**Yamaha Road Stars Recalled for Transmission Problem **
We have been hearing about this recall, for all Road Star variants (Warrior Silverado, Midnight, etc.) from 2001 to 2003 model years, inclusive, for several weeks. The problem is a potentially delinquent transmission circlip. If it breaks, it could lock up the gearbox and the rear wheel with it, so you don't want to ignore it. On the other hand, the fix requires pulling the engine and performing open-case surgery, which has upset some owners, who feel their bikes will have some how been violated. It shouldn't be too much of an issue if you make an appointment, get a solid completion date, and pick a dealer who is competent and familiar with the procedure. To see the details, click on the NHTSA ODI link below and enter "03V309000" in the Campaign ID Number box. You can get further details by scolling down the page that takes you to and clicking on the "Document Search" button.
NHTSA Office of Defect Investigation