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2011 Star Stratoliner Deluxe vs. 2011 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero – Comparison Test Review

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photography by Rich Cox [This 2011 Star Stratoliner Deluxe vs. 2011 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero Rider Comparison Test was originally published in the July 2011 issue of Rider magazine] With chopper-mania fading farther and farther in the rearview mirror, the V-twin world has shifted its attention to baggers. As a touring magazine, we’re more concerned with functionality than fads, which is ...

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2011 Star Stratoliner Deluxe – Road Test Review

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photography by Rich Cox [This 2011 Star Stratoliner Deluxe Rider Test was originally published in the July 2011 issue of Rider magazine] A large chunk of American motorcyclists are beholden to the past. For years the highest percentage of motorcycle sales has been accounted for by cruisers, classically styled, heavyweight bikes that display more than a passing resemblance to motorcycles hand ...

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Yamaha Royal Star Venture/Hannigan Trike Conversion Road Test

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story and photography by James Parchman [This Yamaha Royal Star Venture/Hannigan Trike Conversion Ridden & Rated was originally published in the March 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Like some recent sports and entertainment notables, motorcycles occasionally experience positive character changes as a result of forced intervention. This certainly was the case with the Yamaha Royal Star Venture on which we racked ...

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2011 Star Stryker 1300 – Road Test Review

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photography by Riles & Nelson [This 2011 Star Stryker 1300 Road Test was originally published in the January 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Cruisers, baggers and cruiser tourers account for nearly 50 percent of the motorcycle market in the USA, and subsequently dominate the American lineups of the Japanese motorcycle manufacturers. Particularly classic cruisers with wider, shorter front tires, standard ...

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2009 Star V Star 950 Tourer – Road Test Review

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photography by Tom Riles and Nigel Kinrade [This 2009 Star V Star 950 Tourer Road Test was originally featured in the February 2009 issue of Rider magazine] Throw a leg over the saddle, lift the bike off the sidestand, settle into the commodious seat, turn the key, push the button-Baroom! Good sound, not too loud. Pull in the left lever, ...

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2009 Yamaha/Star Vmax – Road Test Review

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photography by Riles & Nelson Aha! Now I get it. Just before the unveiling of the 2009 Yamaha/Star Vmax on the deck of the U.S.S. Midway, we listened to a riveting account of how aircraft were launched from the now-decommissioned carrier. A steam-powered catapult helped propel each plane from 0-170 mph in two seconds. Pilots were pushed back in their ...

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2008 Star Road Star Silverado – Road Test Review

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Since its introduction in 1999, Yamaha’s (now the Star Motorcycles division of Yamaha) air-cooled, big-inch V-twin Road Star has been tremendously popular. Over the years this cruiser has evolved, become more refined, its engine has grown in displacement and for 2008 it has been given another upgrade: computer-controlled electronic fuel injection. The Road Star Silverado is a substantial motorcycle with ...

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2008 Honda VTX1300T, Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT, Suzuki Boulevard C50T, Star V Star 1100 Silverado – Comparison Test Review

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[this middleweight touring cruiser comparison review features the 2008 Honda VTX1300T, 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT, 2008 Star V Star 1100 Silverado and 2008 Suzuki Boulevard C50T, and was originally published in the May 2008 issue of Rider] You’re a cruiser rider, and you like to travel, too, right? So your choice in bikes is a touring cruiser, one ...

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2008 Star Motorcycles Raider – Road Test Review

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Ride on down to your local custom hangout on any given weekend and peruse the metric cruisers assembled there. Do a quick count of the number of each brand represented, and there’s a good chance that half or more will be from the Star Motorcycles division of Yamaha. Now check out any magazine that features customized metric bikes and, again, ...

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