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I've noticed that when I start my 1100 cold, there's a 'woo-woo' noise for a second after it starts. After it warms up it doesn't do it but it has to be fully warmed up. It sounds like it's coming from the starter and I'm thinking this might be a warning sign that my starter clutch is going away. It has 30,000 miles and has been doing this for maybe 8000 or 10,000 miles. I never give it any throttle when starting and it always fires right up, but who know what the POs might have done. Any thoughts?
 

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Mine make the same noise for years when it was cold upon first start up. It sounded like the starter was slow to disengage. Made the sound for years. My starter clutch did go out at 65k, but you know story behind that, so don't know it new starter clutch make the sound go away. Good luck on diagnose.
 

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That's exactly what it sounds like, Les. I was hoping you or someone with more miles on your 1100 than I have would respond. I expect I'll have to do the starter clutch at some point if I end up keeping it but it's not a job I'm looking forward to. I'll just keep an eye on it for now.
 

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If I'm not mistaken you ride about 5k miles a year. You should have about 35k more miles, about 7 years of no worries if it follows my experience with the starter clutch.
 

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Mine also occasionally did that a few times. After a while I'd noticed that it only did that when started when it's cold, and still leaned over on the sidestand. So now I'll sit on the bike first and then start it up while the bike is more upright and it doesn't do that anymore.
 

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Hmm, interesting Saltydog. I'll try that and see if it still does it. Although at -10C it's probably going to be doing a lot more complaining than usual when I start it lol.
 

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If you keep it in a garage try running a space heater for a bit while you're getting ready....try to preheat the oil a little

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^ or put a 100W incandescent shop light right under your crankcase overnight....
 

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^ or put a 100W incandescent shop light right under your crankcase overnight....
That's in case it's scared of the dark. ?
 

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Ideally I'd park it in the living room next to the fireplace but that idea was vetoed pretty quickly. :wink:
 

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Ideally I'd park it in the living room next to the fireplace but that idea was vetoed pretty quickly. :wink:
Try putting your bike in the bedroom and see if that's ok. ??
 

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I actually measured the crash bars on my Royal Star... just to see if it 'could' fit thru the front door.... :^(

My next house will have a walk in basement with a patio door.

I joke at work about parking my bike in the front lobby.
 

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I can relate to "that look"

 
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