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vstar 1100 falls on its face

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  1. quicgmicg

    It turned out to be a wrong size needle on the float of the back carb. It was letting gas through and flooding the cylinder at an idle. That was the 2nd part they replaced that was wrong. Makes me think someone was messing with it although the pipes don't look like they were taken off any time recently. We rode about 200 miles Saturday and it ran well. Six of the eight bikes we were with were harleys, so the next problem is to make my vstar loud enough so I can hear it running in the crowd!!Thanks for all your help, it's nice to know there are people out there who care!!!

    Simply sounds like somebody just had the carbs totally messed up for the equipment that is on it now. Those almost always take a couple of tries to get it right......even from the best of them...

  2. MorkKW

    Personally, if that's a bike you just bought from the dealer, take it back and "kindly" let them know you'd like for them to correct it ASAP. It is NOT your responsibility to do anything at this point. If they suggest otherwise, request your money back and start all over. I have a feeling they'll make it right.

  3. bkman

    I am considering upgrading to a V-Star 900?cc. I want to be able to keep up with hubby especially when he decided to leave me in the dirt
    If you get the 950, he will probably get very familiar with your taillight!

  4. Venedic5

    I would love for him to see my taillights. Now he is talking about a 1900 custom he saw at the dealer. I just cannot win Damn!

  5. Venedic5

    I called the Yamaha USA corp about the dealership and filed a very nasty customer survey on them. I wanted him to take it back and tell them they either fix it or they buy it back at the same price we bought at and we'd go to other dealer. We are on a peninsula and so competition isn't all that. If you want a good price you have to head into bremerton or seattle. He is still kicking some ideas around. I want to make sure it isnt a factor deficit cause if it is I will make sure the bike goes back. Thanks for the ideas. Had similar thoughts but I wanted to place nice!

  6. bkman

    Don't feel completely degraded - the dealerships around here are worthless, too.

    To get back on topic, though, I mentioned once before that buying a used bike is a bit of a calculated risk - perhaps even moreso than a used car. You almost have to plan on tearing the carbs apart if there is ANY indication whatsoever that the previous owner did ANY modifications. I was burned by this myself on a bike that was supposedly re-jetted and set up for the aftermarket exhaust it had. Little did I know that the jets were all wrong and I soon had some fried valves to replace.

    People do all kinds of odd stuff to their motorcycles (I am as guilty as anyone for doing this) and, before they trade them in, they remove the exhaust and intake bits that are worth more on e-bay than they are on the bike. The trouble is, they rarely take the time to put everything back right. To add to the problem, the dealers (at least around here) seem completely disinterested in whether or not the bike will run ten good miles - they just turn around and resell it.

    I was looking for a bike for my wife a while back, and we looked at a nice Kawasaki 800 Vulcan that was all tarted up with a good custom paint job and a lot of extras - including a Hard Krome exhaust system. Before we even started dealing on the bike, I insisted that they pull it outside and start it. Well, even after about ten minutes of warm up, it barely idled and it was popping and cracking so bad that I knew the carb(s) were not set up right - or at least very dirty. The salesperson said "aw, they just run that way - there's nothing wrong with it". I asked him if he though it was normal for a bike to stall every thirty seconds after it was fully warmed up. My question really served to end the conversation (and any hope they had of selling that bike to me).

  7. Venedic5

    I have a question. I am showing blueing on my exhaust. I have heard that it means i am running to rich which mean i am burning excess fuel in through the exhaust. Is that right? and How do I adjust the carb? I work on cars, and when playing with the dirt bikes, my brothers always fiddled with them. Mine is a 02 650cc classic

  8. zarke172

    usually means you're leaving the choke on too long---if your bike won't run w/o excessive choking,you need to find a dealer that has an exhaust gas analyzer and knows how to use it.the factory sets these bikes up VERY lean for the EPA--your tech,using the EGA machine,can adjust your carbs primary circuit so the bike performs properly.

  9. Venedic5

    Thanks Sargo680. I am still learning these bikes. I will take it into the dealership and have it tested. Hubby upgraded to a 2009 raider 1900cc silver. Sweet look and running bike. I know this is yamaha forum, but does anybody having feelings about Honda Shadow? I am comparing that to the 950cc yamaha.

  10. bkman

    I know this is yamaha forum, but does anybody having feelings about Honda Shadow?
    If you are referring to the Shadow 750, I can tell you about ours - a 2003 Spirit model. My wife is rather tiny (5' 2" and usually around 113 pounds). She needs a bike of very particular dimension to feel confident and safe. We found that the Spirit 750 fit her very well, but the bars were just too far forward. I bought her the bike anyway, and then replaced the OEM bars and risers with a different style. It was perfect for her.

    Other than a few well-documented and fixable (at little cost) flaws, the Shadow 750 line has been very reliable and worry-free. They are not the most powerful bikes - I'd bet money the Star 950 will run away from ANY of the current Shadow models, but they are really easy to ride and very well built. The model we have (VT750DC) is chain-driven and it has two carburetors (all the newer 750 Shadows are shaft-drive with only one carb). The chain drive and dual carb setup delivers a bit more performance. It feels significantly more powerful than the V-Star 650 - at least in stock trim.

    Honesty, my 1100 fits my wife just as well as the 750 Shadow but it is significanly heavier, which sometimes makes her feel a bit unstable. If you are taller than my wife (who is only 5'2") and you don't feel intimidated by a mid-weight bike, I'd say stick with the 1100 or larger - you won't outgrow it as fast, if ever.

  11. Venedic5

    Thanks for the reply. I am 5'5" and i am just starting to ride after another 15yr break and I did feel a little intimidate by the 650cc but now after riding it I feeling more confident. I like to look of the shadow, but I also want abit more power. I have considered a 950cc with some customizing. I not sure about the 1100 right now, but a friends has an 1100 and has been bugging me to try it first. Hubby just traded his 1100 silverdo for a 1900cc raider. I saw his taillights before but now I will see his dust trail

  12. LiddleBen

    I would do what P.G.Man said, Iwould also take the main jets and pilots out and clean them and the orifices they fit into. Flat spots are more often than not caused by gummed up jets especially the mains. If the dealer said he cleaned the carbs I would ask; Did your tech remove and clean the jets? I think this will solve the problem.,L.B.

  13. zarke172

    in my opinion,the 950 yamaha is the best buy for the dollar out there.fuel injection and belt drive for less than $8000.get the tourer for $1100 more and you've got a long distance bike that'll run 80 mph all day long with no problem.

  14. Venedic5

    Thanks I have decided to go try the 950cc, I have looked at the tourer online but haven't gone to the dealership yet to look at one. The locate dealer doesn't have one. So I get to go to Bremerton to the dealer there. It will just give me a good excuse to ride it home



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