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2012 Star Motorcycles – First Look Review

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For 2012, Yamaha’s Star Motorcycles division is launching a factory-custom line, called SCL (Star Custom Line). The first model will be the Raider SCL, featuring chrome wheels and drive belt pulley co-designed by Star and Performance Machine, a chrome belt guard, stainless mesh cables and lines and a high-end six-layer process for the Blazing Orange paint job with custom graphics. ...

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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 Touring Cruiser Shootout: Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide, Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager, Victory Vision Tour Premium, Star Royal Star Venture S

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Photography by Rich Cox Cruisers have been the dominant type of motorcycle for the past couple decades now,and touring by motorcycle has been big ever since Craig Vetter first bolted one of his Windjammer fairings to a bike back in the early ’70s. Cruisers exude an aura of unhurried presence and competence, along with that coveted chugga-chugga sound, so they ...

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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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