Hi all, new to the forum, signed up because this seems like the place to find out about vstars.
Been rocking a virago bobber for a minute, 1995 frame and suspension with a 1989 powerplant and tank/seat from an '82. I love my virago, she is my baby girl, but since there is no 2up chicks don't dig it.
Decided to grab something with bags and a 2up, found a 2003 vstar 650 on craigslist for $800. Closed on it yesterday. Full fairing, purple metallic paint, comfy 2up, total chick magnet. Hell yeah. Got it from some yuppie who bought an 1100 and let the 650 sit outside for most of a year.
When I got it the starter would click-click-click-click and the signals and headlight were hella dim so I put it on the battery tender overnight. This morning the headlight was bright, all signals worked, and the starter didn't click anymore.
Instead when I hit the start button I hear a solid "thunk" noise from the front of the block.
Tomorrow (Thursday) is my day off work and I plan to spend the day working on the new bike. Already grabbed the vstar 650 shop manual pdf and have it loaded on the laptop at the shop.
Does anybody here have any ideas about what might be wrong, or what to check, or the proper order to troubleshoot the bike?