I've had my Vee for 8 months now and apart from the usual clutch niggles I have had no issues...until today.
I went for a 1 hour ride in the country side, mostly in top gear/overdrive averaging about 120km/h (75mph) and when I reached my destination and slowed down to look for a parking spot the engine died. I started it up again and then it died again. This was while I was drifting down the main street of a country town. I repeated the process a few more times before I decided that I couldnt risk being stranded miles from home and did a u-turn and headed back home immediately (no country lunch for me
While running along at my usual 3200+ rpm the bike was running fine. Eventually I made it back to the suburbs and with the usual traffic lights and stop signs the issue became a lot more problematic. I had to keep revving the engine to keep it alive which was no easy feat. The Ducati owner next to me at one set of lights must have thought I was challenging him to a drag as I sat there revving the guts out of my motor.
I finally got home after having ridden around for about 5 minutes of riding gently in no gear higher than third. Pulled up on my driveway and the engine died again. I managed to start it again but I had to give it some throttle just to keep it alive. I let it die again and sat on my porch for 15 minutes wondering how much it would cost me to trade the Vee in for a Wee.
Then I decided to go buy some lunch and what do you know, the bike is running perfectly again. I tried everything I could to get the engine to die again but I couldnt even get it to hiccup. Revved it up to 4000 rpm and then released the throttle and it just dropped down into a nice idle like usual.
I have gone on rides a lot longer than the one I did today with absolutely no issues, but this is the first real warm day that I have gone riding "long distance". I have a strong feeling it has something to do with the warmer weather, the prolonged use of overdrive or a combination of the two.
The bike is a completely stock 2008 Vee and has never had any of the "lean" issues that many others complain about. I ride it everyday in all weather and have had no problems.