I know that this has been discussed and has happened to quite a few others, but if there is anyone out there that had a similar issue and can offer advice on what I should do with my own cracked frame, I would certainly appreciate it.
From what I can tell, the weld looks to have been cracked for a while as you can see that the stress has now started to crack the down tube itself. I feel pretty lucky to have noticed it now, even though it's possibly way too late to repair. A couple of hard hits and it may have let go completely and snapped in half.
The bike just passed 100 hours and like I said, I assume the weld has been cracked for a while now. I like to think that I take great care of my bikes. I weigh about 180, ride at about an average vet B pace on pretty much exclusively sand tracks.
Here's a pic...
Can this be welded?
Any chance Yamaha has recognized the problem and would be willing to help out?
If I am to replace it, any idea where I could source one for cheap?
I was just going over the pros and cons of buying a new '14. Guess I waited too long to make a decision :/ Anyone want a 2011 for cheap???
Thanks and let me know if anyone has any info.