10th May 2006, 04:30

What octane gas are you running? V Star 1100s use 87oct, high octane is not good for these. Go to vstar 1100 forum. You will find all the info you will ever need...

Have a safe ride...


11th Jul 2006, 16:45

I have a V-Star 1100 as well, and I love it.

I fixed the low end backfires on acceleration with the hyper-kit. It is an air cleaner (with butterflies), jets to re-jet the carb, and pipes. It sounds like a Harley, still gets better than 50 mpg, and runs great from idle to top end. It was just under $1000 for all, including labor. It also is easier to change the oil filter, as the pipes are now separate.

9th Sep 2006, 23:27

Original poster again. I was running the 92 octane which was recommended in the owners manual. Doesn't matter much now, I sold the bike to make a down payment on a new truck for my business. I don't have enough time to ride anyway. :( Maybe when I retire, or the kids move out. The guy I sold it to calls me once in a while to tell me what a great time he's having with it. I could throttle him sometimes... :)

15th Feb 2008, 22:37

This my first time writing. I hope someone can help.

I have a 2000 1100 classic stock black, lg. jets, remove air box and AIS system, double D 1 7/8" straight slash cuts, maximum width low profile tires.

I want to install an oil pressure gauge; there are 2 small aluminum plugs behind the rear cylinder under the cam chain tensioner. Are these oil ports from the drill off oil jackets?

And can I tap one for a gauge?

24th Feb 2008, 08:18

I have a 2001 V Star 1100 Custom. The starter just went out because the front end cap cracked where the ring gear is pinned to prevent it from spinning. The dealer is quoting $384 for a replacement starter and does not offer the end cap by itself. Both long bolts holding the assembly together were bent, so it apparently has been slowly turning over time from the starting torque. There is nothing other than the pin keeping it from turning, and the case is very thin at the pin and finally cracked. Very poor design.

I suggest keeping an eye on the long bolts for signs of twisting.

21st Mar 2008, 16:54

I am considering buying a V-star 1100 as my first bike, but I want to ask a few questions before I head out to the dealership.

First, I am 6'6" and 300 lbs. Will this bike accommodate my size? I know that it is classified as a mid-sized bike and I'm worried that it will be short, or more importantly the suspension might not support my weight.

Next, I have read about 20 reviews where fuel mileage was discussed and the numbers don't match up. On average how far will a tank of gas last before getting to the reserve? I will be doing a lot of riding between Michigan and Illinois, and want to get an idea of what my fuel costs will be.

Thanks a lot, and sorry for the huge posting.

26th Mar 2008, 21:17

I just bought an 07 110 custom. I'm 5'5" and real happy with it, but at 6'6" you might have to shift the controls forward.

As far as weight, I'm about 200 and my wife is 100, and we rode kinda high. It has an adjustable rear shock so you could set it to whatever you're comfortable with.

Not sure on mileage yet, but it's about a 5 gallon tank and gets about 45.

1st Apr 2008, 12:53

I own a 2001 V-Star Classic and am thinking about having it painted. Does anyone know if the emblems on the tank are put on with adhesive, or are they part of the tank? If they are put on with adhesive, what is the best way to get them off without damaging the tank?

6th Apr 2008, 18:10

Can anyone give me the proper procedure for replacing the oil filter on a 2001 Yamaha V-Star 1100?


19th Apr 2008, 18:16

I'm 6'-0" and added 3" extensions to the controls. At 6'-6" you should be close with 6" extensions available on eBay for about $70. Being 3 bills should be fine, you will have to adjust things riding two up.

To change your oil, go to:


Or read a manual. Bottom line is you have to remove some of the exhaust to remove the oil filter cover.


17th May 2008, 19:51

The stickers on the tank have had clear sprayed over them to protect from fuel spills. Use a heat gun or paint stripper to remove. Either way you will end up down to metal.

5th Jun 2008, 22:22

My husband and I recently bought a V-Star 1100 2003. He is 200 pounds and I am 185. We ride it just fine. I think we're getting around 48 mpg.

6th Jun 2008, 21:15

Re: 2004 v-star 1100 classic.

The battery on my bike keeps dying out when I leave it for a few days in the garage. How is the battery removed?

14th Jun 2008, 07:51

Your battery is under the chromed (on most bikes) cover on the right side of the bike, just below the seat. Remove the one bolt and the cover will snap off.

On my 02 the tank emblems were put on with double-sided foam tape. Mine came off easily with some careful prying, only leaving some glue/foam to clean up.

Ride safe!

27th Jun 2008, 16:12

It is real easy to remove decals from this bike. Just take 14-20 fishing line and easily draw it under the decal, either on the tank or on the battery cover. The plastic will slide under the decal and come off easy.

11th Jul 2008, 09:47

05 V Star 1100 Custom.

My bike really whines on deceleration. Has anyone else noticed this, and if so, what is the fix?

The dealer just replaced shaft gears and the problem is still there.

Original problem was the shaft nut came loose in the motor (common problem from what I understand).

Any help would be great.

Thank you.

11th Jul 2008, 12:30

I have a 2001 Vstar 1100 and the emblems on the tank and chrome cover are held on by two sided foam sticky tape. It is easy to take off; just pull gently until it starts to give. The Yamaha emblem on the rear fender will scrape off easily with a razor blade.

13th Jul 2008, 11:52

Just started riding again after a 28 year absence, and I just picked up a 2001 1100 V-star Classic. I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good book on motorcycle repairs and maintenance. I'd like to do my own basic repairs, etc... Thanks in advance.

2nd Aug 2008, 23:00

Haynes repair manuals are very good. Step by step with illustrations and pics. The one I found is for 97-05 650 and 1100 V Stars (I have an 02 1100).

11th Aug 2008, 15:05

My bike will only run with the choke in. Open it, it dies. Crack the throttle it dies. Any help. I need it now. Just purchased this bike and would like to ride it.

31st Aug 2008, 15:17

I had the same problem with my 2000 Vstar 1100. It started running rough and I had to leave the choke on. Turns out one of my young sons wants to be a mechanic when he grows up and had been fiddling with any knob he could. :) I just needed to reset the carb mixture (he had turned it several times) and it fixed it right up! Idles fine and and fixed the rough issues. It's located on the right side pointing down from the carb and it has a small black turn knob. I started the bike and then set it to where it would idle with the choke off after it was warmed up. Ride Safe!