carlos soto: had the same sound. took my bike apart today, had a valve to adjust on the front intake. and did an oil change with full synthetic...sound is gone. remember intake valve clearance is .004 with a .005 max, and exhaust is .006with a .007 max. use a good feeler gauge.
Colt Sullivan: cam chain tensioner
kantear: check the breather tube under the air box to see if it's connected... that's what it was on mine.
also, ais is a possible culprit too as someone else said.
Chris Goodin: ok newbie biker here but just bought a yamaha v star 650 custom. same sound, dealership told me to run higher octane fuel in it because previous owner probably ran lowest grade available due to price of gas. guy I got it off of said that his local shop said valves need adjusted. currently has 24xxx miles on it. but they've all told me it won't hurt nothing driving it.... I'm scared though.help please?
hasher411: Are you using non-oxy fuel? If not try it, and see if it makes a difference! It will get rid of that tick! I have a 2008, 1100 v-star and mine use to tick to until I started using non-oxy fuel.
PauseDenied: Flux Capacitor Needs Calibration.
Tomasz Balcerzak: I have the same in my 1994 Virago XV750. Mechanics keep saying, that this have to be like this. After valve adjustment nothing better.
paul acabbo: read the manual, adjusting valves to the tighter end of the scale will give the best performance , but i would wait till after 5,000 miles before going that tight. after 5,000 miles the valves should be fully seated. valve clearance tightens as the valves wear into the seat after 5,000 miles there pretty much done seating or streching
NASH40: I just bought a VStar 650, now I feel better, I kept thinking something was wrong with it. My first bike so I really wasn't sure. Thanks!
LA Lindsay: I have a 2004 Vstar 1100 and I have pretty mcuh the same ticking sound as you have but mine comes and goes. When the bike is cold their is no ticking , just tickets when it gets warmed up...
Frank Castle: Also you can put an upgraded clutch in and that will make it a lot quieter.
John Schuerger: My 2005 vstar with 34000 on it does the same thing. Bike runs great but when idling can here tapping in top end.Sounds exactly like the video. Guess vstars do that.
Donalda Connolly: mine has ticked from the time i took it out of the box,literally lol. It has had all maintenance done. Had 3 mechanics on it and they all say it is normal for the 1100 and she still ticks and runs great. Amsoil made no difference in mine.
Frank Castle: Kidding. A full valve adjustment and Amsoil will quiet it down and improve performance.
Frank Castle: Muffler bearings are bad.
A Nelson: ticking WILL BE NORMAL FOR THIS BIKE... 03 Vstar 1100 with 25K. I have adjusted the valves twice now and both times they really were not out enough to even worry. Depends how hard you ride the bike... and yes it still ticks.. yes the oil you use will make a difference as well... if you dont do oil changes, the oil will break down and the ticking can get louder. .. simply check them every 10,000KM as a general rule..
jose gonzalez: i have a noise whnet i run the bike and letgo the gas sound start but whent i pres the cluch stop
Brad Blasel: 08 v star 1100, same noise, thought it was valves. Turned out to be a hole in one of the chrome AIS pipes. No noticeable tick at all any more. Look them over good. I would almost bet that's your deal.
Shane Gerow: It's your AIS making that noise. Remove it. Mine was doing the Same thing. No biggie
Dan Siler: I'm a Yamaha tech in northern California and I ride a 2005 V Star 1000, as a scheduled maintenance for this bike a valve adjustment is advised every 4000 miles though frequency of this service is different for each engine, but if you notice the valves being abnormally loud then they are too loose and should be adjusted. You should periodically check them anyways specifically for the exhaust valve. It will tighten down where as the others will loosen up. If exhaust valve tightens too much it will burn out! No one can explain why this happens, just a design flow I guess. When yamaha designed this engine they where trying to knock off a Harley style with Japanese reliability, so much that Harley sued them! My guess is the locking nut style adjusters just can't take the vibration, also valve float and rotation might have something to with it as well!
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