"Folks...because I had purchased my SVTC east of Toronto...we passed my dealership...so I wanted to just drop in...and say hello. We did that...(and also hit his bathroom, lol) but...that is NOT the 'meat' of this posting...------This is....:"
I asked if anybody else he sold to, had any issues with any low engine serial numbered SVTC or Eluder...that had to have their engine rebuilt for the leaking oil main crankcase gasket...and did anybody have to have the (blah, blah, and blah....) cam lobes and mating H.L. lifters replaced because they did not get possibly re-pre-lubed when being put back together...?"
He looked at me, like I was on very ...very cheap drugs...and then said "Joe...what the H*LL are you talking about...?!?!?!?"
Well...I got flustered...and gabbed up a storm of how there has been two SVTC's with the same problem that we have all been following from Chief's experience, and that other chap's...and that we had been told of the first 500 call back, to fix a LEAKING OIL GASKET
He let me finish...and then he went into his document drawer...and pulled out a communicative from Yamaha Canada, that was dated sometime in November/17...when he asked what the delay reason was...for his not getting his September/October/17 shipments.
The written response, was this Folks...for I read it...(but before you ask..NO...he wouldn't let me have a copy of it, to post...he said that he could get into very serious trouble in doing that...but let me read the internal memo)...but back to what the memo said. The TRUE REASON that 500 bikes that had been built on the assembly line...and already were being shipped, but were called back to Japan, was this:
The bike's Power Head, the computer unit/module that controls the whole show
...even higher than the E.C.M...had a serious software/hardware glitch...that was FOUND OUT AT THE LAUNCH OF THE MODEL------> The bikes that were there, at Americade (sp?) had a fatal glitch, that the bike would start...but then, at any time, the bike would NOT start again...and be dead in the water. They hushed that right up....and called Japan, to put an immediate hold on the early delivery program bikes....to find out what the heck was going on...software? Hardware?
Folks..at NO TIME, WAS ANY ENGINE TAKEN APART TO FIX A LEAKING OIL GASKET...NO SIR...THAT WAS NOT THE REASON FOR THE 3 MONTH DELIVERY HOLD BACK....IT WAS A SOFTWARE/HARDWARE ISSUE. NO ENGINE WAS EVER TAKEN APART AFTER HAVING BEEN ASSEMBLED UPON THE LINE. They probably replaced the Power Head that is controlled by the main and critical software. So...folks...that was the reason for the delay rollout and delivery.
So...there was NO WAY, that Chief's (Tony)'s bike had his failure because of the possibility that the 're-assembly' tech did not brush pre-lube on the cams and the follower. The bikes never were torn down...period! I saw the memo today...and it was software/Power Head...with the bikes (some) not being able to start past a certain start up number of times....THAT was what was going on...and found out, by the early 'reveal' models at Americade. End of story....so whatever happened to both Tony's and the other fellow's H.L. issue...could be just bad parts...defective parts unfortunaley showing up in their engines. There are thousands of other SVTC and Eluder engines running just fine...so, that also speaks to...if you are running a good oil...not bought from somebody's back yard, garbage pail...you should be fine. I still will stick with premium oils...even now knowing it had nothing to do with a rebuid, or how much PSI. pressure the cams are exerting on the H.L.'s...two bikes out of thousands...means we, the rest..are 'good to go'.
Happy touring, all! Great bike...had a software issue...they held them all back, until they nailed that down...and here we are today...with hundreds of thousands of miles across all SVTC's and Eluders currently on the road...and we are all Happy Campers...(except for two...) but one of them is now a Happy Camper once more, lol! Right, Chief?
Over and out...(for I yelled this all, over C.B. '19'....virtually, or course...lol
No fears...no engines taken apart..not the first 500..not one of them...no bad, failed oil gaskets...all engines oil tight from the assembly line...just (as in all high tech) some software/hardware glitches...now fixed!