Well just about 2 weeks now and no bike.
Let me explain.
On the 7th my Star Venture Transcontinental blew its motor, tick, tick, ticking sound then a serious backfire in the front cylinder and the bike died.
Y.E.S. was absolutely no help to get the bike off the road or towed. Trying to get this bike picked up by a tow company was a complete pain. Finally got it towed home and then over to the moto shop the next day and from here things Don't get any better. The shop is still troubling shooting the bike and the latest is stuck open valves from defective/broken valve springs as of Thursday but nothing confirmed yet.
Apparently mechanically the bike's motor is fine but no compression in the front cylinder which has made them think its open valves. No completely sold on this.
I have brought the bike in a few time for the faint ticking sound but was told that is normal v-twin motor noise.
Anyway the day the bike died the ticking sounds got very loud then after I pulled over to check it over I was thinking it was me just over exaggerating, shut the bike down went into the store and came out started the bike and when taking off a small backfire in the front cylinder and the ticking got louder and faster then boom, I mean booooommm! -- Crap do I have all my parts, ok I was good. The bike dead, wouldn't start, no horrible noise just no compression, now mind you, I am in the middle of a busy intersection and cars darted around me to advoid hitting me. Now that traffic was slowed down I put the bike in electric motor mode and moved the bike up to the side of the road and gathered what had just happen.
So now here I am waiting and hope for the best ever possible outcome.
Wish me luck and send me prayers!
I hope to return very soon to provide an update, until then upset, not happy and not liking this bike and lost the love for it.
Rich, can you explain a little deeper in how Yamaha Extended Service was no help to you, stranded on the roadway? Isn't all the coverage we are supposed to have...to take care of this unfortunate experience? Are they (Yamaha) going to fly a factory tech down to your dealership to take charge of this? This is their flagship bike...after all! I hope a solution, diagnosis, and FIX comes fast or at least in the next few working days, my friend. What worries me, is that you took care to have the proper YamaLube oil...and did all the oil changes per schedule. I'm shaking my head, that you say Y.E.S. was of no use to you, beyond having the standard warranty. That needs further explaining from Yamaha to you....
Rich,..if they (Yamaha) can give a 2018 SVTC FREE
to Long Haul Paul,...maybe they should be delivering a new 2018 to you
...A PAYING CUSTOMER/OWNER....and picking up this one...you have had a few problems... Call Yamaha tomorrow and say, come pick up your bike...and bring another...NEW... See if you get a 'Yes'....and mention, you are aware of Long Haul Paul getting a free one to ride, courtesy of Yamaha USA!
Post Edit: RIch, they can a do a number of things for you...that I'd be pushing for, being if it were my bike...I'd be either pushing for a totally new replacement bike...or...a new RE and RE motor swap. Honda has done that at least 8 times that I know of, for GL1800 owners that had serious, or reoccurring failures, one after the other. My own Honda dealership swapped out two GL1800 engines for customers...so this DOES get done. Just some suggestions....