2012 Star Motorcycles – First Look Review

2012 Star Raider SCL
2012 Star Raider SCL is the first model in the Star Custom Line.

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. It also gets a numbered, limited edition tank badge and two-tone distressed leather seat with color matched stitching. Production will be limited to 500 units, priced at $19,990.

2012 Star Raider SCL
Limited-edition Raider SCL gets custom styling and a high-end paint job.

Styling for the Roadliner/Stratoliner family has been toned down a bit, with a new tank emblem replacing the trio of chrome accents and the front fender stay removed. The Roadliner S comes in Seashell ($15,390) and the Stratoliner S, with a windscreen, leather-covered locking saddlebags and passenger backrest, comes in Intense Black ($16,590). The Stratoliner Deluxe gets a new hand control for the iPod interface, chrome trim for the fairing mounted speakers, a closeable lid for the iPod/storage compartment and a Garmin zumo 665 GPS, and comes in Liquid Silver ($17,990).

2012 Star Stratoliner Deluxe
Restyled Stratoliner Deluxe includes a Garmin zumo 665 GPS.

The Royal Star Venture S gets iPod integration and a free iPod, and comes in Intense Black ($20,190). The Vmax, with new gray seat cover stitching and new side covers that match the polished metal look of the intake covers, looks menacing in Matte Black ($19,890). And the V Star 250 gets new handlebars and will be offered in Raven only ($4,190).

The rest of the Star lineup returns unchanged except for colors and prices: Raider in Liquid Silver ($14,590); Raider S in Raven ($15,190) or Nebulous Purple ($15,390); Road Star S in Raven ($13,490); Road Star Silverado S in Lunar Pearl White ($15,590); Stryker in Raven ($11,090), Candy Red ($11,340) and Reddish Copper ($11,340); V Star 1300 in Candy Red ($10,990); V Star 1300 Tourer in Granite Grey ($12,090); V Star 950 in Liquid Silver or Candy Red ( $8,490); and V Star 950 Tourer in Raven or Impact Blue ($9,490).

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Star’s 2012 lineup will be available on a rolling basis from September through February. For more information, see your dealer or www.starmotorcycles.com.

2 COMMENTS

  1. This new Raider may appeal to the riders who just climbed off their “muscle” bikes for their first cruiser. The styling is so over-indulgent and tasteless that it practically screams “More chrome, more angles, more chrome, more doo-dads, MORE CHROME!!!” GEEZE! Everything looks like it was applied with a shovel!

    Yamaha, this is disgusting and you should be embarrassed.

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