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if you bought a 2008 1100 custom....

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  1. zdarmom
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    curious what your concerns / issues you are having with it.........

    for me......

    1. stalling with a hot engine, after waiting at a light etc..........then you cant find "N" easily (roll it back forth a couple of times then find "N")

    2. today first 100 mile country ride.......after 75 miles out very hot engine etc, sticky comming up from 1st, was giving me a bit of a problem pulling up thru "N"
    happened twice, one time took three times to get it up to 2nd...........

    3. and da*m those pipes get really hot ..........thank goodness i wear my high boots.:

    other than that im happy with it, the styling ,comfort etc.....

    would like to hear from YOU...

  2. Xtriwer
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    I just bought the same bike a month ago. Did the 600 mile check(dealer not me) yesterday, and rode 275 today. What I have found so far.... It ticks, but that is just a Yamaha thing. Neutral can be tough to find on occasion, but I attribute that to user error, and a dim light in the indicator. Also, from 1st to 2nd, I have been hung up in neautral once or twice when taking off fast off the line. Once again, user error. Overall, it's a great bike. Today I was getting 50 mpg, and no issues on the 275 mile ride in 90 degree heat. On a side note, when I first got the bike it buzzed pretty bad around 70 mph. I installed some Cobra slip ons, and for some reason I cannot explain, the buzz is gone, plus now it sounds like a really powerful lawn mower, instead of a sewing machine.

  3. RailroatDute
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    Hey Xtriwer, I am still new at this motorcycle stuff.
    What is a "Cobra Slip On"?

    My Silverado does kind of makes a whirring sound.

  4. quicgmicg
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    zdarmom...

    You've got a great bike that just needs to have a few things tweaked to get it right for you. Get it back to the dealer and explain your troubles. Usually a dealership that sells you the bike, wants you to be happy. I'm sure the service guys can get you figured out....I ride my 06 in 110 degree weather...in stop and go traffic and have no troubles with stalling or hard shifting. All bikes can be temperamental at times, and it's all a part of the "getting to know you" stage of your relationship.

    Things will only get better...

  5. zdarmom
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    hey all......
    put 200 miles on her i the last three days..........dealership guy asked me to ride again and see if im having the same problems......

    was out riding with a very mechanical friend today and he noted the clutch cable into the clutch lever was very very loose and attributed that to some of the issues,he tightned it of course we had ridden 60 miles so it was a hot adjustment but it helped, but loosened up again and he needed to do it again....

    didnt stall at all today but only because im doing a bit more revving when im at a stop and dont let off the clutch unless im giving it gas.....

    I never had to do this with my last bike.......so im thinking with the reading that ive done that its set up too lean and with my experience the last few days that there are some minor adjustments that the dealership needs to do to give me what i paid for, a brand new machine that does what it is supposto out of the box.....

    to the person who thought the issue of going from first thru N with difficulty is rider error, i dont think that is the case.......im not a newbie.......have a few years of riding a a few thousand miles to my credit...something mechanically is not correct............that is why i took it out for another 100 miles today to get a feel and the other 8 riders that were with me and witnessed what was happening with the bike know that its not my riding that is the problem, this is not normal operation for a bike, ...its an unsafe situation, good thing im experienced!

    otherwise im VERY HAPPY with so many aspects of this motorcycle....
    the styling, the tripometer, the self canceling blinkers, the comfortable seat and ride, wide tires, HUGE gas tank and the engine from 2nd and up is strong and powerful and worthy.

    I realize there are certian things that require "breaking in " of the rider and machine.

    To the dealership tommorow so THEY can figure it out............

  6. Xtriwer
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    Didn't mean to imply you were a newbie. I was on the road with a buddy the other day who has 18 years experience and still stalled out at one light. I assume that can happen at any level of experience. Especially when getting used to a new machine.

    Hopefully the dealer can get it right for you. I've noticed on mine that it does take a lot of clutch and a lot of throttle coming from a dead stop when compared to the Honda I previously owned. However, I don't think it's quite at severe as yours. I've just been able to work with mine.

    On a side note, self cancelling turn signals? I could have sworn that when I forget mine, they stay on. Maybe I need a trip to the dealer now.

  7. wzdarPaul
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    Didn't mean to imply you were a newbie. I was on the road with a buddy the other day who has 18 years experience and still stalled out at one light. I assume that can happen at any level of experience. Especially when getting used to a new machine. Hopefully the dealer can get it right for you. I've noticed on mine that it does take a lot of clutch and a lot of throttle coming from a dead stop when compared to the Honda I previously owned. However, I don't think it's quite at severe as yours. I've just been able to work with mine.On a side note, self cancelling turn signals? I could have sworn that when I forget mine, they stay on. Maybe I need a trip to the dealer now.
    Just ride it like you stole it. After the first 1k the shift will loosen up.

  8. zdarmom
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    self cancelling turn signals.....
    check page 3-4 of your owners manuel.

    "self cancelling , they will self cancel after the vehicle has traveled 150 m (490 ft) and 15 seconds, however they can also be cancelled manually."

    took the bike to the stealership today, was assured it WILL be fixed and i will NOT be charged.

    will see how this goes....

    sue

  9. zdarmom
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    and no prob about the "newbie" thing.......no offense taken LOL

    was just stating a fact.......... this has happened for no reason, at dangerous times, imagine being in a pack in the left side of the formation making a turn at a light and YOU stall out for no apparent reason.......

    and it was obvious to the other riders that i was with that this was a mechanical issue, that something isnt right........

    take care!

  10. quicgmicg
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    I'm glad the dealership is taking care of you....they should! A few tweaks and you'll be better than new

  11. zdarmom
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    heard from the dealership today.....

    they needed to adjust the clutch plate and turned up the idle even more than we had already done. they took it for a test drive and feel its fine now.

    can anyone explain the clutch plate for me? im not stupid but dont know enough about the mechanics, and never owned a standard car either, the bike is my first standard transmission.

    wont be able to pick it up until at least thursday.......hopefully that was it and it will "behave"

    i guess i will have an excuse to take a long ride to make sure LOL

  12. Jak
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    Hi zdarmom,

    I'm glad you are getting your issues worked out so you can enjoy your bike. I had a few issues with neutral myself until the dealer showed me how to tighted up the clutch cable when it loosens, fixed it right up.

    One thing concerns me though, and I want you to enjoy your bike to its fullest. Until your last post, I was wondering whether or not you had much experience with manual clutch systems, on or off a bike. I've driven manuals all my driving life (waaaaay too long) and something you should be aware of is that with a manual clutch (car or bike) you MUST give it gas/throttle or it will stall when you let out the clutch...always. I'm not good with knowing how the innards work, but as far as practical use, you have to find the balance of throttle to clutch for the vehicle (they are all different). I don't want you to think I feel you are too "newbie" but I think you might have an unrealistic expectation of manual transmissions. In an automatic car, you can let off the brake and it moves forward. In a manual, if you let off the clutch without the proper amount of throttle/gas, you are going to do the bunny hop down the road or stall altogether.

    Hope you get everything adjusted and get down to the business of enjoying your bike

  13. zdarmom
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    Hi Jak;
    thanks for your imput.......
    I rode a suzuki 650 prior to this bike for a few years and have a few thousand miles experience, I think enough to know how a motorcycle should shift/ operate under normal circumstances. and its was seeming that i was needing MUCH more throttle that i really should have to get going without it feeling like it was gonna die on me, and im a pretty smooth shifter, the other disturbing thing again was that it wouldnt start in first gear with the sidestand up and the clutch pulled in.

    I know that my experience with this bike has been different, my last bike never saw the dealership while i owned it for more than yearly inspection and oil changes and routine maintance. I know i never experienced the shifting issue with my last bike that im experiencing with this one. that much I do know!

    I appreciate your props for not being a brand new rider, true i never owned a standard car. no one in my family ever owned one so i had no reason to learn. i was a mountain biker for years , getting on the motorcycle was a very natural progression for me, something i had always wanted to do. and learned very quickly and because of my job did private lessons instead of msf (my teacher teaches that too 4th generation female rider) so i took my road test , wasnt just given my liscence after weekend class. aced it........

    Also im an officer of a womens motorcycle club, ride with lots of people who have been riding forever and they know my ability these were the same people with me this past sunday when i was having problems. These are the friends that told me it was probably an internal clutch adjustment that was needed.

    the dealership also raised the idle more......that was done already by one of my friends , why else would they raise it again but to prevent stalling in first.....ive read posts on here that pertain to people having similar issues with their bikes...........

    So again thanks for your imput, I would still LOVE some more info re: the clutch plate........

    will have to get a clymer manual i guess..........

    was glad to know that the problem was found and hoping this is all gonna be past history because "i" have ALOT of riding to do this season......

    Take care;
    sue

  14. zdarmom
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    oh i see where i wrote "the bike is my first standard transmission" what i meant to say was my first motorcycle was my first standard transmission.....

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