Information from the service manual

Repairing Second Gear

Submitted by xjcdadmin on Mon, 06/19/2017 - 00:20

Note: this fix does require mechanical ability and judgement. If you have never done anything like this before, you may decide to disassemble the transmission yourself (hey, everyone has to start somewhere) but I suggest you seek out the assistance of someone with some mechanical experience once you get inside. Just changing/repairing the gears may not be enough.

Problem: The transmission kicks and jumps out of second gear, under load. This rapidly gets worse and soon the bike won't take second gear at all.

Replacement TCI Transistors

Submitted by xjcdadmin on Sat, 08/08/2015 - 17:55

The original transistors used in our Transistor Controlled Ignition igniter boxes are Fuji made ETD41-035. They were discontinued many years ago.

ETD41-035 transistor

Various sources dedicated to old Yamaha motorcycles such as the Vision and the Virago suggest that the MJE5742 is a drop-in replacement.

TCI Repair

Submitted by xjcdadmin on Fri, 07/17/2015 - 20:44
For many years my Police Special had a very nasty habit of dying like I had hit the kill switch.
It never sputtered first and would almost always do it within the first 1 km from my home.

Maintenance Intervals

Submitted by xjcdadmin on Thu, 06/27/2013 - 10:26


This chapter includes all information necessary to perform recommend inspection and adjustments. These preventative maintenance procedures, if followed, will insure more reliable vehicle operation and a longer service life. The need for costly overhaul work will be greatly reduced. This information applies not only to vehicles already in service, but also to new vehicles that are being prepared for sale. Any service technician performing preparation work should be familiar with this entire chapter.