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Headlights and speedometer dim and flicker on 2001 Yamaha VStar 1100 custom? Thinking it is the battery (about 1-1 1/2 years old) not sure though?

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Sounds like you need a new battery or to clean connections. Bike is not getting enough juice causing dimness and flickering. Hope this helps.

Posted on Apr 11, 2011

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    Rob Sanderson Aug 01, 2015

    Same problem on my 02 1100 VStar. Found loose battery terminals. Tighten them but still does the dimming thing ?

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