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2014 Ducati Diavel Strada vs. 2014 Star Vmax Comparison Road Test

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Without a doubt, the Ducati Diavel and Star Vmax are two of the meanest, most rambunctious motorcycles in production. Sure, most liter-class sportbikes send as much or more horsepower to the rear wheel (though only one—Kawasaki’s Ninja ZX-14R—beats the Vmax), but those plastic-clad repli-racers are elegant and almost dainty by comparison, like sinewy ballerinas. These freaks of engineering are thick-necked, ...

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Star Motorcycles Announces Winners in the Bolt Custom Build-Off

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Star Motorcycles recently held a contest to see who could create the greatest custom motorcycle using the Star Bolt as their canvas. There were a total of 10 bikes created with each being truly unique, reflecting their individual inspiration and style. After months of hard work and creativity by each of the builders who participated in the Bolt Custom Build-Off, ...

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2013 Middleweight Metric Cruiser Comparison Review

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My favorite comfort foods, heart-warming and artery-clogging classics like mac-and-cheese, buttermilk biscuits and pulled-pork barbecue, are straightforward and uncomplicated, each prepared with a short list of ingredients and easy techniques. But many cooks have been fooled by such simplicity, following recipes dutifully but ending up with bland results. The artistry, the ability to create a dish that’s just right, is ...

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2013 Star V Star 950 – Review

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Of the four motorcycles in this comparison, the Star V Star 950 has the most distinctive look. Ever since Yamaha created Star Motorcycles as a separate brand for its cruiser division, the company has carved out a distinct niche in the segment. Last year, Star launched the Raider SCL (Star Custom Line) and it just released the Bolt and Bolt ...

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2013 Star V Star 1300 Deluxe – Road Test Review

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Got your eye on a custom dresser, a “bagger,” eh? Can’t say I blame you. Stripped and slammed cruisers are so five years ago. They may have a wicked minimalist look, but actually riding one is another story—us baby boomers are gettin’ too old for narrow seats and suspension with one lousy inch of travel. Crikey, my back! And if ...

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Ridden & Rated: 2014 Star Bolt

Yamaha calls its Star Bolt an "urban performance bobber." It’s a stripped-down version of Star’s highly successful V Star 950 cruiser. (Photography by Riles & Nelson)

It’s a smart company that studies the market, conducts research and builds its products based upon what the data indicate will be successful. In the case of Yamaha, its Star Motorcycles division (which builds its cruisers) is a very smart company indeed. While noting that cruisers compose about 49 percent of the overall street market, the folks at Star also ...

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2014 Star Bolt and Bolt R-Spec – First Look Review

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Fully embracing the popularity of stripped-down, back-to-basics customization as well as the need to offer cool, affordable motorcycles to attract new and young buyers, Star Motorcycles has introduced the all-new Bolt and Bolt R-Spec cruisers. Based on the V Star 950 platform, the Bolt is powered by a fuel-injected, 58-cubic-inch (942cc), air-cooled, 60-degree V-Twin mounted in an all-new double-cradle frame ...

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2012 Star Raider SCL – First Ride Review

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(This article was published in the July 2012 issue of Rider magazine.) Story by Greg Drevenstedt, Photos by Nelson and Riles Starting in the late ’70s, metric cruisers, such as Yamaha’s 650 Special and Virago 750, Honda’s CB650 Custom and Nighthawk, among others, offered an alternative to American V-twins, with more reliability, higher performance and lower prices than Harley-Davidsons of ...

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