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  • A big THANKS to Bonz-and I need help resolving a starter problem :)

    My first post and Bonz had helped me out prior to being able to sign up, a couple months ago. I'm in NorCal-Bay Area.
    Thanks for the boards!
    I've got a very well cared for '81 XS1100S I picked up in August-21,000 miles. Fantastic shape. People thinks it's new. I traveled out of state to buy it and trucked it back. AN 8 hour ride on an MC, for an old buzzard, ain't the "fun" it used to be.
    The issue I'm having now is when I press the start button it is spinning freely ( most first cold tries ) and not engaging.
    I'm hoping there are XS1100 wizards here with the solution-new part and where to buy or repair process?
    I do have a Clymer manual but thought I'd try you guys first.
    Thanks- Jonny

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    That would be the starter cutch not engaging.

    Sorry, it is not good news, as you have to split the crankcase open to service it.

    Maybe it will improve with exercise, or with a better battery, or by some suggestion from another member. Maybe you can live with it.

    Good luck and welcome to the great community we have here.
    -Mike
    _________
    '79 XS1100SF 20k miles
    '80 XS1100SG 42k miles
    '81 XS1100H Venturer 35k miles
    '79 XS750SF 15k miles
    '84 Honda V65 Magna ? miles
    '85 Honda V65 Magna ~7k miles
    '84 Honda V65 Magna 48k miles (parts bike)
    '86 Yamaha VMAX 7k miles

    Previous: '68 Motoguzzi 600cc + '79 XS750SF 22k miles

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Radioguylogs View Post
      That would be the starter cutch not engaging.

      Sorry, it is not good news, as you have to split the crankcase open to service it.

      Maybe it will improve with exercise, or with a better battery, or by some suggestion from another member. Maybe you can live with it.

      Good luck and welcome to the great community we have here.
      It doesn't get a lot of riding time-so I'm crossing my fingers on the battery and will order one up Monday. Cheap trouble shoot. Thanks.

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      • #4
        JonnyO, welcome to the club. Here is a link to the service manuals for the XS models.

        http://ringler.us/family/yamaha.html

        Bax
        80 SG

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        • #5
          Change the oil!!!! The "wrong" oil will cause it to do that. Try using a "lighter" oil. I just moved from Santa Cruz area, and used a 15-40 for our "winter". 20-50 in cold weather, with this old bike, will cause some problems some times. You probably already know that once warm, it does not have any problems.
          Ray Matteis
          KE6NHG
          XS1100 E '78 (winter project)
          XS1100 SF Bob Jones worked on it!

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          • #6
            Good to see you, JonnyO! Thanks for keeping in touch this summer when we emailed back and forth about your bike, happy I could keep you interested enough to wanna check this place out! Glad you are here now.
            Howard

            ‘01 ZRX 1200, only bike in the garage.

            2020 Rally Link:
            http://www.appleattic.net/XS2020/xs2020.html

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            • #7
              JonnyO, welcome to the club. Synthetic oil has been known to cause that condition. I would recommend , like Ray, an oil change. A four stroke motorcycle specific oil has additives which will help the starter clutch grip the shaft. Not an unusual condition for these old bikes.

              Phil
              1981 XS1100 H Venturer ( Addie)
              1983 XJ 650 Maxim
              2004 Kawasaki Concours. ( Black Bear)

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              • #8
                Welcome Jonny O Yes as everyone has commented change that oil! Also try and run the bike as much as you can > picked up a Venturer that had been sitting even with the oil change I thought it was a split the gears job it was bad and hard to catch after getting some steady miles on the bike I no longer have any problem.

                Coaster
                82 XJ1100J
                81 Venturer
                Newly acquired Aches N Pains collection

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