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  • YAMAHA ROADSTAR 1600 reliability

    HI guys, i was just looking on the internet and talked to some guys about Roadstar "problems" like the Trans Recal, oil gear pump...i own a 2000 Roadstar 1600MM whit now 50.000miles on it, and running strong like always, this bike has never let me down in any ways, the best bike i had so far (ive owned Harley Vrod, Gs1200adv, vstar1100, virago750, victory hammer 100ci) i just fell in love whit the roadstar and all the aftermarket part for it...but now i got kinda scared haha ive read alot about the trans problems, and oil gear problems and i never did this to my bike, i bought this bike in Texas but i shipped it to Paraguay, South America, and the dealer here is a mess!!! so no way im letting them touch my bike,

    So my question, is there any one in this forum also riding the xv1600 whitout having done the Trans recall thing and oil gear pump???? and how many miles has your bike? is this really somthing i have to do? or just like a "safty" thing to do... because finding a good mechanic here that can do the "trans Recall Thing" where i live is almost impossible... i could do the oil pump gear thats not so difficult, but i just change my clutch kit 2 months ago and i dondt want to do al that again haha.

    sorry guys for my bad english, its not my first language,
    the pic in the atach is my roadi
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  • #2
    I have a 2008 so no experience, but you should read this thread below thoroughly.

    https://www.roadstarclinic.com/forum...s-should-check

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    • #3
      nice bike. I wish I had a good answer for you, but given your situation, it sounds like the best you can do is change the oil pump gear and hope for the best. The recall service is nothing short of a complete engine teardown and you'd probably be better off doing it yourself before taking it to an incompetent shop. But even that's unrealistic. If it were me? I'd say keep riding it and should it ever fail... *then* you can decide if you want to tear down the motor or replace it, etc.

      If you're interested in seeing what's involved, there are 3 videos on Youtube showing the Roadstar recall teardown. It's pretty interesting.

      Best of luck.

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      • #4
        Thanks for the replays! yes DOC_V ive seen the videos on youtube....thats why i dont want to change it hahah i will just keep riding till it brakes...for now 50.000miles whitout any issues..

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        • #5
          You said you bought the bike in Texas? Did you buy it brand new? If not, the previous owner(s) could have already had the recall done. That recall has been out many years. You can find out if your bike has already had the recall. One of the RSC Administrators, BubbaKahuna, can guide you through that process




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          • Doc_V
            Doc_V commented
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            Good idea. You can always call a dealer in the states and they should be able to look it up.

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          • daveto
            daveto commented
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            Great, now I’m worried my front calipers will fall off and I will lose all braking ability. Also glad my door airbags have not gone off yet.

          • Doc_V
            Doc_V commented
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            Not sure how much I trust that site. My car had a recall for airbags and it said 0 recalls.

        • #7


          WTF! Where are our air bags located? I need to have mine checked!

          NHTSA ID Number: 10064763

          Incident Date March 23, 2004

          Consumer Location Unknown

          Vehicle Identification Number 1LNHM83W21Y****

          Summary of Complaint

          CRASHNo

          FIRENo

          INJURIES0

          DEATHS0

          WHILE DRIVING 20 MPH BOTH FRONTAL DOOR AIR BAGS WENT OFF INADVERTENTLY. DRIVER WAS NOT HURT, AND WAS ABLE TO DRIVE THE VEHICLE TO THE DEALER FOR INSPECTION. MECHANIC INFORMED THE DRIVER THIS WAS AN INSURANCE CLAIM ISSUE. AT THIS TIME DEALERSHIP COULD NOT RESOLVE THE PROBLEM. *AK

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          • roadiemort
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            Click on the top link lol.

        • #8
          Consumers will be able to tell whether their vehicle or a used vehicle they are considering is at risk due to an uncompleted recall

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          • #9
            I bought this bike used whit somthing around 20k miles on it in 2013... i checked my VIN nummer in 2003 YAMAHA ROAD STAR | NHTSA and http://www.yamaha-motor.com...saddly both sad the recal status where incomplete... but in the descrition it says that "ON CERTAIN MOTORCYCLES, CERTAIN TRANSMISSION COMPONENTS MAY NOT MEET YAMAHA QUALITY-CONTROL STANDARDS" so maby mine is good hahah.... i now this is a big risk...but taking the engine apart here in my country im shure there will be alot more CERTAIN engine components whit problems after they put it back together...i tried so many Bike-Shops here and OMG... one of them thought my engine had 4 CYL because it had 4 plugs hahahah

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            • #10
              about teh Oil gear Pump... ist that just the gear shafft part: 5YU-13360-00-00 ?? ill post a pic of the part diagram from a 2007 roadstar... i thing that model already came whit that "better" gear right?



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              • Duke
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                The 2007 comes with the heavy duty oil pump shaft. You should be ok.

            • #11
              When the dealer did the recall on my 2001 RS transmission, they did not upgrade the oil pump drive. At the time the recall was done, the oil pump drive wasn't a issue.
              I found out when I redid my clutch, and that's when I installed the new style pump drive.

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              • #12
                Thanks DUKE for you reply, will order this ASAP

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                • #13
                  so yesterday i bought the OIL PUMP GEAR SHAFT 5YU-13360-00-00, i looked the part number from a Roadstar 2007 to get the improved one....now i see that the xv1600 from 99-03 have the exact same part number...so how do i now if this part is actually the improved one whit the heavt duty shaft???

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                  • #14
                    I think they only sell the newer style now. The one you ordered will be fine.

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                      • #16
                        OKOK, nice! thaks for the pic.. will check that once it arrives

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                        • #17
                          I am in the UK and I have owned my '99 Roadstar from new (US import). Bike has still only done 6k...
                          Only had my tranny recall work done 2-3 years ago because I did not get the UK Yamaha recall letter it being an import. I was not aware then of the oil gear shaft problem...
                          Does the engine need to be stripped again to replace it?

                          BTW I was a member on the old forum - so glad this is still going/resurrected

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                          • #18
                            Nope! To replace the oil pump drive gear, you only need to remove the left side clutch cover, and the clutch pack. It is a bit of a pain, of course, but the most difficult part is only getting all of the old gasket off! Don't know the current price of the drive... it was about $70-$75 last time I bought one. But, well worth it for the piece of mind!

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                            • #19
                              Oh, since it hasn't been noted here... if you're at all concerned about RoadStar 1600 reliability... forget about it! These things are practically as reliable as a rock. I have 3 of them... the longest for 11 years now. I've experienced the starter spin issue once. Fortunately, that was right in my driveway! Consumer Reports, a couple of years back, polled their readership on motorcycle frequency of repair, and of the brands that made the survey, Yamaha was rated #1. Way far back, at the other end, was BMW... The MoCo was out there, too, as the second worse. But I'm not

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                              • #20
                                from Athens, Georgia.
                                I've got a '00 1600 w/43,000 mi. Never had the recall done...don't want our local dealership's hands on my scooter.
                                No problems so far.
                                I love the smell of smoked pork in the morning !

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