Anyone own one of these bikes? My local dealer has a really good deal on a new one and I'm seriously thinking about picking it up as second bike to my boardwalk. I've checked out several forums about that bike and the only issues I found were valve lifter issues on some pre-2010 bikes and 3rd gear issues on bike even older. Maintenance is not as easy as a victory (you have to pull the seat to check the oil dipstick!) Any opinions or info would be appreciated.
The Yamis use a dry sump. It is a two step process to fill the oil, which all gets sucked up into a bucket under the seat when the bike is off.
I owned a Warrior with the same basic engine. It was a decent bike. It made nice power, but vibrated enough to put my hands to sleep just on the way to work when traveling over 80 mph. That may have been at least in part because I changed the handlebars from stock. I had to change a lot on that bike because it was an ergonomic nightmare as delivered.
Yamis have great brakes, though IIRC the Strats don't have ABS. One knock I can remember about them was less efficiency and fuel capacity than their rivals. On the flip side, they make more power. The tank mounted speedo was also cited for requiring looking away from the road to view it.
My wife has never been keen on the seat on them either. Driver's perch feels pretty good though.
Personally, I've never been a fan of their styling, but to each his own. I always thought the Road Star was a good looking machine. IMO, all they needed to do was develop some pipes for it that straddle the machine so as to allow more capacious luggage to be added. Instead they made an art deco locomotive.
WTH, a bargain is a bargain and chances are pretty slim that a Yami is going to give you a problem.