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Ok here is the deal, I have a 2004 Yamaha V star 650. I went to take off from the red light the other day but blam! It wouldn't go anywhere, just kept revving up like it was in neutral. I pulled it to the side and shifted the gears all I could(seemed to go through them all since the green N light would go off and on as I shifted) but still it just kept revving up. It also sounds like something is making a small rattling noise when I rev it up with the throttle pulled back. Also when I push it around without the bike being on, I can hear a creeking/crackling noise that sounds as if it's coming from the rear tire. I looked and it seems as if there is has also been some oil leaking. Does anybody have a clue?? This is my only transportation and I'm freaking scared as this is my favorite lovely little bike that I just converted into a chopper. Can it be fixed? Is it my fault? What do I do? Should I just throw it in the dump????? WHAT DO I DO PLEASE I'M BEGGING ANYONE!!!!
First off, you didn't state if your V Star is the Classic, Custom, or Silverado model.
I'll go with the Classic for now.
Going from your description (I can hear a creeking/crackling noise that sounds as if it's coming from the rear tire, has also been some oil leaking.), and the fact that your bike is a shaft drive, I'd suspect the rear drive shaft or it's gear assembly:
Had it been leaking prior to this happening?
If so, the oil level might have gotten too low.
If not, you might have blown out a seal, but you could have cracked the casing also, so further/closer examination on your part is required to determine exactly WHERE the oil leak is coming from.
As far as the noise/it not going, possibilities are the drive shaft U-Joints might have gone south, or the final ring and/or pinion gear might have broke.
Basically, the only way to tell is to break down the final drive and have a look.
Posted on Feb 08, 2014
Testimonial: "eeer I did put classic in one the description bars, but apparently it didn't show up?? But yeah thanks I will try all of these suggestions."
It sounds like you either blew out something in the gear case (pinion gear, ring gear, etc) or there is an issue with the midshaft/driveshaft. Raise the back of the bike up, put it in N, and rotate the tire, pinpoint where the clatter is coming from. My VStar 1100 did this, and I ended up getting a replacement used gear case for about 300 dollars.
The bad news is that if the problem is farther up in your drivetrain (in the transmission, or in the engine case) that will become a costly repair. With the bike raised up, carefully put it in 1st gear and observe if the driveshaft is turning....if it turns, that is a good sign, and helps to show that the problem could be in the gear case.
Use a digital camera when you start taking things apart so you have a reference to use when you put it back together.
Posted on Feb 08, 2014
Testimonial: "Well when I roll the bike in neutral the drive shaft(that's the pole attached to the wheel right?) doesn't spin....does that mean....the worst???"
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Its funny you should mention this but yes, I had its bigger brother the GS 850 G , same problem, Apparently, in my situation I did the same thing and went to the shop and let those butchers make it worse !!!, the way i found my leak was by washing the motor with a grease and oil cleaner , strayed the whole motor and wash it all off totally, then I turn her on and let her get to operating temp went for a few mile and came back and checked it, for me it was the head gasket the guys put on and i forced them to do it again,
I found out later that it was common with the suzi's of that model and ended up doing it myself, I used the original gasket and used a compound called gasket goo and it never leaked through out the 8 years i had it .
But before you do anything , surly they gave you warrant y on the work so take it back and demand they do it properly.
Cheers and ride safe
Posted on May 18, 2009
SOURCE: v star 650 final drive noise
I have an 03 as well with 47K on it and recently had it go out for the SECOND time. I talked with the dealer who talked with Yamaha directly and was told that if the u-joint at the front of the drive shaft gets tight that it will cause this issue. A known issue, no mention of this in the maintenance of the bike, and Yamaha is unwilling to do anything about it. The first time mine went out the splines on the coupler and rear shaft were dust, and NO lub anywhere near them. When I replaced it the shop packed the coupler with bearing grease before assembling again, and when it dies this time there was no lube anywhere. No visible leakage either. I have no idea where it went.
Rather messed up that a "bullet proof" system as I haev been told by many dealers, has this issue, is known by Yamaha, and nothing is being done for the majority of us.
My solution: Get rid of the bike and do not buy another Yamaha!
Posted on Oct 16, 2009
how do you adjust the headlight beam on a xjr1300 naked 2002 bike, is it as simple as undoing the 2 bracket bolts at the sides of the lights and re-setting the lights to a new level ??
currently it seems to be set for riding with a pillion passanger or heavy load at the rear as the lights are set low, no one flashes me even if i ride at night with full beam on !
thanks xjr cambs
Posted on Sep 10, 2010
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