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
19th Jan 2012, 10:07
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.
21st Feb 2013, 20:40
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!