Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: New Brunswick, Canada
Welcome from Atlantic Canada, Joe. You need to post in the introduction forum first. It sometimes takes a bit of time for it to activate.
I have an 1100 and they are very dependable and pretty much bulletproof. Earlier versions (pre 04, I believe) had issues with the starter clutch, but that shouldn't be an issue with an 05. The voltage regulator/rectifier can go and will cook your battery (I learned this the hard way). I'm told one from an 05 RoadStar will plug in and is much more heavy duty. The only other issue that happened to a few bikes is the nut backing off on the output shaft and the driveshaft coming off. That's easily fixed with Loctite or by buggering up the threads so the nut can't back off. This may have been addressed on newer models as well but I'm not sure. Personally, I feel better for securing mine.
Those are the only things I know of. It's not really anything you can tell by looking at the bike, but like any used bike you can usually tell if its been maintained properly. These bikes rated at the top of the motorcycle reliability report (someone posted a link somewhere on here but I don't have it). The 1100s were made for 11 years with basically only cosmetic changes (and the starter clutch upgrade), so you know they got it right right out of the gate. Change the oil every 3000 to 5000, do the regular maintenance, and you'll see over 100,000 basically trouble free miles.
Edit: I just reread your post and saw the mileage. Make sure you look in the fuel tank for signs of rust if it's been sitting for a while.
2007 Vulcan Nomad
2000 V Star 1100 Classic (Sold)
All stock except for:
Switchblade Quick Release Windshield
Ugly but somewhat functional saddlebags
Last edited by NorthernRider; 11-08-2018 at 05:40 PM.