by Brianna Collins
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The V-Star is Yamaha’s classic motorcycle brand. With new models coming out in 2009, this motorcycle has historically been quite popular with consumers. In 2002, Yamaha introduced a 1,100cc V-Star that users rated particularly well on the Power Sports Network rankings website. Both the XVS1100 and the 2002 XVS1100A V-Star had the same oil specifications.
The 2002 1100cc V-Star could handle five different types of motor oil, although Yamaha recommended certain types of oil for different operating temperatures. It recommended SAE 10W-30 oil for colder climates, with temperatures between 14 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Yamaha recommended SAE 20W 50 for warmer climates, between 32 and 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Other motor oil options included SAE 10W-40, 15W 40, and 20W-40. This motorcycle also took two different types of gear oil: hypoid SAE 80 (API GL4) or hypoid multigrade SAE W-90.
Oil and filter changes
2002 V-Star owners were required to change the engine oil approximately once every 6,000 miles for optimal performance. For gear oil, it was only necessary to change the oil once every 12,000 miles. Additionally, Yamaha recommended that the engine oil filter be replaced every 12,000 miles.
Yamaha also recommends that you check the engine and final gear oil before each use to make sure there is an adequate amount and that there are no leaks. If there is a leak, Yamaha instructs riders to refrain from riding and to have the motorcycle repaired by a reputable Yamaha dealer.