If you are the owner of a Yamaha Road Star XV1600, you probably acquired this vehicle because you have a preference for cruiser-style motorcycles, admire the smooth-looking chassis, or love all of the customization options for your ride.
However, even a seemingly perfect two-wheeler built for speed and manoeuvrability is never built with a flawless design. If you make it a habit to regularly check the condition of your Yamaha Road Star and apply repairs where it is necessary, then the problems will reoccur less. However, even if you are attentive and care about your motorcycle, you may still be going to encounter issues with your Road Star’s functionality every once in a while.
It is highly advisable to carry specific set of tools e.g. Clutch Levers, Mounts, extra fuses, nuts, and washers, in your motorcycle bag to handle any misfortune on the road
Listed below are a few examples of common problems that tend to affect your Yamaha Road Star XV1600’s performance?
1. Malfunctioning Transmission
If you own a Yamaha Road Star XV1600 model that was manufactured between the years 1999 to 2003, you may find remnants of a design flaw with the vehicle’s transmission system.
The issue lies in the second and third pinion gears that were built incorrectly. This made the gears incompatible with the covered chain or belt necessary to connect the motorcycle’s engine with the rear wheel.
If the motorcycle engine cannot transmit the intended input power to the rear wheel, this will prevent the latter from spinning at the correct speed. The faulty transmission system often can result in the chain getting caught and locking in place. This will prevent your rear wheel from being able to brake or stop spinning while you are in motion.
If there are signs of your rear wheel not spinning at the same rate as your front wheel or not being as responsive when accelerating or braking, it is recommended you take in your Yamaha Road Star to be seen by a professional mechanic. Such an individual should have the correctly-sized gears available to replace the faulty ones causing you problems.
2. Wobbly Handlebars
If your Yamaha Road Star XV1600 has ever fallen over or the front section of the motorcycle ever taken a bad hit, this may result in your handlebars no longer being fixed in place.
The reason that the handlebars may feel loose is due to the neck bearings not being screwed in fully. If they are starting to jut out, your handlebars will gradually start to swivel and no longer point just straight.
However, if the neck bearings are securely in place, then the problem may instead lie in the forks or triple trees. As the forks and triple trees are responsible for supporting the handlebars, any damage to their foundations could result in the stability of the handlebars being compromised.
If your handlebars are not correctly affixed, it will make steering and keeping your balance precarious while riding at high speeds. Try to look over the neck bearings, forks, and triple trees to see if they are starting to show wear and tear so that you can replace them before an accident happens.
On a long motorcycle trip, you may need a relaxed riding posture with adequate steer input which many of the standard bars does not provide.
To outstrip all of these issues, motorcyclists are now switching to the custom motorcycle handlebars so they can adjust as per conditions and comfort.
3. Weakening Suspension
Motorcycles require a suspension system to help motorcycles perform better when navigating over potholes, bumps, etc. Without the suspension system serving as a buffer, any impacts will not be softened and will cause extreme discomfort to the rider’s bottom.
If the springs and dampeners in the suspension system continue to be stretched over and over again, eventually they become less effective at absorbing impacts. The chassis of your motorcycle will start to damage itself by constantly smashing into the wheels when traveling over bumpy or rough terrain.
Sometimes the suspension system does not work at all because your motorcycle was supplied with already broken springs or dampeners. Every time you go out for a ride, inspect the mounts that connect the springs and the frame. If there are signs of damage to the mounts, do not wait until later to take action. Continued pressure on the suspension system could result in the mounts being irreparable.
It is possible to make do with somewhat worn-down springs and dampeners by welding them to the suspension system. Otherwise, if they are too broken to be salvageable, you will have to purchase replacement parts and fit a new suspension system.
4. Failing Oil Pump Gear
If you own a Yamaha Road Star XV1600 that was manufactured before 2001, then your motorcycle may still be built with an inadequate oil pump. As you can probably guess, the oil pump is responsible for the transference of oil when your motorcycle is active.
Unfortunately, the oil pumps in older Yamaha Road Stars tended to transfer oil correctly or at an inconsistent rate. This resulted in a constantly low oil pressure which meant less oil was getting around to where it was needed. The engine parts start to scrape against each other, the engine not having a high output, or the engine just shutting down entirely.
Because the oil serves as a lubricant, engine components that are not properly lubricated start to become heated which can result in the engine becoming dangerously hot. Also, engine components such as the hydraulic lifters struggling to move will become difficult to ignore as the sounds will become almost as loud as your engine running.
If the current oil pump in your Yamaha Road Star XV1600 is not adequately pumping oil to the necessary parts, you will need to go see a professional mechanic and install a hardier oil pump into your vehicle instead.
5. Annoying Sounds
While your Yamaha Road Star XV1600 is going to constantly be making noise so long as the engine is running, your ears may pick up sounds that sound unnatural or concerning. Typically, any abnormal noises coming from your motorcycle indicate that a component is at risk of or already malfunctioning.
For example, the cylinder head turns on in an attempt to cool down the engine when it starts to warm up. However, it is a cause for concern if you hear a constant ticking sound like a clock coming from the cylinder head when the engine is still at a relatively cool temperature. This most likely indicates that a valve is not opening or closing correctly.
If you hear any consistent ticking, tapping, or knocking that sounds suspicious, you should assume that means something is broken until you can visually confirm nothing is wrong with your motorcycle. You typically should be able to fix the damage yourself using repair tools. However, if the damage is too extensive or the sounds keep persisting, you should take your motorcycle to be seen by a professional mechanic
6. Faulty Airbag
Though most Yamaha Road Star XV1600 lack a canopy and a seatbelt, some two-wheelers can be fitted with an airbag to at least provide some protection for a rider in case of a collision.
Unfortunately, there have been instances where airbags have deployed prematurely. If your motorcycle bumps into another vehicle or stationary object with enough force at or above 20 miles per hour, that impact could be enough to trigger your airbag’s deployment.
It is also possible for your motorcycle’s airbag to be released if your vehicle is hit from the wrong angle. Your airbag is only supposed to come out as a result of a high-speed head-on collision.
It is not functioning properly if it has a hair-trigger response to being hit from the back, sides, or dropped on accident. You should make an effort to test the functionality of your Yamaha Road Stars when you are at home in your garage. By the time you figure out whether the airbag is working or not while on the road, it is usually already too late.
It is not a good practice to completely rely on your motorcycle’s safety features. Now a days, it has been seen so often that most cruiser riders do not wear proper motorcycle safety gear. Cruisers might not be as fast as the sport’s bike but you still opt for road injuries.