akio2587: Valve noise. Perfectly normal for these bikes. In fact, if they're not ticking they're probably adjusted too close. These motors are pretty notorious for not really needing the valves adjusted. They'll run forever.
lucky51762: Sounds very normal.
How many miles are on it?
rockpro2000: yes mine does the same thing ,I let it sit a minute and it starts ,and when stoped it kinda mis fires or some thing don't no what yhats all about
MrToolman911: That noise is totally normal on these bike. No worries they run forever.
Dave Johnson: I have A 03xvs1100 Custom just came back off a long trip it has 44,000 on it and sounds like valve noise does any one know the clearence on the valves???
Russell Martin: I have an older V Star. I found that when I burn regular unleaded gasoline and add the prescribed fuel stabalizer (or a fuel conditioner) in each tank the engine will run quiet. It might take a few tanks. Try it and be amazed.
David DeCramer: I sold my '07 1100 Custom, the bike sounded as if it could detonate when riding in higher temps. They're noisy motors anyways, and I bet the dealer "did not" check the valves. I adjusted mine 3 times before 6,000 miles, it never made a difference. If it runs good, ride it and check them like the manual says. Good luck!
richard randell: sounds normal to me, my 950 sounds like a 1940's printing press
David Grubb: mines doing the same thing i will let you know i think its the chain tensioner
David Grubb: cant be but a couple of things the chain , rocker arms wrist pen
James Burton: I have had the same problem once or twice, kinda annoying when all your buddies are waiting for you, I have no idea why it does it, but I have heard other vstar owners with the same type of issue.....
dave collins: My 02 1100 sounds just the same. Don't think it's a problem. I think it is inherent to the motor.
txflyguy40: I own the 750 and the vx1100. Both have clicking noise that comes from the pumps inside the gas tank above each petrooster valve. I have re set valves to spec's and the noise does not go away. Yes it is normal and loud.
mda1128: I have an '02 Vstar 1100 Custom that experiences the same issue every once and a while. After reading the ISRA forum and trying a number of remedies, the one that works best for me is to remove the gas cap, wait 30 seconds and put it back on. I've been able to re-Start the bike without issue after doing that. I'm unsure why it works...just glad that it does.
Maybe someone else can chime in as to why??
I hope this helps!!!
surfrDude921: Question for anyone: Have you had trouble starting your vstar 1100s after riding it for a while and it's hot? I'll stop at the store and let it sit for ten minutes and come back and it wont want to start.
Peter Winkel: Sounds ok.
Dirk Pruitt: My Roadstar 1600 sounds the same... Had the bike 3 years and still can't quite get used to the sound. It is normal for these motors.
PsiPhiTy: The valves like sound in this model engine is suppssed to sound that way, both Yamaha admin & factory have supported thisstatement along with several expert Yamaha repair shops.
zachpaw: My 2009 yamaha vstar 950 sounds the exact same.
Michael Mytakidis: I have the same noise in my ds1100.I regulate valves but continue ticking the front valve.my engineer told me that cause if left for long time without regulate valves.be carefull and check valves.
ivashanigan: Definitely valves clicking. Get them fixed before it costs you a lot more.
Yau Chun Hei: the ticking sound could be due to a broken rocker arm.. do get it checked!
pnut195888: OK! My 2000 Yamaha v star 1100 classic! My oil light is on but, the oil is showing full! What do u think the problem is!
rweekhou: My 2009 Dragstar does exactly the same. It's normal for these engines. What you're hearing are not the valves but the actual fuel-air explosions above the pistons. These V-twins have a rather 'open' construction, The cylinders are not tugged away in a big block. Instead, they are hardly insulated to allow as much air cooling and visibility as possible. As a result, you hear much more than with a 'regular' water cooled block. Enjoy the sound ;-)
maciekpolaczyk1: i have a 2005 v star custom and it sounds just like that i put straigth pipes on it and u cant hear it but it runs fine i got 15,000 miles on it and its always been making that noise
8repeels8: @pnut195888 I'm not an expert, but tapping could be valves. there are a couple of good forums and tutorials for adjusting valves. Delphiforums then drill down the menus to the v star section.
LeechZombie: That kinda sounds like mine now. But much worse! I change the starter clutch topped it up now its running like balls! Whats wrong with yours?
pnut195888: I have a 2000 vstar classic with 6000 miles it's make a tapping sound what should I do will somebody tell me please !
oldwatchman: I have one of these bikes running quite smooth and strong at close to 4,000 miles. It was serviced by a pro at 600 miles 1000 km for the valve adjustment. The general design dictates the level of valve noise. It is the most quiet at idle cold or hot. It is the loudest when hot and decelerating. Valve noise is normal on this engine. Do not try to over adjust to eliminate the noise or you will cause damage. Also it's quite normal for the transmission to whine. All normal V-Star engine sounds.
manetti12: prob out of time its real easy to do ...
aomorston: i have an 04 gsxr 1000 i was riding an all of a sudden the f3 light came on an then i heard this ticking sound.....first thing came to mind is the vavles but it gets louder when i rev it ....what could it be....can somebody asnwer this for me please
8repeels8: Extremely important to get a good mechanic. Just cuz it's a dealership doesn't mean it's good.
8repeels8: Agree with 3rdCavVet. If you have some mechanical aptitude go ahead, but I strongly advise you go to a v star 1100 forum, join and ask for a reputable bike shop near you. I wouldn't ride it sounding like that.
tom mot: Hi,i have 2010 1100 classic with 5000 ks on it which the noise of the tapets is exactly the same as it was from day one when i left the dealer! I got it new and now in front of me i have the YAMAHA owners manual and it says first valve adjust at 10000 ks! Why did you dealer had to touch your engine at the first 1000 ks? yours is excessive and dont cover it with loud pipes thats not a solution to the problem. Thats why idont trust dealers these are good and simple engines,dont forget oil&filter
mike borghi: it ticks because you let the dealer adjust them when the book said to. mine is a 2008 with 17000 miles and many mods and valves have not been touched yet. adjust them only when you need too. you ride it enough you will know when its time
Justin Benedik: i have the same problem on my 98 vstar 650 classic
tonopahbubba: Your valves need adjusting. That's all. I have two 1100 Silverados.
KitsapMike: Mine sounds just like it, I have 2008 Silverado, my new 2 into 1 exhaust covers it up
mapbike: If it's ticking like this that means the valves need to be adjusted........asap, this isn't normal and should not be run this way.
franco8990: I have a suzuki bandit 1250, brand new, done 7.000 miles and makes same ticking sound at low revs and also when its on engine normal idle speed. to be honest my bike rides well I still think it has to do with the type of engine oil . I think full synthetic oil should keep the cam chain tensioner from making the ticking noise but then again it is a suzuki.. However many people say not to worry about the ticking noise however get the bike serviced according to the schedule intervals. take care
D.J. Tanner: Just out of curiosity, what kind of oil do you use in this bike and how often do you change it?
jackpontiac52: Solid Lifters ! I went to adjust my valves, and they were all in spec. 30,000 km later? STILL IN SPEC! These are good Engines!
Ub3rn00berer: Normal ticking. Just about every yamaha in the world does this. It's not a lemon. Enjoy the bike.
MrLexbad: it's a lemon dude take it back...
KingDingaling818: Doubt they adjusted your valves. 95% sure thats what it is
G.M. Y.: 0,10 mm für den einlassventil und 0,15 mm für den auslassventil ist in ordnung.
oldwatchman: The V-Star engine is not perfectly quiet, it's an air cooled V-Twin. Mine makes a very slight valve noise even when it's adjusted and running perfectly. The only way to have no noise is to have no clearance i.e. hydraulic valve lifters.
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