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Hi
I have the chance to buy a 2001 vstar 1100 classic with 13000 miles on it for around 3000.00-3300.00.
I just wanted to get some thoughts on the mileage on the bike , if the price was good,and some of the issues I might run into with it mechanically .

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Depends, who had it, how did they ride, what did they do about maint. oil, filter ect. 13000 is no miles if taken care of, or a nightmare, get, if you haven't already, some history. The price could be very good or much too much, be careful. Think about it before you jump. Ride Free, Ride Safe :D
 

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Kelly Blue book

Kelly Blue book says for my zip code it is worth $4,000. Look it over to see if it is clean, oil is clean, to see if it looks like the owner took care of it. Look for signs it has been down. This time of year if you are up north you should get a bargin. Not likely they would sell it in N. E. Ohio where I live. It is 9 years old but there are a lot of 9 year bikes out there that look good.

Dave
 

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Thanks for the replies,
I am in Phila pa, The bike is at a dealer. I am going to look at it this weekend. From what I have been told it is in great shape, never been down and has after market pipes on it.
My biggest worry is future mechanical problems.

Do you think with proper upkeep a bike like tis could get 50,000 miles?
 

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Thanks for the replies,
I am in Phila pa, The bike is at a dealer. I am going to look at it this weekend. From what I have been told it is in great shape, never been down and has after market pipes on it.
My biggest worry is future mechanical problems.

Do you think with proper upkeep a bike like tis could get 50,000 miles?
In a word, yes. You said the key words, proper upkeep. An 1100 is very capable of 50000 plus many, many more. In my experience, that number can be had easily, it's up to the rider just how many. I do wonder about the after market pipes, was it re-jetted, got any burnt valves involved ect? You are talkin lots of heat without it.
Depends on how you treat your stuff. Ride Free, Ride Safe:D
 

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I have 2000 Vstar 1100 Custom, i got it having 5100 miles for $ 3800, it was in excellent condition, had an idle problem due to sitting /lack of riding but a little sea foam, high test fuel, and riding fixed that, they had cleaned carbs prior which helped also. you got to ride these bikes and not let them sit too long.

my experience has been great so far, i have had no problems at all and i have put 2000 miles on the bike in the last 5 months, its been fun and i havent ridden or had a bike like this before, totally new to all this, i really enjoy it.

i have added a few small things; lindy engine guard bars, saddle bags and supports, luggage bag, sheepskin seat cover, iso grips, tank, window, barrel bags, license cover, some chrome items, i got a 1100 air cleaner insert thats nice to set off the air cleaner a bit, helmet lock relocation kit, battery charger external cable for trickle charger, all the stuff , except bars were pretty inexpensive. i probably will get seat upgrade next spring.

i like the bike so far, over 50000 should be easy, take care of it

enjoy, ride safe
 

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Thanks for all the great replies!
I am trying to arrange a time to go look at the bike but do to work the first time I have free is the Sat after Xmas...hopefully it will still be there.
The Vstars really fit me well as I have sat on everyone at all the dealers near me.

This will be my first bike and I just wanted to make sure that I pick the right one.

I will keep let ypu know if I look at it.
Again thanks for all the great info.
 

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I bought a 2001 1100 Custom in April this year. It had 15K miles on it, Carlinis, Mapam forwards, Cobra exhaust and a Corbin seat, along with chrome goodies. I paid $3600 and the thing was valued at over $4200 without all the goodies on there.
My local shop said the bike should last 50+, and I know a guy with 80K on his.

Great bike, and dependable as hell. Good luck!
 

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Thanks for the replies,
I am in Phila pa, The bike is at a dealer. I am going to look at it this weekend. From what I have been told it is in great shape, never been down and has after market pipes on it.
My biggest worry is future mechanical problems.

Do you think with proper upkeep a bike like tis could get 50,000 miles?
I have an 02 V Star 1100. Will it last to 50,000 miles with proper upkeep, synthetic fluids and greases all around? No, sorry. Not anywhere near 50,000. Try 100,000+. I ride my bike in severe weather, I literally get several ounces of DUST AND DIRT out of my air filter every few thousand miles and my bike runs like a top. On a recent 120 mile run I got 56.5MPG going down, and 53.something going back up.

A few words: Keep your valves adjusted. Immediately after you adjust the valves, warm the motor up and synchronize the carbs. You can make a manometer for under $4. It's what I use. I have made 4 of them so far. If I can't find it I'll just make another one.

I perform regular maintenance on the starter. I greased my rear linkage and axle with full synthetic grease. I use full synthetic Valvoline 20/50 and Lucas oil in the crankcase. If you follow these steps and replace your engine oil every 3,000 miles even if you use synthetic you will be giving the bike to your kids. I won't put dino oil in anything I use. It's just me. I won't waste my money. Same with grease. I want my stuff to last. And it does.

The 1100 is a super stout motorcycle. It's well designed and VERY durable, even offroad, which I ride mine alot. The weakness is the starter clutch, which supposedly some people have had trouble with it. I haven't had any trouble because I use synthetic oils. Regular starter servicing I believe also helps extend starter clutch life.

This is the best motorcycle I have ever owned. I have literally had both wheels off the ground and the back end kick out in a jump, and have been all up and down some pretty gnarly dirt trails with the bike and it has held up. It's a fantastic machine. Easy to maintain, a blast to ride, economical and reliable.
 
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