2000 Yamaha V-Star 1100
I originally thought it was the best deal in a cruiser out there
Have replaced voltage regulator 3 times.
Starter clutch and starter failed at 53K. C'mon Yamaha, admit this is a design issue!
TPS (choke) has never worked correctly.
In general, I like this bike. It's quick, nimble and fun to ride.
Mileage is a little disappointing, averages about 35 m.p.g.
The stock seat is a butt burner... replaced with a Mustang.
Putting a voltage regulator under a cosmetic cover near the exhaust pipes is just plain stupid.
Ditto for the internal oil filter that requires removing the footboard and the front exhaust pipe. Installed a relocate kit.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 12th January, 2012
Update on my review. Received the bike back from the dealership service department. Cost of replacing starter clutch, starter and labor, etc. totaled just over one thousand dollars.
I still like the bike... and will probably ride it until it can't be repaired anymore. I'm just annoyed that Yamaha won't admit their knowledge of the starter clutch/starter problem with this design. Now that this bike has been discontinued... it's a moot point.
I have a Yamaha V Star that is a mechanical piece of crap!
It is a 2008 1100 Classic, looks fantastic, but is a bottomless money sucking pig of engineering.
Wiped out the starter clutch after 1000 miles, and had a mechanic replace it for $1,800 (parts & labor) with a Yamaha replacement kit.
Now it has a severe vibration at 3000 to 4000 RPM. What a piece of JUNK!