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I have a V-Star 1100 & we're moving to Colorado from the Northwest. Since it's a carbed bike, many are saying I would be better off to sell the bike here & repurchase a bike with FI to ride in Colorado or taking trips from there to other places at sea level. Comments please?
 

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You will definitely want to consider a re-jet. My Honda 750 suffered a severe drop in power over 7500 ft (starting at 5000), but it was pretty under powered to begin with.
I would say ride it a bit and see what you think. Snow is falling in the high country so you will likely have to wait until spring to get a ride an serious elevation.

What part of the state are you moving to?
 

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The beauty of Fuel Injection is the ability to adjust the Fuel Air mixture for altitude and temperature. There is less oxygen at higher altitudes and when the air is very warm. Before Fuel Injection folks had motorcycles and cars in those areas. Just a thought. :)
 

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There won't be much difference between your 1100 or an FI bike. It's only 5500' or so. I ride my 1100 from sea level to 10,000' and only have to bump up my idle a little at those very high altitudes. That's the beauty of a CV carb....they are darn good at self-adjustment for altitude. I'm normally riding between 2000'-5500'..... and have no absolutely no special adjustments.

You may consider dropping 1 jet size at some point in time, as you'll be just a touch rich on the mains, but not enough to worry about a whole lot.
 

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FI all the way. Personally I would avoid anything that has carbs except for a lawn mower and weed whacker. The ethanol in fuel these days just wreaks too much havoc on them.
 

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I'm confused. You are in a V-Star forum on a thread for 1100s, but you say you would avoid "anything that has carbs". Since no V-Star has FI from the factory, have you replaced your carbs with fuel injection? If so, was it a difficult or expensive changeover?

Anyway, I've put 140,000 miles on my 2 carbureted V-Stars (650, 1100) over the past 9 years, riding from North Carolina to Denver/Colorado Springs ... without a single problem ... and nearly all on ethanol mixture, I'm wondering where you get your information?? All I've ever had to do is set the idle screw a tad higher when I get in higher altitudes, and all is fine.
 

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FI all the way. Personally I would avoid anything that has carbs except for a lawn mower and weed whacker. The ethanol in fuel these days just wreaks too much havoc on them.

Hmm....I own a carbed motorcycle and have been using ethanol fuel for the past 10 years...haven't had an issue with it at all. My bikes must have missed the memo, they have always run perfectly well.
 

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OP did you ever make it out to CO?

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I'm confused. You are in a V-Star forum on a thread for 1100s, but you say you would avoid "anything that has carbs". Since no V-Star has FI from the factory, have you replaced your carbs with fuel injection? If so, was it a difficult or expensive changeover?

Anyway, I've put 140,000 miles on my 2 carbureted V-Stars (650, 1100) over the past 9 years, riding from North Carolina to Denver/Colorado Springs ... without a single problem ... and nearly all on ethanol mixture, I'm wondering where you get your information?? All I've ever had to do is set the idle screw a tad higher when I get in higher altitudes, and all is fine.
FWIW, the 950 is fuel injected.
 

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I have a V-Star 1100 & we're moving to Colorado from the Northwest. Since it's a carbed bike, many are saying I would be better off to sell the bike here & repurchase a bike with FI to ride in Colorado or taking trips from there to other places at sea level. Comments please?
Hello! Welcome to Colorado :grin:

As to your question, I've seen some older models struggle at altitude on a few of our mountain rides here. We had a guy on an older, mid eighties Honda have to turn back the other day on our ride to Winter Park due to loss of power. His was a 750 or something tho, the 1100 might be ok. I ride a '13 vstar 1300 (FI) and have been to 10,000+ feet numerous times with no issues.
 

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the real question is: how often do you think you will be riding over the high elevation passes?

Denver is at 5000'. What is the elevation where you are going to live.

They dont put the passes over the peaks, they put them as low as possible.

look at a map with elevations and scope out where you think you will be riding the most. The Rockies are VAST, any rides up through the passes and you are looking at hundreds of miles.

If you landed a job at the gift shop on the summit of Pikes Peak, that is another story.
 

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the real question is: how often do you think you will be riding over the high elevation passes?

Denver is at 5000'. What is the elevation where you are going to live.

The dont put the passes over the peaks, they put them as low as possible.

look at a map with elevations and scope out where you think you will be riding the most. The Rockies are VAST, any rides up through the passes and you are looking at hundreds of miles.

If you landed a job at the gift shop on the summit of Pikes Peak, that is another story.
Just my two cents, but if you live in CO and enjoy riding, there is no better place to ride than up in the hills. Especially if you are new to our beautiful state. To the OP, I'd be more than happy to recommend a few day trips if you would like some ideas. Heck, I might even join ya
 
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