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I'm going to look at an 05 V Star 100 classic with under 6000 miles on it. I know about old tires but since I have owned Honda's and Kawasaki's in the past and tghis might be my first Yamaha what are some of the common problems or things I should look at when I see the bike?
 

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I tried to post a question about a hook up for my GPS but it said I didn't have permission to post. Sol what do I have to do before I cam post a question on the forum
 

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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.
 

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Thanks for the welcome, the bike I will be looking at on Sunday only has under 6,000 miles and I don't ride much anymore so I should have many trouble free miles ahead of me. Before my wife's back injury in 2001 we rode all the time. Actually we rods Honda Gold Wings for many years. we have rode in every state except Alaska, Hawaii and North Dakota. I still love to get out and clear my head and tale a 70 or 80 mile ride for coffee. Well I usede to do that where I lived before but now that I moved I have to find roads all over again.
 

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Hi Joe,
Welcome to the forum from East Tennessee. If you get the new to you bike, be sure to post some pics of it. We love there. Before I bought my 950, I rode a 650. I never had any major issues with it and got great mileage. Since it was carbed and FI I ran nothing but ethanol free gas in it and always kept it garaged.


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