Now, I don't ride bikes myself. I signed up so I can get some questions answered as I fix my dad's 2006 Yamaha V-Star 1100 Classic. I'd love to send pics but it's missing parts as I fix the poor thing.
He's debating whether to sell it or go back to riding it. It has been sitting in the driveway for 3 or more years under a bike cover meant for a Yamaha speed bike my older bro used to own. It fits but barely. Then it ripped apart. So to the covered porch it went. Fun getting the thing up three steps on car ramps for oil changes.
Obviously the battery went dead long since. Bought a new one. Turned over but didn't start. Apparently bikes suffer the same stale gas as lawn care power tools like mowers and such. Carb rebuild time. Done that and re-install the carb without any problems. if it doesn't even try to start on full choke then that orifice may be plugged also
Time to start it up with a recharged battery. No start, no nothing, even the digital odo didn't show up. Turns out I had the mains fuse in the spare fuse slot under the seat instead of where it's meant to go. Rookie mistake, but Yamaha should name the fuse block under the seat like they did on the left side.
Trying again, lights work, fuel pump buzzed like it should. Then I got a code 58 on the check engine light. Fuel solenoid valve open/shorted. Looked under the carbs and saw that one of them had a wire completely break out off the solenoid leaving a hole in it. The other solenoid still have the wire attached but it doesn't look good. Exposed copper strands as the insulation fell apart where it goes into the valve. Looks like I'll be shelling $150 for a tiny solenoid.
Are the solenoids the same parts or they're different? I know the connectors for them differs in colors but I dunno whether they interchange or not.
Hopefully I can get this bike up and running and my dad goes back to riding it. Lots of work to do before it's roadworthy. Oil change, brakes flushed and so on. Thankfully it's air cooled so one less fluid to contend with.