The mechanic is cleaning the carbs and replacing the vacuum diaphragms. I should have the bike back today or tomorrow. Are all years of this model effected by the spline lube issue?
To be honest here, this is an issue with ALL shaft drive bikes, regardless of model or maker. Yamahas, Suzukis, Honda's etc ...... all have the same basic design for their shaft drive bikes and require the "splines" to be lubed.
As mentioned it is more about using the right type of grease and checking them periodicly.
Short story...My FJR has a shaft drive, and when I took it in for its initial 600 mile check up I asked them to check to see that the splines were lubed properly.
The wrench said they should be....and to do so I would have to pay for the labor to remove the wheel for him to check it out.
I counterd with this proposal...If the splines are in fact lubed properly with some kind of Moly grease, I will pay the labor cost. BUT, if he finds that they are not lubed correctly, then it is a warrenty issue and Yamaha should pay for the service. He agreed, and when I came to pick up my bike there was no charge for the spline lube/labor on my bill.
The tech said the splines did have a thin layer of what looked like lithium grease on them, but were "not lubed correctly"...so he did not charge me. (He of course did lube them with the proper grease)
So, anyone who owns a shaft drive bike, brand new or used, should check the splines if not actually aware of their condition.