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Old February 28th, 2011, 09:42 AM   #1
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I know this is a 4x4 web site, but just thought I would ask, I have a chance to buy a 2002 Yamaha 1100 V-Star Silverado with 36,000 miles. The first owner was an older lady, the second owner is a older guy I work with, he is looking to get something bigger. The bike is like show room and has the windshield and bags. My question is the miles. Seems high and I did not know the life on a v twin. She did alot of freeway riding and alway had it serviced at the dealership where she bought it brand new. The guy I work with only put on about 2500 miles in the last two or three years. I was thinking about buying the bike to save on gas and ride with others from work and things like that. So if I buy the bike should I be planning to put a motor in or rebuild in the near future or do does it have miles left on it? The bike runs like a top. Does not use oil or leak any as well.
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Old February 28th, 2011, 09:51 AM   #2
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dunno if the vtwin is more or less reliable than a inline 4 - but the miles on a bike of that age wouldn't really worry me so much (my offer would take them into consideration however)

One of my brothers that lives in Denver has almost 60,000 miles on his Honda VFR 800 (it's an '03 I think)
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Old February 28th, 2011, 10:01 AM   #3
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Does he have the service records from previous owner if so see how often the valves were adjusted..
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Old February 28th, 2011, 11:22 AM   #4
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Personally i would not buy it. But that has nothing to do with the miles or service records. I would recommend something with a respected name on the side of it

I would make sure you get a real good deal on it. Stuff like that doesn't seem to hold value well. Even if it is in "perfect" shape don't expect top dollar if you are going to sell it.
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most bikes need valve adjust about 35000, yamaha being one of the most, I have worked in dealers and have owned a lot of bikes. My father lives on Yamaha v-twins ahd rides the hell out of them. when the valves where adjusted they where never really out at all, even after the second and third times he had them checked. I would check them cause its safe, but wouldnt worry about the miles much as long as everything seems good on the bike, they will run forever.
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Personally i would not buy it. But that has nothing to do with the miles or service records. I would recommend something with a respected name on the side of it
yeah a ducatti would be dreamy but they're so damned expensive to buy and maintain...
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Old February 28th, 2011, 12:47 PM   #7
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Personally i would not buy it. But that has nothing to do with the miles or service records. I would recommend something with a respected name on the side of it
some harley parts are made in china now.....everything is globally produced but I do understanf keeping the end flow of the money here, but for the price you cant beat a jap bike
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My dad has the same bike and has never had any trouble with it and he rides the crap out of the bike, so that is why when I heard a guy was selling one like it for a good deal, I figured I would check it out. Plus with gas prices I would save enough for it to pay me back by riding it to work and back a few times a week this year. How hard is it to check valves? I looked how to do it on line and really does not sound to hard, may take a few hours the first time. Plus there is a ton of cool stuff for those bikes just as a bolt on.
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My dad has the same bike and has never had any trouble with it and he rides the crap out of the bike, so that is why when I heard a guy was selling one like it for a good deal, I figured I would check it out. Plus with gas prices I would save enough for it to pay me back by riding it to work and back a few times a week this year. How hard is it to check valves? I looked how to do it on line and really does not sound to hard, may take a few hours the first time. Plus there is a ton of cool stuff for those bikes just as a bolt on.
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http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/Motor...ide/Yamaha.htm

there are a few bikes that would do better if that was your reason to get one.
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Old March 1st, 2011, 06:55 AM   #10
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The bike is a good deal, I do not plan on selling it any time soon or trying to turn it and make a buck, just going to ride it. As far as the cash flow staying local, it will because I am buying it from a guy at work which will in turn spend the money here and not send it over seas, thus adding money to the local economy....I would buy a harley, but can not afford one at this time, maybe if a few years.The milages look fine for me, thanks for the help.
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its not that hard, usualy just the valve covers and tank need to be removed, if you can work on a hot wheel you should be ok to follow the manual
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I think I can manage that....those hot wheels are pretty tuff to work.....ha ha ha
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nice bikes! i got one. how much you getting it for?
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Id roll that anyday over an over-priced rattle box. I wouldnt worry about the mileage to bad, as was mentioned before if its been serviced you should have no problems. Yamaha is a very good company as far as fit and finish with quality engines goes.
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or..............you can let your balls drop and buy my shovelhead, testicular fortitude required though sits low big ass apehangers tank n fender shot in dupont bedliner warning though such badassness may inspire you to grow a mullet and rock some snakeskin boots
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The guy wants 3 grand, so I thought that was a not a bad deal, he is pretty firm on 3 g's.
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The guy wants 3 grand, so I thought that was a not a bad deal, he is pretty firm on 3 g's.
Look around more then, that price seems high to me, especially with those miles. I wouldn't consider that terribly high though, many motorcycles - V Twins included are going 100k + now if they are maintained.
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3k sounds pretty fair honestly. given condition, miles, year, etc. it sounds pretty average, not high, not low.
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