Pros: Good Looking, Good Leg Room, Shaft Drive, Fast for Size
Cons: Unreliable, Ignition key placement is bad, Oil filter replacement difficult.
My wife's V-Star now has 26,000 miles on it and has been nothing but trouble since we bought it. I thought the bike was great when we first bought it but I?m starting to change my mind.
The problems started while the bike was still under warranty. The clutch started slipping badly so the clutch had to be replaced.
Three Days after the warranty expired the Ignition Pulser died. The Pulser is located on the end of the crank shaft. I was not happy. I have a ?98 ACE 750 with 75,000 (yes 75 thousand) miles on it has never been in the shop for anything other than maintenance.
Yamaha did help some with this expense. They paid for the part and some of the labor.
Now the bike has a whine in fifth gear. The engine has to be completely disassembled to replace the gear. That?s going to cost between $1000 and $1500 to fix. I can?t wait to get the bike fixed so I can trade it for a Honda. If this bike were a Harley I would expect this kind of thing but I really expected more from Yamaha.
A few other knit-picks: The oil filter is hard to get to. It is much more difficult than it need be. I have started changing the filter every other time I change the oil because of this.
The ignition key is positioned behind the forks near the steering head. It?s impossible to remove the key when the handlebar is turned to the right.
These are minor annoyances and I could easily live with these things if the bike were only reliable.