04 Star 1100 Classic for California:
Great bike! I think the bike is smooth. I don't have all the vibration I keep reading about. My stock 04 saddle (classic) is very spongy and fits my... seat just fine. Rode it for about five hours with no problem (did stop for gas n a smoke).
Complaints: Oil filter location... but this makes me get down and take a hard look at the bike every 4K to 5K miles.
"Tappet" noise after 3k miles... heard it is typical.
Oil Light intermittently lights while oil level is good... notable (I think) is the oil light issue started immediately after I changed to synth oil... coincidence?
And I too keep looking for 6th gear...
TO THE AIS REMOVAL CHIRP GUY:: look on Ebay for the correct type AIS plugs that prevent the chirp. I just ordered some, it's a bummer you did not do some looking around before installing the barrons plugs because now it's going to be hard to get them out. The chirp comes from a loss of space in the compression chamber believe it or not, weird huh.
I love my V Star 1100, although I find myself trying to find that 6th gear also. I have been looking at all the forward controls and I found some for less than 400 bucks. That's my next purchase, I already ordered a Mustang seat and I can't wait for it to get here..
I just got my first bike! An 1100 V Star and I LOVE IT!!! The only thing that I can see that will be a problem is I won't stop riding it. Which is no problem at all! I love it, and my dad who is a Harley man said he would rather have my bike any day.
I have had it for a a little over a month, and have put over 1200 miles on it. There is a little chirp, but I'll get over that.
Got a 2003 V-Star 1100 Classic used. 27,000+ miles on it. Runs GREAT!!! It takes a while to warm up. Until it's warm it idles a little rough, but once warm it purrs like a kitten.
Great, solid bike. Easy to ride and maintain -- except for that darn oil filter.
I own a 04 Road Star and bought my wife an 06 V-Star 1100. I put straight pipes on it (not drag pipes) and a better flowing air intake filter setup. Dropped 3 bills on a dyna tune and she gets mid 50 mpg on the highway with speeds up to 70 mph. She also has more power than ever.
Mine only gets mid 40's, but it's heavier and it's a 1700 with a lot more hp and torque. Spend the money on the tune up instead of what the company that sells the parts tell you how to adjust your carb, it's better but the dyna tune can't be beat.
Oh yeah, they took a day for the $300.00 dollar tune up. Not a bad deal if you find someone who will take their time and do it right.
I own a 2003 1100 Classic with all the bells and whistles with 30000 km on it. I've had no problems no problems with this bike. Oil filters are a pain, but I'm a clean freak, so I clean everything up when when I take the pipes off. My wife has a 2004 same as above. We traveled across Canada from coast to coast, no issues here either. Looking forward to going again in 2010.
I have a 2004 V-star Silverado 1100, and I was wondering if anyone knew actually how many miles these actually can go in their life? Mine has 18500 on it.
I'm considering buying a 2004 1100 V Star. When I went to look at it and asked him to start it, he turned the key and it made a strange noise for about five seconds before he tried to crank it over. It sort of sounded like a fuel pump or something. I assume the carb is gravity fed. I asked him what it was, and he said he didn't know, but it has always made the noise when starting cold. Is this normal?
I have a V Star 1100 2005... love it.. I did my own oil change, and yes that oil filter is a pain to get to... The one that concerns me is when I open my air filter cover... it had some oil in it, about 2 tablespoons full... is this normal? I don't even know how it got in there... anyone have this problem before?
I have a 2007 V Star 1100 Classic that I bought new. Great bike! I am doing a few mods like the foot board extensions, shortened the front blinker arms, bigger rear spring, handle bar risers 1.5" back, put the spacers in the fork tubes, wind shield and a mustang seat.
My friend bought a 2003 with 98,000 miles on it and it keeps right with mine. So to answer a question a few reviews ago, there is at least 1 out there with 100,000 miles on it.
I purchased 2007 V Star 1100 classic 15 months ago.
After 6 months I took it on 4000 mile road trip in desert southwest in the summer. One morning the oil light came on as I'm warming the bike. I absolutely could not see oil in the sight glass, and ended up adding a quart. The light went off.
Going across the desert my gas mileage went to 20 instead of 40, and the engine ran rough. Took it to a Yuma dealer on a Friday afternoon. I had overfilled oil. The air box was full of oil and filter soaked. They cleaned me up and I had no problem the rest of the trip. Since then I ride bike nearly every day and have taken a couple more 1200 mile road trips. It runs fine and I love it.
The oil light comes on occasionally recently when I'm warming bike, but the oil level is OK and I've read several places that this is common.
Now have 15500 miles and it runs smooth. Last 3000 miles I'm getting 45 mpg with stock pipes and carbs. It was about 40 mpg the first 12000 miles. Valves tick at idle but set properly so seems to be normal. I have no reason to expect I can't get 150,000 unless I take a curve wide.
I have an 06 1100 Custom, and have had similar problems with oil light and oil leaking back up through the air box and air filter. I thought it was that Yuma designed it with a high flow oil pump to aid cooling, and that when the engine was still cool and you run up to hwy speeds, it put too much pressure on the oil and it didn't have time to run back down to the crank case, because the oil hadn't heated up yet and become more viscous. I am starting to think that it is because it may have been a tad over full.
Other than that, I commute with my bike and have over 13,000 miles on it. I put 11K of them on myself within 2.5 years of ownership and not a single problem except the leak mentioned above. I love it.
I think my next bike will be a Warrior or maybe the new Raider, but that will probably be years away and they might have something else I want by then.