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Hello, My name is Gary O. I am here in Portsmouth RI (Newport) I recently purchased a 2002 v star 1100 custom. I have had many bikes in my time, but I love this thing. I am going to be sticking my nose in the manual, however just as a new owner I have a few quick preventative questions before I ride it everyday. 1) The oil level I can not see, dirty or low I can not tell? If dirty, is there a way to check level with a dip of some sort? 2) I was also informed there is a special non-foaming type of oil I must use.? 3) I keep reading that this v twin likes to tick. Understandable, however when I put my finger in front of the front lower part of the engine, (middle side of the starter, I can feel a semi- forceful patting of air/exhaust that is in time with the ticking and engine speed? I can not see behind the starter unit however without removing it. I first was running 93 unleaded, but have backed off to 89 unleaded. 4) When riding, and also when just warming this bike at idle. I notice that the top half of the front V cylinder gets hot well before the bottom half, and the top and bottom of the rear V cylinder.??? 5) This bike seems to be in mechanically good condition with 1300ml. But it was left to the elements and not covered. Rust on the frame in places, rusted and pitted chrome. I plan on spending a good deal of time with it over the winter, but was wondering if for now, if there is sometime I can spray over the whole bike to protect it from continuing to cosmetically deteriorate? ( I myself have been covering it well, but will not be able to garage it for a couple of more months, and have noticed the original rust and pitting is growing.) Thank you in advance, I truly have come to love this bike and have a personal interest in it's care now.

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U need a repair manual for starters--if oil is gritty its time for change-or u may just get new filter--straight 30 wt is good--the front bottom will be cooler cause of air flow-top has diff fins and combust is there--body care is like cars

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