Yamaha V-Twin 1100 Problems

by Brianna Collins

A powerful cruising cycle designed by Yamaha, the V-Star 1100 bike requires periodic maintenance, inspection and repairs to continue running effectively. For owners experiencing V-Star problems, the company provides troubleshooting tips in the owner's manual.


If something is wrong with its electrical system, the V-Star 1100 will likely have problems starting correctly. This can be easily remedied by replacing the bike's 30-amp main fuse or by replacing/recharging the V-Star 1100's 12-volt, 12-ampere-hour battery. The owner's manual includes detailed information on how to perform these minor repairs.


Engine problems can cause the V-Star 1100 to perform poorly, misfire or stall. Common fixes for engine problems include refueling an empty gas tank, changing the engine oil and replacing/adjusting the bike's spark plugs. The V-Star 1100 takes 4.49 gallons of unleaded gasoline and 3.17 quarts of SAW 10W-40 or 20W-50 engine oil. The bike also takes NGK BPR7ES spark plugs with a gap of 0.028 to 0.031 inches.

Cooling System

If the V-Star 1100 overheats, there may be something wrong with the cooling system. Owners should examine coolant levels in both the coolant recovery tank and the radiator reservoir. If coolant levels are low, refill with Yamaha's recommended mixture of 60 percent anti-freeze and 40 percent distilled water.

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