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  1. Went for a ride today. Had to take a break from loading the trailer for a trip to the Colorado River this coming week. Need to get out of town and relax!
  2. They did a review of the Yamaha Star and an HD. Interesting comparison. However, You can tell the writer is an HD person, they couldn't even get the Yamaha picture correct! It's an older 2nd gen Venture!!? I'm not going to link it... Not worth reading to be honest. D
  3. The Twinkie is the oval part that sits low down between the cylinders. It sits crosswise to the engine...ie...across the gap between the cylinders. Besides the water pump, it's the only other place where water and oil come together and you can get a leak. The gasket is simple but tricky to install. Download manual from this site.
  4. Did you follow through on the vacuum test? Is the problem electrical or mechanical? Do you have vacuum leak in CC system or anywhere else? Did you try setting the cruise at speed then immediately hitting the resume button? Sometimes that helps it lock in faster. Ie, ,"set", "resume". Is there a self test built into system? I don't remember and didn't look through the manual. Doing this by memory.
  5. It's the white, fluffy stuff I used to love....lol
  6. Just a note to wish all my brothers and sisters a Happy Thanksgiving and the beginning of a wonderful Holiday Season! Be well, be happy, be content with what you have! Hug your family... Take a break from shoveling, look up, stick your tongue out and catch a snowflake.... Listen to the silence. I grew up in snow... But that time is past for me.... I'll be in envy of you snowbirds.... As I dust my scoot off and go for a ride today.... Smile..... david
  7. Update: It seems Honda, among others, have come out with new mid line model cruisers. Yamaha has none. I've been watching. There are 2 new V4 models out as well. It's getting interesting out there...
  8. If you decide to sell the 1300, PM me. I might be able to help out! Grins.....
  9. Ever since I sold my VStar 950 Tourer, I've regretted it. Comfortable, nimble, fast, sips gas, great for touring around the state. Kawasaki ( among others) are bringing back mid size cruisers. Yamaha? Nope. This W800 retro looking cruiser with ABS and other modern goodies for under$10k is a fantastic opportunity for the K group. I am doing some serious thinking in this direction. Why Yamaha dropped the VStar 950 and the VStar 1300 is beyond my thinking. A touch of modernization and they would have kept the market position they enjoyed with those two cruisers! Anyway, enjoy the picture. Kawasaki has outdone the British with this bike! From pipes to wheels! David
  10. I decided to go with the brake pads Earl @skydoc_17mentioned. It's the least expensive way and the lowest amount of engineering. I was already considering @WIZ's thoughts with adding the valve to the rear system but really am tired of dealing with brake lines. To many years of fiddling with fittings and leaks!!! Earl got the pads out to me right away. Hope to get them installed in next few weeks. We are heading into our sailing season here in Arizona, so I'm spending time on boat. And camping. And riding! getting busy for me...! Thanks @WIZ and @skydoc_17....
  11. You might want to email Kuryakin. I believe they have led bulbs for Yamaha. Your bulb might be just an amber 1157 bulb....? Regardless, know that you will still have to either buy a load resister or a new/ modified flasher relay. Led bulbs don't have the resistance needed to properly trigger the relay. A load resister adds resistance to the circuit, mimicking the original incandescent bulb. So you gain less heat, brighter flashing but no gain in battery savings.
  12. Holy Moly, Tony! Here's hoping your clients hang in there with you and you heal fast... Man, glad you are still with us! Prayers Up! David
  13. No clue. I'm not at home so can't look. But if I can remember when I'm home next week, I'll confirm what I have and then research for you. David
  14. Not much going on in Arizona Land. Been working on travel trailer. Switched to lithium batteries. Not plug and play as many say. Not if you do it right! Spent this past week working on sailboat. Found two water leaks in the ports (windows). They cracked from the heat this summer. Guess it does get warm here! Lol. RSV had been sitting quietly in garage. No time to ride this past month. But getting into prime riding season now. The heat seems to go away overnight in the middle of October each year. Just got some new rear brake shoes from @skydoc_17.They will go on in the next few weeks. I'll find time between sailing weekends and camping weeks coming up. That's it from the Southwest. Sorry to read about all youse putting up your V4 beasties for the Winter. be well...
  15. Anyone heard of such a thing? Only once I've hit the rear brake to hard and almost highsided. Only takes once. TIA, David
  16. Funny how those packages just keep on coming..... My house too... But I'm swapping out 2 golf cart batteries with 1 lithium in the trailer... And it's not just a swap! Lot goes into the move. I'm learning as fast as I can....
  17. Agreed. Trying to copy HD is/was a ridiculous waste of time. The Star rider idiots that influenced Yamaha to design the Star Venture should have been taken out and hung. Seriously angers me.... It's obvious they had no clue.... (I could feel @cowpuc's disappointment when he saw the Star Venture for the first time. We were on the phone when the bike rolled onto the stage. Such a huge letdown for us.) To continue: There are rumors of a liquid cooled V4 touring scoot behind introduced this coming year by another company with a +$30k price tag. I'm waiting to see more and will share if it comes to be! Yamaha had also dropped the ball on street cruisers. The VStar 950 Tourer and VStar 1300 Tourer we're excellent bikes. Handling, performance, reliability and the huge fun factor were what made those cruisers so good on the road. My biggest mistake with a motorcycle was selling my VStar 950 Tourer. Look at all the 900cc cruisers out there now! It seems everyone has one except Yamaha. Perfect for just about any type of riding except dirt. I guess you could call the Yamaha Niken a mid level cruiser, but you won't find one at a dealer... So what good is it? Regardless, Hopefully Yamaha learned their lesson with the Star Venture. Great bike in so many ways but not really a Yamaha..... Just another copycat trying to survive in an HD world. I'm sure Yamaha will get back into the touring business in a few more years. And if they build it "their way", it will be a seller. But it will be too late for me to enjoy.... I'm nearing the end of my run on 2 wheels. Been a great ride since 1965. Maybe another year to go. We shall see... And yes, if the Star Venture had been what we were hoping...I would have bought one right then there... David
  18. Agreed... Only turn the knob in direct sequence and do so slowly..... Then you will notice a big difference in ride.. As @cowpuc mentioned in his post. Great info there!!!
  19. Sounds like pot is dirty. Contact cleaner spray might do the trick. Worth a shot anyway before you go try and replace the potentiometer.
  20. Yep...had a 2009 VStar 950 Tourer. Best bike I've ever owned. Comfortable (once seat was rebuilt), quiet, responsive, frugal and nice quick handling. Only drawback was floorboards are mounted low and will drag on spirited cornering. But that's ok as they flip up and have replacement metal pieces that spark nicely at night! Only extras I added were a tach, rebuilt the seat, Clearview windshield with vent. Well built. No issues. Easy to maintain. 45 to 50 mpg at 70 mph. Cruised all day at 75 back and forth between Tucson and Phoenix. I really enjoyed that scoot, especially on the 2 Lanes here in southern Arizona. Fun bike. Biggest mistake I made was selling it! The only thing I'd look into besides brakes, tires, fluids and general condition is to check tension on the drive belt. Some dealers would overtighten the belts leading to premature wear on the final drive bearing. I would "assume" at that mileage, the bearing and belt with maintained properly. If everything checks out, I'd recommend that bike. David
  21. Good morning, Ronnie, Mic mutes. Don't have it but that would be my first guess.... Something inside that box? If you take it out of circuit, does the intercom now work normally?
  22. Richie C. Just saw your post......whoa! A screw stuck in the stator. Never seen that before. I would think a simple replacement of the stator is all you need to do. From your description and pictures.... All else should be good. But I'm not that well versed in stators.... I'm surprised no one else has pitched in to comment...... There are others here much more knowledge than I... @Marcarl???
  23. Davvid , looks like you've been covered with answers. I enjoy the cassette. I make my own mixes and once in a while cruise the old music stores to pick up pre-recorded tapes for cheap. I also use my Garmin, connected via a Y cable to the audio system aux input. It has a SD card slot that I use for my music library. I get music and turn directions that way. You can easily add a Bluetooth transmitter if you don't want the gps unit. I even added a passive mixer so I could add an XM receiver as well. That and the GPS live on the bars just fine. In addition to maintenance mentioned, every thing you do to bike from now on should be considered a baseline for your future maintenance. So basically, the more you do after purchase, the better off you will be... Even in terms of getting to know the bike. As mentioned, the bike feels heavy when you first start to ride it. Ponderous is the word that comes to mind. I lowered the front forks about an inch and that changed the handling dynamics for the better! Procedure is on this site. I've been across country with scoot and found it to be a very pleasant experience. Seat is very good. I bought the widest/tall Clearview windshield with vent and stayed dry in Oklahoma storms. (Except the knees). I could ride all day and not be tired. Says something for the comfort of having a heavy bike. And I'm not young anymore! Good luck, stick around here. Good people and lots of help available! David
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