Yamaha Recalls V Star 950, V Star 1300 and Super Tenere For Possible Fuel Leak

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On Oct. 28th, 2011 Yamaha filed a recall campaign with the NHTSA (campaign ID number: 11V533000)  regarding possible fuel leaks on 2009 thru 2012 model-year V Star 950 and V Star 950 Tourer manufactured October 2008 through August 2011. The recall also includes the 2007 V Star 1300 model with manufacture dates August 2006 to March 2007. A total of 2800 models are affected.

A separate recall (NHTSA campaign ID number: 11V532000) was issued by Yamaha for the 2012 Super Tenere with manufacture dates June 1, 2011 to August 31,2011. This recall also involves possible fuel leaks.

2009 – 2012 V Star 950, 950 Tourer and 2007 V Star 1300

According to the recall there may not be a proper seal between the fuel pipes for the fuel injectors and the fuel hose connecting them due to an improperly molded fuel hose. Over time, pressurized fuel may leak at the hose connection points, potentially leading to a fire hazard.

Yamaha will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel delivery pipe free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on or before Nov. 11, 2011. Owners of the affected V Stars can contact Yamaha for more info at 1-800-926-7926.

2012 Super Tenere

Like the V Star models above, the adventure-touring Super Tenere may also have fuel leak problems. According the Super Tenere recall, during the assembly process, the fuel pump O-ring may have been installed incorrectly in its grove. If the tabs located around the inner circumference of the O-ring weren’t properly seated into the grove during pump installation, the O-ring sealing lip could become pinched and damaged, thereby preventing sealing.

This improper seal could allow fuel to leak from around the fuel pump, potentially leading to a fire hazard.

This recall involving 1069 units is expected to begin in the month of November. Customers may contact Yamaha at the same number above for the V Star recall.

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  • Dennis

    I have a recalled 07 vstar 1300. After the rcall “fix” the engine misses and backfires when held at a slow cruising speed. I have Vance & Hinds pipes and a cobra 2000 fuel processor. The dealer fails to do anything about it. It also appears to be using more fuel. Went through a tank in 150 miles where I used get 180 or so mile on a tank. Can you help? Thanks, Dennis

  • Samuel

    Hey Dennis
    I too have the same problem after my 07 was fixed. Have you found out anything?

  • mike

    I too now have an engine miss after my recall being performed. I had the service performed on Saturday and today is Monday (they are closed on Mondays). I’ll call the dealer tomorrow and have them pick it up for repair. I have a 2007 VStar 1300 with just under 9K miles. No aftermarket mods on the engine or exhaust. Recall performed by Katy Yamaha in Katy, Tx.

  • mike

    The dealer picked up, repaired and delivered my bike free of charge – and told me the mechanic had reversed the wires to the injectors when reassembling the bike – hope this helps!

  • bruce

    just had mine recall done.mike did this fix your low speed problem ? this miss is driving me crazy.antone help ?

  • Alan

    I bought my 2012 v-star 950 (build date 8/11) 3/12…I c the recall came out on 10/28/12? Why did I just get a call about a recall AND y wasn’t this taken care of before I bought my bike??!! U have got to be kidding me!!!!!

  • pinchvalve

    I cannot get the recall service done because the parts have been on backorder for months. I hear stories about dealers picking up bikes and I wonder where this is happening?!? Around here (Pittsburgh, PA) the dealer wants you to drop off your bike, wait 3-4 weeks at least, and they may get around to it. No guarantee and no reservations allowed.

  • Patrick

    Mike – Thank you posting your issue you had after you had the fuel line recall. I had the same issue you had with the reversed injector wires. Unlike you I have a rotten dealer. The problem is most apparent at low throttle position and mimics a fuel starvation situation (motorcycle will buck)but run okay at idle and high RPMs. You can check the connectors yourself by getting your flashlight and looking at the injector connections (look between the top of the air cleaner and under the tank. The CORRECT wiring has the light grey connector closer to you (hard to see) and the dark grey on the injector farthest away from you (easy to see). Be sure to look at the connector where the wires clip to the injector (not the injector itself). If the wires are reversed you can switch them back by propping up the tank and removing the air cleaner assembly. You need tiny hands or really long needle nose pliers to release the connectors. Stay far away from Columbia Power Sports and ride safe!

  • JOSEPH BROWN

    AFTER MY RECALL I HAVE HAD MY CYCLE IN TWO SHOPS AND SPENT SEVERAL DOLLARS TO GET THE MISSING AND BACKFIRING FIXED. IT IS STILL RUNNING ROUGH. I CANNOT START IT AND LEAVE IT ALONE.
    IT DIES EVERY TIME, AND BACKFIRES . JOE