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I've been searching for that "perfect" V Star 1300 for an upgrade from my Suzuki C50 Boulevard (800cc) and think I have the one I'd like to purchase. The plan is to drive down weekend after this coming and if all looks (and rides) good, I'll trailer it the 10 hours home.

The bike is a 2008 1300 tourer with 30K miles and really loaded with options. The only downside I see in talking with the owner (one owner bike) is that he hasn't had the valve adjustment done since it was new. The valve adjustment looks a LOT like what I've done several times on my C50, so I can do it once I get the bike back home. He has changed the oil religiously.

The price is right (well below book) and he is selling due to his advancing age (approaching 70).

Am I asking for trouble in purchasing a bike that hasn't had the adjustment done?

Or does it make sense just to purchase it, do the adjustment, then have fun riding it and quite worrying about it?

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Hey Dave,

Some years ago I went from a 2007 C50 to a 2008 Vstar 1300 Tourer. The 1300 was used with almost 7000 miles on it. It was one of my best decisions ever.
Even though some years later I am now on a Road King, the 1300 was a fantastic upgrade from the C50. I traded in the 1300 with (guessing) around 18000 miles on it.

Never had a valve adjustment either on the 1300, even though on my c50 I too have done valve adjustments, boy what a PITA that is.

The 1300 owners manual was updated some years later to state they only need to be checked at 15K intervals. Many owners reported that no adjustment was needed and the ones who did said it was slight.

For me personally, as long as the engine sounds good I would not hesitate to make your purchase, even more so that an older person owned the bike.
The 1300 is a great bike for the price, and yes, I would do a valve check once you buy it, also change the brake fluid.
 

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Yep the 1300 has the 16K valve adjustment interval. However most have said when it was checked, it didn't need any adjustment if any. The 1300, 950, and Stryker engines uses rollers that ride on the camshaft, this in itself significantly reduces wear.

Here is a 1300 forum, just about everything you could ever ask or know about them can be found here.

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V Star 1300 Wiki / FrontPage
 

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Thanks for the replies fellas. I've visited all the yamaha and v star sites I could find and unfortunately many are not very active. They do hold a treasure trove of information, which I've downloaded and made documents for valve adjusting, tank removal, performance upgrades, and anything else that looked the least bit useful.

The bike I'm looking at has full ultimate seats and backrests, driving lights, highway bar, luggage rack, passenger floorboards, fender tips, 12 V adapter and even a trailer hitch. I'll probably put on braided brake hoses when I do the fluids and will ride it awhile before I decide on any performance upgrades (slip on, air filter, ECU flash, etc) and riding upgrades (progressive springs, lowers).

If I could have upgraded the performance of my C50, I would have done it and been a happy man. But every single post I've read w/r/t C50 performance upgrades said the same thing..... you would spend a fortune and not get much. The conclusion was the same every time..... upgrade to a bike with the performance you want. I did test drive a V Star 1300 and found it to ride well, accelerated well, looked nice and wasn't that much heavier than my C50. Easy decision.

I guess first thing I need to do is make a lift frame to fit the underside of the 1300. My C50 spoiled me as it was so easy to just pull up on the handlebar, slide the jack under the frame, and pump it up.

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These items alone (slip on, air filter, ECU flash), etc will give you about a 12 HP boost. The ECU flash makes the bike ride like a completely different bike, and gets rid of all the annoying things about the ON/OFF fuel injection behavior.
 

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Here is a 1300 forum, just about everything you could ever ask or know about them can be found here.

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The 1300 forum above used to be a good forum and there is still a lot of good info there and people. Sadly its run by a new moderator, nothing like the old moderator (Morg) free thoughts are out with the new guy, no matter how respectful, you will find posts he does not agree with deleted with no notice.

Not much of a forum when one can not respectfully post thoughts and he will get more smart of see the demise of his "kingdom" ./// :eek:)
 

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These items alone (slip on, air filter, ECU flash), etc will give you about a 12 HP boost. The ECU flash makes the bike ride like a completely different bike, and gets rid of all the annoying things about the ON/OFF fuel injection behavior.
Sorry, but I would have to disagree. MAYBE 5 hp if lucky.

My 09 1300T has full exhaust, K&N Filter, Custom mapped tune and gained 9hp. Better tune than any off the website or out of the box tune.
 

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Sorry, but I would have to disagree. MAYBE 5 hp if lucky.

My 09 1300T has full exhaust, K&N Filter, Custom mapped tune and gained 9hp. Better tune than any off the website or out of the box tune.
LOL...there you go being all realistic. Great to see somebody that actually checked to see where their HP was at.
 

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I've been searching for that "perfect" V Star 1300 for an upgrade from my Suzuki C50 Boulevard (800cc) and think I have the one I'd like to purchase. The plan is to drive down weekend after this coming and if all looks (and rides) good, I'll trailer it the 10 hours home.

The bike is a 2008 1300 tourer with 30K miles and really loaded with options. The only downside I see in talking with the owner (one owner bike) is that he hasn't had the valve adjustment done since it was new. The valve adjustment looks a LOT like what I've done several times on my C50, so I can do it once I get the bike back home. He has changed the oil religiously.

The price is right (well below book) and he is selling due to his advancing age (approaching 70).

Am I asking for trouble in purchasing a bike that hasn't had the adjustment done?

Or does it make sense just to purchase it, do the adjustment, then have fun riding it and quite worrying about it?

NCDaveD.
My own experience (and what I've seen here many times too) suggests that not adjusting the valves in 30,000 miles would be no huge problem. Most folks who adjust at that kind of interval would find only moderate wear / little change needed IME.

By all means, do the adjustment when you get 'er home. Just saying my understanding is failure to do so in that interval is not gonna be terribly significant.
 

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Thanks for the replies fellas. I've visited all the yamaha and v star sites I could find and unfortunately many are not very active. They do hold a treasure trove of information, which I've downloaded and made documents for valve adjusting, tank removal, performance upgrades, and anything else that looked the least bit useful... NCDaveD
This one is as active as any I've found, and even here there's far less posting specific to the 1300 than 1100's and others. Maybe our 1300's just aren't old enough yet to have built up the dialog?
 

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Sorry, but I would have to disagree. MAYBE 5 hp if lucky.

My 09 1300T has full exhaust, K&N Filter, Custom mapped tune and gained 9hp. Better tune than any off the website or out of the box tune.
Disagree all ya want:smile: here is the dyno to prove it. Also full exhaust looses HP due to the lack of back pressure, a 2 into 1 has the best HP gains period.

The air box is the limiting factor a K&N filter won't do anything since the air box is limited.

Here is the dyno results Stock, ECU flash, 2 into 1 exhaust, etc.

Ivan's Performance Products

"Custom tunes without re-flashing the ECU" can't effectively tune since they simply chase the ECU.
 

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It looks like he did all the testing... Looks like I could gain a few more hp just by changing the intake. Considering I gained what I did with my mods. I have the Cobra speedsters which is still a 2-1-2. 9hp I'd say it's not bad at all for the $150 I spent! Good info for sure. My tuner definitely smoothed everything out with the on/off curve, decel, and everything he did. My tune definitely woke my bike up!
 
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