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09-04-2012, 01:01 PM,
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V Star 1300 vs 1100
Hey everyone...had a question for you. I've got a v star 950 but I'm considering getting either a 1300 or an 1100 but just can't decide.

Anyone have any opinions or pro's or con's of each bike. I don't want to have to "upgrade again" so I'm learning towards the 1300 but at the same time the 1100 is a bit cheaper.
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09-05-2012, 05:42 PM,
#2
RE: V Star 1300 vs 1100
The 1300 is fuel injected I believe. I have a 950, however a group of friends I ride with own 1300s, 1100's, BMWs, and a lot of other long distance bikes and we regularly switch up to ride each other's bike for the fun of it.

The v star 1300 was easier to ride than the 1100. Smoother, and just more comfortable. I don't know your weight/size, but that is my take on it. Also, the 1100's, I believe have a shaft drive vs. a belt drive for the 1300. It all comes down to what you prefer. Hope this helps. I'm sure some others will chime in.
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10-15-2012, 03:50 PM,
#3
RE: V Star 1300 vs 1100
1300 is an awesome bike. If you are talking a few hundred $ cheaper,I wouldn't even consider the 1100...no offense to 1100 riders. The 1300 is so, smooth, powerful, less maintenance, liquid cooled and more...batteries not included...well, maybe one battery.

@ highway speed, the 1300 is just starting to have fun! Vicked fast!
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10-15-2012, 07:02 PM, (This post was last modified: 10-15-2012, 10:07 PM by Plague.)
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V Star 1300 vs 1100
I don't agree that the 1300 requires less maintenance, in fact I believe it requires more. The 1100 is an air cooled, shaft driven, carbureted bike. The 1300 is a liquid cooled, belt driven, fuel injected bike.

With the 1100 with those 3 the only maintenance item are the carbs, no belt to constantly adjust and no radiator to maintain. Only perk maintenance wise the 1300 has over the 1100 is the fuel injection system never has to be synced or adjusted.

The 1300 is the more powerful of the 2. I've never ridden one though so I can't say how comfortable of a ride it is, but my 1100 was pretty comfy from the factory too, main gripe I had was the seat was kinda hard.

Edit, oil changes are kind of a pain, pipes have to be removed on the 1100 to change the oil. But with the addition of an oil filter relocation kit it is a breeze.
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10-16-2012, 02:02 AM,
#5
RE: V Star 1300 vs 1100
I'm with Plague
Jmck
Two wheels moves me body and soul Cool
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10-16-2012, 02:10 AM,
#6
RE: V Star 1300 vs 1100
I like the less is more looks of the 1100. Which is what i have. I like the oldschool bobbers and choppers so liquid cooled is a no-no for me. I also like the carburation. Less parts to break i guess. The shaft drive is nice but im not sure its possible to change the final gearing... which is lame. Id think with the belt you could change out the rear pulley.
LoLrcycle rider Cool
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10-16-2012, 11:03 AM,
#7
RE: V Star 1300 vs 1100
You guys, ganging up on the Newbie!

I see that yamaha is having some test rides...
you really ought to ride a 1300.
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10-16-2012, 03:43 PM,
#8
RE: V Star 1300 vs 1100
Yeah what r- r- radio said! Try them out! And ♪seee for your selllfff ♪
LoLrcycle rider Cool
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10-20-2012, 10:37 PM,
#9
RE: V Star 1300 vs 1100
Fuel Injected vs. carb no comparison carb is much more maintainance
Belt vs. shaft Shaft seems to be smoother shifting, but belt seems to allow faster acceleration and kevlar belts do not stretch
not worried about which is faster, but the 1300 wins hands down on comfort and less vibration
Just some thoughts from an old guy
2012 1300 T Highway Bars, Passing Lights, Passenger Floor Boards, K&N Filter, LED Brake light module, Power Point, Ram Mount GPS, Mustang Vintage Seats, Luggage Rack, Bucks Lowers, Screaming Banshee Horn, LED Fogs, Volt Gauge, Saddle Bag Guards, Radiator Cover, Boss Bags trunk, Kurykin Longhorn pegs
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10-21-2012, 11:11 PM,
#10
Re: V Star 1300 vs 1100
Dear Old Guy, you are right. I am thinking to get 1300 next year. :D
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10-22-2012, 03:02 PM,
#11
RE: V Star 1300 vs 1100
lol @Zag You're funny!

Yeah, I gotta go with the 1300 over the 1100....
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10-31-2012, 09:07 AM, (This post was last modified: 10-31-2012, 09:09 AM by Gibbo.)
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RE: V Star 1300 vs 1100
Go with the 1300, you won't regret it. I did a 1,000 + kilometre (621 miles) round trip last weekend on my 1300. Six hour stretches in the (stock) saddle allowing for fuel/food stops etc. no aches or pains in the "old" bod. Did you get the "old" bit @DocLubo?
The thing just lopes along, eats Kilometres /miles for Breakfast and runs very economically; Total distance traveled
1040.02 kilometres - actual (646 miles)
Fuel used 91 Octane Std. Unleaded: 51.26 Litres ..... 13.54 Gal. (US)
Returned: 4.93 litres/100 kilometres.
or 20.28 kilometres/litre
or 57.30 MPG (Imperial)
or 47.71 MPG (US)

At times I was up it for the rent to get past some heavy vehicles and some slower cars, but mostly I cruised between 100 (62mph) - 110 kph (68-70mph).

I can't fault her, had some warranty issues which Yamaha Australia fixed with an argument so I'm extremely happy. Hope this helps? oops forgot to add @Luminate, sorry.

Gibbo
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03-08-2013, 03:57 AM,
#13
RE: V Star 1300 vs 1100
He is correct. The 1300 is known for being better suited for someone who is 6'1 and taller for comfort-ability because the 1300's handlebars are mounted too far forward. I'm 5'9, 170lbs. When I ride my 1300 for more than an hour, and this is true from what I have read from MANY other V-Star 1300 riders, I get a sharp pain in my upper back between my shoulder blades. The most popular modification people do to the V-Star 1300 is swapping out the handlebars for handlebars from the Yamaha RoadStar. That is my only complain about the bike.

Other than that, I LOVE the 1300. I have ridden a V-Star 650, 1100, my 1300 for 6 years and my friends RoadStar, which I believe is a 1700. My friends 1700 is carburated and it just feels weird. My 1300 is way faster and handles alot better than his RoadStar. The 1300 has a super low center of gravity and my opinion of it being a great handling bike, is supported from reviews from motorcycle magazines and owners. I drag my pegs ALL the time when taking turns and the bike handles it fine. Sometimes when I am going down Main Street (Live in a small town), going about 25mph, I will rock the bike side to side really fast like I am going through cones and I'll bang the floor boards hard, once a second, so for it being a heavy bike, the center of gravity is amazing and handles great.

I did ALOT of research before buying the 1300. The only downside, other than the handlebars, is the lack of accessories. I have Vance & Hines Big Shots full exhaust, +1 Size tire in the rear (Which I recommend when replacing your rear tire) and drilled out the factory air box. The difference was night and day with the new exhaust and the air box mod.

I say go ride both the 1100 and the 1300. My bet is you will choose the 1300 hands down. The 1100 just doesn't seem to be connected to the road as much as the 1300. That and since it's carburated, the throttle response is slow with the 1100 and with 1300, being fuel injected, has instant throttle response. There is no lag what so ever. The seat is large and comfortable, for being an OEM seat.

The 1300 does require the valves to be adjusted frequently, however you can skip the $400 bill and do it yourself, but its a PITA. I'll admit, I have 11,000 miles on my 2007 and I haven't adjusted them once and it runs great with no hick ups. The only problem I have had with my bike, is I had it in the shop to get ignition pack replaced, under warranty. I think it was the ignition pack. I can't remember. That and now I think I need to replace the clutch cable. I have given it all the slack I can give it and the clutch still isn't locking up. It's acting like I have the clutch lever pulled halfway back.

So that's my "quick" little write up about that. Hopefully my opinion helps.
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03-08-2013, 04:55 AM,
#14
RE: V Star 1300 vs 1100
Drilling out the little air holes on the slides in the carbs did away with pretty much all the throttle lag on my 1100 lol
LoLrcycle rider Cool
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03-08-2013, 05:13 AM,
#15
RE: V Star 1300 vs 1100
There's still lag with the jet having to spray gas in the carburetor that has to trickle down through the carb, through the heads and down into the cylinder. With EFI, it's directly sprayed into the cylinder for instant response. If you have ridden a carbed bike, you will notice the huge difference between a carbed bike and an EFI bike, even with my friend's RoadStar 1700 that is carbed and has a Cobra PowerFlo Air Intake Kit. My 1300 smokes his RoadStar by a mile. I have even ridden my friends 1700cc Harley and it has a Big Bore kit and my bike smokes his also. He has 4 bikes, all Harleys so he is a diehard Harley fan and he got on mine and said it's much quicker than 3 of his 4 bikes. His other Harley has had the top and bottom done with a high performance cam, Big Bore Kit, Aftermarket heads, port and polished intake and he can be cruising down the highway at 50mph, be in 3rd gear and get sideways when he hammers the throttle all the way down. Scary bike. Pretty sure that bike would smoke mine. Only way I'd beat him is if can't get traction and I would get the hole shot since he can't keep the tires from spinning.
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