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A little backstory: I've only been riding since last summer, picked up a 1982 Yamaha XJ750 for around $400, it was pretty rough and had been sitting for a few years. Got it going and had been riding it here all summer. I started looking for a newer, bigger bike this fall. A guy that I work with tells me his father-in-law is selling his 1998 Shadow 1100, I asked how much and what shape its in. He says he'll talk to him and see what he'd take.

The next day he says he's not sure but I could probably get it pretty cheap. I start thinking oh great its going to be another "mechanic special" but ask to see pics anyway. What he pulled up was one of the most beautiful two tone bikes I think I've ever seen. He says its been sitting for about 10 years and needs some minor carb work as well as some new tires. He's a bit of a wrench turner himself and had gotten it running but it runs lean.

I go to take a look, the bike only had 2400 miles on it! We fire it up and let it idle, he'd done new battery, fluids, as well as flushing the tank.

Says his father in law is willing to take $1700 for it! I pulled out 17 $100's and made the deal. Rode her home, so far I couldn't be happier and think all things considered I did quite well.
 

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Welcome to the forum and nice grab! She looks like a gem!
 

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A little backstory: I've only been riding since last summer, picked up a 1982 Yamaha XJ750 for around $400, it was pretty rough and had been sitting for a few years. Got it going and had been riding it here all summer. I started looking for a newer, bigger bike this fall. A guy that I work with tells me his father-in-law is selling his 1998 Shadow 1100, I asked how much and what shape its in. He says he'll talk to him and see what he'd take.

The next day he says he's not sure but I could probably get it pretty cheap. I start thinking oh great its going to be another "mechanic special" but ask to see pics anyway. What he pulled up was one of the most beautiful two tone bikes I think I've ever seen. He says its been sitting for about 10 years and needs some minor carb work as well as some new tires. He's a bit of a wrench turner himself and had gotten it running but it runs lean.

I go to take a look, the bike only had 2400 miles on it! We fire it up and let it idle, he'd done new battery, fluids, as well as flushing the tank.

Says his father in law is willing to take $1700 for it! I pulled out 17 $100's and made the deal. Rode her home, so far I couldn't be happier and think all things considered I did quite well.
Sharp looking Scoot, Congrats!
 

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A little backstory: I've only been riding since last summer, picked up a 1982 Yamaha XJ750 for around $400, it was pretty rough and had been sitting for a few years. Got it going and had been riding it here all summer. I started looking for a newer, bigger bike this fall. A guy that I work with tells me his father-in-law is selling his 1998 Shadow 1100, I asked how much and what shape its in. He says he'll talk to him and see what he'd take.

The next day he says he's not sure but I could probably get it pretty cheap. I start thinking oh great its going to be another "mechanic special" but ask to see pics anyway. What he pulled up was one of the most beautiful two tone bikes I think I've ever seen. He says its been sitting for about 10 years and needs some minor carb work as well as some new tires. He's a bit of a wrench turner himself and had gotten it running but it runs lean.

I go to take a look, the bike only had 2400 miles on it! We fire it up and let it idle, he'd done new battery, fluids, as well as flushing the tank.

Says his father in law is willing to take $1700 for it! I pulled out 17 $100's and made the deal. Rode her home, so far I couldn't be happier and think all things considered I did quite well.
Nice bike and for a good price with some extras to boot. Running lean means that you have some gum build up in the jets. Try B-12 which works very well to remove the deposits and follow the directions on the can. I was also a lucky one with purchasing my dad's 96 VT1100C with only 8,600 miles on it (a bit more than yours) for $2K but had more add ons but was hardly ridden after 2001 but maintained. Using B-12 helped to clean the carbs and bring it back to life.
 

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Thanks for the welcome!

I pulled the carbs, gave them a thorough going thru with some carb cleaner. Thanks to that Yamaha with its 4 carbs that are very similar I'm fairly familiar with them in and out. One of the "pins" that works the enrichment was so tacky and sticky it was stuck in there and I had quite a time getting it out, after that it runs great now and sounds pretty amazing. The PO had put what I was told were vance and hines pipes on it, not sure since there's no markings but they sound pretty great to my ears.
 

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Great bike. Very good deal; maybe great, depending on what you have to put into it.

If you're riding it already, a couple (or four) of hundred miles of clean fuel through the carb should go a long way toward cleaning up crud with or without Seafoam or B12.

The only unique (to 1100 ACE & Aero) maintenance issue is the crankcase guide plug oil leak. Find some drips off the lower radiator hose at the left front of the engine and you've come across the classic tell. Info on it is available here.

Most everything else about the bike is pretty much the same as the other 1100s from 1995 through 2007. Ride and handling are improved with aftermarket fork springs and shocks. (I went with Progressive.) Stock saddle is uncomfortable for most folks, especially on long trips. Spokes look great but are generally more trouble than they're worth. (I still have mine, though. They look great.) Keep your air filter clean. Start switch sometimes goes bad. The T-shaped battery sucks. 3-yellow-wire fix is a good idea. Plenty of threads on all of those things.
 
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