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post #1 of 146 (permalink) Old 12-20-2016, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Looks like I'm done - V-Star is about dead

In August I fulfilled a life long dream and bought my first road bike. A 2005 Vstar 1100 Classic. Previous owner had really dressed up. She was pretty with all the extras - tach, 2n1 pipes, BAK, ORK, mustang seats, every piece of chrome you can find was on it. I got it at a good price with 27K miles on it.

About a month after I got it, the starter clutch went out. I spent $400, got the Yamaha replacement parts and did the work myself. I enjoy turning wrenches, especially on "my bike". Took a while but I got it all repaired and back on the road with no problems.

I have been riding this bike every chance I could get - long weekend rides, commuting to work, trips to the store. I have loved being on this bike. Even purchased cold weather gear and was riding to work in the high-30s/low-40s.

On Thursday, December 8, I was on I40 heading into Raleigh, NC for work. Thank God, and I mean that sincerely, I was in the left lane. I looked down and noticed my speedometer was sitting on 0. I knew that was not right. I was starting to slow down and take a look when I heard and felt a "thunk!" The rear-end immediately locked up and started sliding. I was able to get it into the concrete median, hit the front brake without locking up. I slowed it down but wound up hitting the concrete barrier. The highway bar took most of the hit. I was uninjured, thankfully, and consider it a miracle as I was doing about 70MPH. I was able to get it towed to the local Yamaha dealer.

I suspected a middle drive failure that I have heard so much about. The local dealer confirmed that is the issue. The estimated cost is going to be around $3,500 to repair. That is what I paid for it. I don't have it and I am really questioning if I would sink that much into it if I did have it. I have looked through the manuals and been doing a lot of research to do this work to do myself. I am handy. But, tonight I have accepted that fact that this is WAY over my head. I do not feel comfortable and it is just too much.

I am absolutely crushed. Devastated. Unless someone on here knows someone, somewhere that can help repair this for less than a couple thousand I guess I am done and will try to sell it "as is" or salvage. I am so bummed and ABSOLUTELY PISSED at Yamaha. This middle drive and starter clutch problem appears to be very common but they won't address. Meanwhile I am still paying on a loan for bike I can't ride.

Oh, well, it was absolutely awesome the few months I got to be a motorcyclist. Back to the cage.

One a side note, as I stood on the side of I40 for 2 hours waiting on a tow, EVERY motorcyclist that came by with the exception of 2, stopped to check on me. The two that didn't stop, one came over with his hand up in the "What the??" gesture, I gave him the thumbs up and he went on. The other guy, literally cut across two lanes in heavy traffic, to get to me and I gave him the thumbs up and he went on. I will NEVER forget that. Total strangers checking on me. That will be returned by me.
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post #2 of 146 (permalink) Old 12-20-2016, 10:58 PM
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I am so sorry to hear that. I am glad that you are OK. - This might be a long shot, but is there anyway your insurance could cover the bike? I really don't know what else to suggest. It just doesn't seem right. That kind of failure should be covered somehow.
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Thank you. I have not thought about that but that is a good idea. The repairs are right up there with the value of the bike. I am going to call tomorrow just to see. I doubt it....but you never know.

They did with my Expedition.....Yes, two days before this I was T-boned in my car. Haven't been in a wreck EVER in my life. I've been driving 35 years and within 72 hours I trashed two vehicles. Just have to laugh I guess.

I will post what I find out.
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Thank you. I have not thought about that but that is a good idea. The repairs are right up there with the value of the bike. I am going to call tomorrow just to see. I doubt it....but you never know.

They did with my Expedition.....Yes, two days before this I was T-boned in my car. Haven't been in a wreck EVER in my life. I've been driving 35 years and within 72 hours I trashed two vehicles. Just have to laugh I guess.

I will post what I find out.
So you hit the concrete barrier when you wanted to stop for a quick break. When you got back on the bike it wouldn't move anymore so you called a tow truck.
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post #5 of 146 (permalink) Old 12-21-2016, 04:55 AM
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https://sites.google.com/site/vstar1...le-drive-shaft here is a repair you can do yourself.others can fill you in on the detailsbetter but if your mechanically adept. its less than $50.00

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Yup...fixed mine for less than $50 and an afternoon of my time. That was 4-5 years ago and it's still going strong.....if not better than before. Just follow the link in the wKB that Nick left and fix it.

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Like others have said, glad you're alright. If you don't fix it, I'm with Yamamassgirl on the insurance claim. Since your bike was towed and you struck the concrete barrier, you should be able to make a claim. Just a suggestion, please keep us updated.


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Holy crap man, I am glad you were not hurt. Good luck with the repair!!!!

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Sounds like you have my kind of luck. Sure glad yer ok, but ya can't let it go down like that. If you have any mechanical ability, and even if ya don't, you can fix it yourself. And like Nick said there are people here willing ta help out with any info you may need to get help get the job done. And for a fraction of the cost of a shop. I recommend ya get yerself a manual, if ya haven't already. and read up on it. After all, yer payin for the bike. It's yours to do with what ever you want. Why not try to fix it yourself. Ya can't hurt it any more than it is already, right? A little at a time. A little patience. Good luck and keep us updated with what ya decide to do.
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One thing that would concern me....of the hundred or so mid-shaft failures I've seen over the years....none have ever caused the rear wheel to lock up. The bikes have always kept moving and more than able to be ridden home...... if you could put up with the noise and possible damage of the shaft moving around a lot (speedo sensor etc).

There could also be other issues. It would be a good idea to make sure you check out the entire final drive before you make a decision on what to do.... Just an FYI.

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