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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-31-2014, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Going Shopping for a Road Star

Hi All,

Posted in the introductions about my my original '84 venture that I still have and my '06 Midnight Venture that I sold last year. Because both bikes have become too top heavy for especially 2 up, I had narrowed my interest down to the V Star 1100 and the Road Star. Since my intro post, I have convinced myself that I want a Road Star. I can't find anyone who dislikes them. I love the look. The reliability seems rock solid and everyone raves about the handling and power. And, I understand that the aftermarket is teaming with all kinds of goodies for them.

That being said, I am going to look at 2 used ones this weekend. Would love new but the "Boss" (the Mrs) wants me to start used and then buy new if I am totally happy. I am looking at a 2000 and 2001. Both have under 20K on them and the asking prices are good.

As a new member on this site, I hate to bombard you with questions but I don't want to buy something only to regret it. Especially to the boss.

After doing some investigation last night, I found out about a transmission recall on these years so my questions are:

If the owners of these bikes don't know if they were repaired, how would I find out?

Is Yamaha still honoring the recall on these years if the work was never done on them?

Is there a link to some kind of document that explains what gets repaired?

I read something about piston and rings being replaced also at no charge? I know about a clip in the tranny but why the pistons/rings?

And finally, I understand that riders are replacing the oil pump gear at the same time at their own cost?

Thank you.
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The transmission recall was for 99-03 models. You can go on the Yamaha website and put in the VIN number and find out if it's been done. Yes, Yamaha will still honor the recall. Rings are replaced but not the pistons. The engine has to be completely torn down to access the transmission so rings are replaced while the pistons are out.

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I have an 06 and can tell you, you will love this bike. Also if you havent yet join the Road Star clinic the most info you will find on a bike in one spot. Also great people there.
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-07-2015, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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Well the good news is that I am now a proud owner of a 2000 Road Star.

It is a 1 owner bike, just over 8K miles on it, always in a heated garage. It is mint, not a scratch or blemish anywhere. This guy was very meticulous. You could eat off the floor and work bench in his garage.

Brand new tires, Mustang seats, Removable windshield, Vance & Hines exhaust, a chrome usb/car charger and a GPS/Cell Phone holder.

The guy was going through a divorce and I got him to agree on $2,500.00.

I checked vin# on Yamaha's website and the recall hasn't been done yet so I will bring it to my local for that sometime next month.

I am really excited about this new ride!
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Congrats on the new baby man. I'm sure you'll be looking at a younger one fairly soon

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The guy was going through a divorce and I got him to agree on $2,500.00.

I checked vin# on Yamaha's website and the recall hasn't been done yet so I will bring it to my local for that sometime next month.

I am really excited about this new ride!
Congratulations, you just hit the lottery. You're essentially going to get a complete engine rebuild. I wish I could stumble on a first gen Roadstar that hasn't gotten the recall work done yet.

Lots of people use the opportunity to have some upgrades installed since the labor will already be covered. Either way, good for you.

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You should expect some jail time, you stole that. Great deal on a bike with 8000 on it. You got a hell of a bike and a hell of a deal.
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I had a 2000 MM, great Bike and shouldn't have sold it
Give this site a look see.

http://hdhtex.com/index.php/yamaha-r...ission-recall/
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Thanks for the great encouragement everybody. Looking forward to riding it in the spring. Hope it is as much fun as my other passion. I restore these for the sheer love of them. The old timers here like me should remember them.
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Grubsie is that a 69 350cc?

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