It appears to me that Yamaha is refusing to acknowledge a problem with early-model (2006-200 Stratoliner transmission gridning problems. I have a '06 Strat with 23K on it and my 3rd Gear is near useless. When in 3td gear (from 25-45mph) the gear whines so loud...you can hear everything but the bike. Never saw any shaving in my oil nor on the magnetic oil plug. I use Mobil-1 20W-50 (special for air/oil coooled V-Twins) Full Synthetic oil, and change it every 3000 miles along with my transfer case fluid (Royal Purple full synthetic). The gear whine/grind in 3rd in unbelievable and my local DOUCHEBAG dealer told me it "sounds just fine for a bike with large cogs in it". Obviously he's an idiot, but that's besides the point. Bike is still under warranty until 2011. HELP!
Does anyone know a decent/trustworthy dealer anywhere near Virginia/Maryland/Pennsylvania/DC area who would help me get this fixed under warranty? Thank you in advance for any help on this.
BTW, I have two other Strat riders with an identical issue! I have not contacted Yamaha directly as I thought they would simply send me back to the dealer.