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Congrats on your new ride. That model year has the 1602 long stroke engine (they changed to a 1700 in 2004) and I believe (someone correct me if I'm wrong) there was only one model that year, with the exception of the optional Silverado trim package that added saddle bags and a windshield. They are known to be solid, powerful bikes with a reputation for running over 100,000 miles with regular maintenance. You picked a good one!
 

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Thank you for the accolades. I try to research before buying much of anything.

I did however miss something. Reading this forum, it seems that there are 2 recalls for this model year. I do not have the VIN in front of me. So I cannot say where my bike is affected or not. Fingers cross.
 

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Congrats on your new ride. That model year has the 1602 long stroke engine (they changed to a 1700 in 2004) and I believe (someone correct me if I'm wrong) there was only one model that year, with the exception of the optional Silverado trim package that added saddle bags and a windshield. They are known to be solid, powerful bikes with a reputation for running over 100,000 miles with regular maintenance. You picked a good one!
there was a factory recall on some of the early 1600 engines, some of them had bad lockrings installed on 3rd gear, it affected 20,000 units from 1999-2003 i think the 3rd & 4th combo gear assembly wasn't machined correctly and that is what causes the lockring to give out, more than a few came back to the dealership i was working at, around 2004 if i remember right. none came in that actually failed completely but some had transmission noise
 

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Thank you for the accolades. I try to research before buying much of anything.

I did however miss something. Reading this forum, it seems that there are 2 recalls for this model year. I do not have the VIN in front of me. So I cannot say where my bike is affected or not. Fingers cross.
if it has more than 25,000 on it, i wouldn't worry to much about the recalls
 

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Thank you for the accolades. I try to research before buying much of anything.

I did however miss something. Reading this forum, it seems that there are 2 recalls for this model year. I do not have the VIN in front of me. So I cannot say where my bike is affected or not. Fingers cross.
I'm only aware of one recall for 99-03 Roadstars. It was for the tranny issue that Pauli466 describes. Usually but not always a punch mark was put after the vin to indicate the work was done.
 

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I'm only aware of one recall for 99-03 Roadstars. It was for the tranny issue that Pauli466 describes. Usually but not always a punch mark was put after the vin to indicate the work was done.
I will look when I pick up the bike. In fact, I will contact the shop and see if they'll check. Providing I can call while at work. (It is one thing to type on a site and another to make phone calls.)

And THANKS afaycasaym
 

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WHy is the bike in the shop?

If you bought it from the shop, dont ask them to look for the punch mark, check it yourself.

If you ask them to look for you, it will definitely be there when you pick up the bike.
 

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WHy is the bike in the shop?

If you bought it from the shop, dont ask them to look for the punch mark, check it yourself.

If you ask them to look for you, it will definitely be there when you pick up the bike.
Bought it private sale. In the shop to have the carbs cleaned.

And I thought about the punch mark being there after the fact. And decided not to call about that.
 

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Bought it private sale. In the shop to have the carbs cleaned.

And I thought about the punch mark being there after the fact. And decided not to call about that.

Just an FYI...unlike the Vstars, the Roadstar only has one carb. If the punch mark isn't there, you can call Yamaha or have the dealer check to see if the recall work was done. If it wasn't done, I would recommend you not ignore it. Good luck!
 

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Just an FYI...unlike the Vstars, the Roadstar only has one carb. If the punch mark isn't there, you can call Yamaha or have the dealer check to see if the recall work was done. If it wasn't done, I would recommend you not ignore it. Good luck!
Sorry ... My previous bike had 4 carbs and just got use to says carbs.

And duly noted on the rest of the info.
 

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:smile:Congrats on your new ride. And the are very reliable bikes.

This combination has 80.000 miles with only basic maintenance. And she has no intention to do otherwise.:smile:
 

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Tranny recall has been completed according to Yamaha. NHTSA says incomplete. Who do I believe?

Also ... have any of you heard/been thru this recall?
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: ON CERTAIN ROAD STAR MOTORCYCLES, IF THE BOLTS HOLDING THE EXHAUST SYSTEM ARE ALLOWED TO LOOSEN, THE BRACKET HOLDING THE MUFFLERS CAN BREAK.



FYI - here is YAMMY's recall page - https://www.yamaha-dealers.com/public/web/techpubs/nhtsaPublications.html


And mine is a regular Road Star w/ a 1602cc
 

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Tranny recall has been completed according to Yamaha. NHTSA says incomplete. Who do I believe?

Also ... have any of you heard/been thru this recall?
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: ON CERTAIN ROAD STAR MOTORCYCLES, IF THE BOLTS HOLDING THE EXHAUST SYSTEM ARE ALLOWED TO LOOSEN, THE BRACKET HOLDING THE MUFFLERS CAN BREAK.



FYI - here is YAMMY's recall page - https://www.yamaha-dealers.com/public/web/techpubs/nhtsaPublications.html


And mine is a regular Road Star w/ a 1602cc
I'd feel confident the tranny recall was done. I've never heard of the recall on the exhaust bracket bolts. I'd check them periodically since with a vtwin you have more vibration. You could pull the bolts and blue locksmith them. I've never found mine loose when I had the stock exhaust, but on both my roadstars the stock exhaust lasted about a month before switching to aftermarket exhausts. Good luck!
 

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Tranny recall has been completed according to Yamaha. NHTSA says incomplete. Who do I believe?

Also ... have any of you heard/been thru this recall?
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: ON CERTAIN ROAD STAR MOTORCYCLES, IF THE BOLTS HOLDING THE EXHAUST SYSTEM ARE ALLOWED TO LOOSEN, THE BRACKET HOLDING THE MUFFLERS CAN BREAK.



FYI - here is YAMMY's recall page - https://www.yamaha-dealers.com/public/web/techpubs/nhtsaPublications.html


And mine is a regular Road Star w/ a 1602cc
they can't leave the recall open ended, completed means the time is up to bring bikes in for that repair, anyone owning those models are on their own for that repair from now on, i believe it only applied to original owners so people who bought a used bike were on their own anyway. unless it was from a dealer and even then there might be problems but it's all moot now
 
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