Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: California Central Coast
Mine just failed for the second time, 2009 Vstar 950 tourer, done about 45,000 I had the bike from new, regular servicing etc. The first time it failed (30,000) it seized completely and wrote off the entire rear end, swing arm, axle and hub ($1300). Fortunately my wife and I were only traveling slowly, on a freeway it could have be very exciting. I have posted this before: any strange noises from the rear-end on these bikes stop immediately! The first failure was covered by the initial 2 year warranty, and afterwards I took the option of a further two years - so hopefully this latest problem will also be covered. On this occasion I heard the noise and perhaps not much damage has been done - I am taking it to the dealer on Tuesday. I should say that both the Yamaha dealers that handled this problem were very helpful, but there does seem to a design problem with this bike's rear end.