRoyal Venture/Eluder 0 09-04-2018 09:22 AM
v star 650 complete motor and everything needed to start 1200 kallen924 For Sale 0 01-26-2009 09:10 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome