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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-03-2018, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all. I’ve been riding for 52 years, almost always Honda’s. Had a Yamaha on / off road years ago and a few Suzuki crotch rockets. I have a Honda Valkyrie Interstate now but want a cruiser. My sister had a V-Star 1100, and I liked it. I AM NOT going to pay what Harley wants for their bikes. So I’ll be scanning these pages for information on Yamaha cruisers. So any input is welcome.
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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-03-2018, 01:20 PM
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there are lot of good deals on Vstar cruisers out there

like this one for example. Try to find a HD that runs for $2500, much less a full bagger with only 30k miles on it: https://rochester.craigslist.org/mcy...711984459.html

I just got a 2000 Royal Star a few weeks ago, and love everything about it.

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<= over there

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post #3 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-03-2018, 02:01 PM
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Welcome from Houston Texas. The Vstar 1100 is a great bike. Only a few things to watch out with the 1100, starter clutch and axle spine nut are the top 2. Other than that, great all around bikes. So pull up a chair and read away. Keep us informed on your search. Here's a few interesting threads to check out when you get a chance.

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forum...ms-bike-month/

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forum...ighlight=Yammy

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forum...where-you.html

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forum...enced-you.html

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forum...ature-you.html

For a first time 1100 owner here is some great info.

https://sites.google.com/site/vstar1...r-must-do-list

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
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Welcome from Atlantic Canada. I agree with what the others have said, and having an 1100 I can say they are indeed a nice bike. Other than the issues Les mentioned they're pretty much bulletproof and if you make sure the spline nut can't come loose and use the proper starting technique (no throttle) you'll get lots of life out of the starter clutch. I believe they corrected that issue around 04 with a more heavy duty setup - someone correct me if I'm wrong.

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Ok.... put a deposit on a 2015 1300 v star. 1350 miles, $6500. With a 2 year Yamaha warranty. They said they would negotiate on the price if I just take the 90 day warranty. What’s that sound like to you guys?
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First of all congratulations and welcome to the Star family! The 1300 is a beautiful bike and that sounds like a good one. I can't recall hearing of any issues with them. Having a two year warranty would give you some peace of mind but it's pretty much a new bike so it's a tough call. I guess if it were me I'd have to weigh how much they'd be willing to come down with the shorter warranty period against the possibility of an expensive repair in 2 years. Kind of like deciding whether or not to buy the extended warranty on a new bike.

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First of all congratulations and welcome to the Star family! The 1300 is a beautiful bike and that sounds like a good one. I can't recall hearing of any issues with them. Having a two year warranty would give you some peace of mind but it's pretty much a new bike so it's a tough call. I guess if it were me I'd have to weigh how much they'd be willing to come down with the shorter warranty period against the possibility of an expensive repair in 2 years. Kind of like deciding whether or not to buy the extended warranty on a new bike.
I too have had a bunch of bikes...Zukes, Kawas and now my Yammy...I love my 1300...Lots of power...nice low center and if you are into highway cruising...it really can't be beat. There some mods that can be done...most for next to nothing....I just did the O2 sensor fix...have more resisitors that any man has a right to own...PM me and I;ll sent you one...

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I think I’ll offer $5k and see where it goes from there.
And yeah, mods sound good.
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Prices depend so much on the location but in May I bought a 2004 XVS1100 for $2800 and a month later a 2000 Sportster 1200 for $2300, both with the typical PO issues but in fine shape and very road-worthy.
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