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Alright, squeezed some time out of my work yesterday afternoon, drove down about 100 miles with wife, put down cash, signed the title, and rode back home with my 2005 Yamaha V-Star 1100cc Silverado. Wife followed close so the cops don't see me riding without a license plate. Will get the registration and license tag on Monday.

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Welcome to the forum. I hope you enjoy your stay.

Riding the bike home a 100 miles is a nice first ride..
Is the wife ready to get on the back ?

you have some beautiful roads down south and nice riding weather.
 

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Riding the bike home a 100 miles is a nice first ride..
Is the wife ready to get on the back ?

you have some beautiful roads down south and nice riding weather.
Indeed was a nice ride, and it was on the interstate. Was riding between 65 and 70.

Wife's not ready yet to get on the back. She's not the riding type. So I guess I am one lucky man. Just me and my bike, to rule the road. :cool:

I think worth mentioning what I observed. On the interstate the traffic stalled and was moving at snail's pace for about 30 mins. I then could feel the heat of engine beneath me. And then the engine stops. It is in neutral. I try to start it and it cranks for couple of seconds, starts, runs for few seconds and then stops. A couple of times it happened, there was quite some smoke from the exhaust and I thought I smelled gasoline too. I let the engine stay off for 30-45 seconds or so. The traffic is not moving much anyway. Then I start it and it runs alright.

I thought it happened because the engine got too hot by being idle for few minutes. The temperature was about 85 I think.

So, anyone know if this could indeed have been because of over-heating and is normal, or should I get it serviced ASAP?

I am thinking of getting just the oil change which I will do at home myself.
 

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Not at all normal. I don't know if the 1100 even has a thermal cutoff (I would guess it does) but I've sat on my bike in traffic in 100 degree St. Louis traffic and never had it shut down. I found the engine heat only slightly noticeable in the heat of the day.

Any chance the air intake is less than perfect (dirty clogged filter, nest in intake box?).

I guess get it base-lined with oil, oil filter, air filter, fuel filter, clean tank and fresh fuel, new plugs, check all plug wires at both ends and check plug boots are tight. Then see how she does. Though it seems odd it would be fine at speed but not idle. Did the bike sit for any period of time? Does it help if you engage the choke? If so, maybe a clogged pilot jet (but usually that would cause difficult starting too and require choke to start and keep it running).


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The bike was not used very much since last summer. The previous owner said he took out the bike and rode it once in a month to keep it in shape.

I didn't try the choke when this happened but used it when I started riding as the bike has not been run for about a week.

I guess I will have to service the items you have listed.

Thanks!
 

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Sitting for a year with running only once a month (at best) is plenty to have ethanol fuel break down and start varnishing the jets. The idle/pilot jets clog very quickly with varnish. All the things I mention are the baseline items I do with a new-to-me bike (also brake pads, fluid, and a check of all lines).

Unfortunately, none of those items will resolve a clogged jet problem. You'll need to pull and clean the carb. If any plans for a switch to POD filters for intake or aftermarket exhaust in the near future, best to do those at the same time and make only one trip into the carbs (unless you just like that kind of thing - not that there's anything wrong with that :D )

I advocate not trying to clean the jets (especially the pilots). They are really small and a PITA, but mostly they are cheap (around $5-8 each) so save the time and just buy new - especially if upgrading anyway. A shop can do the job in about 1-1.5 hours. Figure 3 if you're like me and go slow. All the info is here and/or in the wiki pages.
 
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