This forum is awesome, thanks so much to everyone who posted messages for my problem. I have gotten some great advice. I hope when I get the bike back I can trust it and rely on it. There is nothing worse than riding a machine you don't trust. At this point I will always wonder what will happen next. I have also asked them to check out the water pump as I have heard many of the 98's have problems there and I noticed that there was some small metal flakes in the coolant and I orginally thought the engine noise was either a valve or water pump knock. Anyone heard of this problem? mikeolichney- you mentioned writing yamaha a letter? What kind of letter do you suggest? One complaining of the problem as a factory issue or one that indicates the poor serivce at the dealer? Also you asked about the dealers name.. I am Wichita Kansas and the dealer is K&N Yam/Kawasaki they are really the only yam/kawi dealer in town and they on Nichols Honda Suzuki the which is the only Suziki dealr and one of two honda dealers in town.. They pretty much own the market.. thanks again for everyones help and opinions they sure do help a bunch!