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Hi all. I’ve been riding for 52 years, almost always Honda’s. Had a Yamaha on / off road years ago and a few Suzuki crotch rockets. I have a Honda Valkyrie Interstate now but want a cruiser. My sister had a V-Star 1100, and I liked it. I AM NOT going to pay what Harley wants for their bikes. So I’ll be scanning these pages for information on Yamaha cruisers. So any input is welcome.
 

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Welcome from Houston Texas. The Vstar 1100 is a great bike. Only a few things to watch out with the 1100, starter clutch and axle spine nut are the top 2. Other than that, great all around bikes. So pull up a chair and read away. Keep us informed on your search. Here's a few interesting threads to check out when you get a chance.

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forums/7-starbikeforums-bike-month/

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forums/49-v-star/5655-yammy-ya-got.html?highlight=Yammy

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forums/36-lounge/110258-where-you.html

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forums/11-general-bike-talk/25113-how-experienced-you.html

https://www.starbikeforums.com/forums/36-lounge/113714-how-mature-you.html

For a first time 1100 owner here is some great info.

https://sites.google.com/site/vstar1100kb/home/new-owner-must-do-list
 

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Welcome from Atlantic Canada. I agree with what the others have said, and having an 1100 I can say they are indeed a nice bike. Other than the issues Les mentioned they're pretty much bulletproof and if you make sure the spline nut can't come loose and use the proper starting technique (no throttle) you'll get lots of life out of the starter clutch. I believe they corrected that issue around 04 with a more heavy duty setup - someone correct me if I'm wrong.
 

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Ok.... put a deposit on a 2015 1300 v star. 1350 miles, $6500. With a 2 year Yamaha warranty. They said they would negotiate on the price if I just take the 90 day warranty. What’s that sound like to you guys?
 

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First of all congratulations and welcome to the Star family! The 1300 is a beautiful bike and that sounds like a good one. I can't recall hearing of any issues with them. Having a two year warranty would give you some peace of mind but it's pretty much a new bike so it's a tough call. I guess if it were me I'd have to weigh how much they'd be willing to come down with the shorter warranty period against the possibility of an expensive repair in 2 years. Kind of like deciding whether or not to buy the extended warranty on a new bike.
 

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I have one too

First of all congratulations and welcome to the Star family! The 1300 is a beautiful bike and that sounds like a good one. I can't recall hearing of any issues with them. Having a two year warranty would give you some peace of mind but it's pretty much a new bike so it's a tough call. I guess if it were me I'd have to weigh how much they'd be willing to come down with the shorter warranty period against the possibility of an expensive repair in 2 years. Kind of like deciding whether or not to buy the extended warranty on a new bike.
I too have had a bunch of bikes...Zukes, Kawas and now my Yammy...I love my 1300...Lots of power...nice low center and if you are into highway cruising...it really can't be beat. There some mods that can be done...most for next to nothing....I just did the O2 sensor fix...have more resisitors that any man has a right to own...PM me and I;ll sent you one...

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Prices depend so much on the location but in May I bought a 2004 XVS1100 for $2800 and a month later a 2000 Sportster 1200 for $2300, both with the typical PO issues but in fine shape and very road-worthy.
 

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“both with the typical PO issues but in fine shape and very road-worthy.“
What are PO issues?
 

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PO issues are items the Previous Owner (PO for short), has changed, modified or neglected and the new owner must fix to get the bike back to a road worthy state. Having a safe and reliable bike is a must, so the PO issues must be addressed to accomplish this. Sometimes trying to figure out what the PO did is over half the battle.
 

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Welcome to the forum from East Tennessee. Please keep us updated with what you get and share some pictures of it with us.


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I would have been riding it and owning it already except the deal it will not allow test rides in the rain, and it’s been raining for weeks. Any day now, any day now.
 

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Update :::: test rode it and just didn’t fall in love with it. Going to move on to another v twin.
 

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What was it that put you off, compared to the other bikes you have owned?

I was in my late teens then the Goldwing first came out. I was always impressed with them, the boxer engine, the quiet power, and thought about getting one for a long time.

I took an '83 for a ride a few years ago, original owner with only 16k miles on it. It just didnt feel right. I kept putting my feet on the cylinder heads (instead of the foot pegs) when I picked my feet up. It seems awkward and heavy, and the fairing seemed like it was floating out in space unattached to the bike.

I got a 2000 Royal Star last month, which is also a 4 cylinder water cooled shaft drive solid long distance bike, and I love everything about it. Very similar to a vintage Goldwing, but the few differences make it a very different ride.
 

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Welcome to the forums from the Netherlands, MyValk!

Sounds like a great deal on the 1300, let’s hope you do manage to get it indeed. Great bike, I owned one until I fell in love with a 1900 :).

The Valkyrie is a bike I am smitten with as well, but I could not part with my Roadie, and my wife thinks 1 bike is

BTW, Yamaha is considered to be the best bike brand worldwide, from a troublefree ride POV, Honda comes a very close second, and hD unfortunately comes way down on that list, so even from that POV it si a great choice :).

Kind regards, Wim
 
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