Just venting, but I'm just a little dissapointed with my 07 Road Star and my dealership right now. I took it in on Tuesday because of a strong smell of gas after every ride. I was relatively sure it was puking but I figured that the bike is new, under warranty, and its best at this time to let the dealer fix it.
I advised the dealer that it had a strong smell of gas after every ride and that it farted and stalled from a light every once in a while. Got the call tonight that it was repaired and picked it up. When I saw the dealer rep, he stated that the carb
had in fact puked into the air filter. They replaced the filter, adjusted the carb and told me that it was running better. They further advised not to overfill the gas tank in the future because that is what made the carb puke the gas. He said he knew it ran better because they road tested it before and after the repair.
After taking off from the dealer, I saw that it only had one more mile on it than it did when I dropped it off. That wasn't good, but the bad news was that the gas smell remains and once again I had to leave the garage door open for 30 minutes to air the place out when I got home. The smell of gas is as strong as ever.
I'm certainly dissapointed with the dealer, but bummed about the bike too. This 07 Silverado is the first Japaneese motorycle I have ever owned. After owning Triumphs (old and new), Harleys, Moto Guzzis, and BMWs, I had reached a point where I just wanted a good bike that was going to be reliable and would provide miles of enjoyment with proper maintenance and frequent oil changes. I thought, reluctantly, that a Japaneese bike would probably be the way to go.
However, after reading all the threads on this site about SVS
, and dealing with this problem with no apparent help yet from the dealer leads me to begin to think otherwise.
A buddy of mine bought a Vulcan Nomad the same week I bought the Silverado. I thought his bike was ugly and the Star was beautiful. He's had no problems and I'm dealing with this. My brother owns an 03 VYX1800 Honda and has had absolutely no problems whatsoever. I guess the question becomes, are some Japaneese brands better than others? Where does Yamaha/Star fit into the group as far as engineering and quality goes? Is lack of quality the reason that Star only comes with a 1 year warranty?
If you changed brands but stayed with a Japaneese brand, what brand would you go to? I'm interested in your thoughts on this because I'm really considering changing bikes. I'm too old to put up with this crap. I just want to ride.
Your thoughts on the "brands" subject is appreciated.