Gear changes were predictable With 677 pounds of motorcycle underneath you, you might expect the Road Star to be clumsy in the handling department. This final shaft not only puts the belt on the left side, it also moves its drive pulley rearward near the swingarm pivot. The compliant suspension, combined with good roll-on power in top gear not surprising, given the massive torque generated by this motor made my freeway time fun and comfortable. The big triangular airbox really is an airbox, and the entire airbox is there. For instance, the instrument panel, encased in a retro-style housing, includes twin trip meters, clock, fuel meter, low fuel light, high beam, turn and neutral indicators. Yamaha also offers more than 160 attractive Star Line accessories, including leather saddlebags, seats, billet chrome add-ons and several Road Star-spec windshield sizes specially designed to fit the Road Star.
The Road Star Silverado's seat is firm and supportive. Ask questions Join the group or the general group. The reach to the bars and the forward mounted floor boards, with heel and toe shifter, all seem in the right place. Gear changes were predictable no missed shifts. And because it is cable-operated, you can adjust it to fit your hand. The rear brake offers the best pedal location of any of Yamaha's floorboard-equipped cruisers to date. From the huge engine to the rear view mirrors, from the spoked front wheel with twin disc brakes to the tail light and turn signal treatment, Yamaha sweat every last detail of this design.
The dual-rotor front brake serves up plenty of power, but a solid squeeze is needed to get it all. The wind's blast wasn't broken by the headlight as much as some other bikes, but it wasn't oppressive either. It also offers tremendous value compared to the pricey American competition. Dual 298 mm discs provide braking up front and in the rear there's a single 320 mm disc. The bike's suspension is comprised of twin, Swingarm shocks. Bikes with heavy flywheels tend to lurch away from a stop unless they have controllable, progressive clutches. The paint quality, fit and finish, and features of the Road Star are all top notch.
From the huge engine to the rear view mirrors, from the spoked front wheel with twin disc brakes to the tail light and turn signal treatment, Yamaha sweat every last detail of this design. It has been produced from 1999 through current model Year 2012. This is where oil is added and its level is checked. With a five-speed transmission transferring power from the huge pushrod motor to the rear wheel via belt drive, the Road Star has all of the features you would expect in a classically designed cruiser. The dual disc brakes up front are appreciated many big-bore cruisers feature a single disc.
The massive flywheel effectively smoothes out the power pulses, and though it gets slightly jerky when you open the throttle at that speed, it accelerates willingly, smoothing out completely in just a few hundred rpm. The latter school was more comfortable with the dual-disc front brake on the Road Star. The Road Star also has the lowest engine height of any large V-twin cruiser, further enhancing its long, low style and riding attitude. Changes for the 2000 model include laced wheels, white-wall tires, leather saddlebags with hard inserts and new narrower handlebars. There were certain variations to the Road Star considering different trim and equipment packages. It also left behind Yamaha's own Royal Star. Before you buy this bike, you should view the list of Compare technical specs.
Classic looks and feel notwithstanding, the Road Star is nonetheless a modern-day, high-tech machine. But this engine is much smoother than any 45-degree Harley twin, so you can't argue with the design decisions. Yamaha feels confident enough with the deep head fins and ceramic-lined cylinder that the bike has no oil cooler cluttering up the engine bay. Both pushrods for each cylinder live inside the single tube. Belt final-drive gets people talking too. In fact, the bike is in control and has some available lean-angle in reserve before anything solid touches down.
About the only unconventional piece is the dipstick tube, which projects up from the sump above the transmission's output shaft. Termed a semi-dry sump design, the lubrication system carries the majority of its oil in the crankcase, but there is an additional sump occupying the case above the final output shaft. The other prefers brakes that take fairly heavy pressure before they lock up. After sitting through many presentations for new models, you get a feel for what a difficult conceptual leap the classic American cruiser engine must be for Japanese engineers. It's hard to know where to start with Yamaha's new Road Star. Take a look at for further details.
It says it has 160 accessory items already available, including chrome, saddles, saddlebags and windshields. The Road Star comes with a one-year unlimited mileage warranty. Extended freeway rides were completed without significant back or butt ache. Specifications: Model Road Star Silverado M. How did Yamaha arrive at such a low-tech system of valve actuation? The technology Yamaha used for the instruments makes the entire gauge and light-cluster less than a half-inch-deep, reducing the amount of fuel space needed to accommodate it. Handling is stable, neutral and confidence-inspiring, thanks to a rigid, double cradle frame, beefy, brushed-steel fork and quality Bilstein shock, while powerful, triple disc brakes bring speeds down in a controlled and easy manner.
Power leaves the left end of the crankshaft through a geared primary and wet clutch. Surrounded by lustrous onyx lacquer, this bike makes a statement wherever it goes. In faster corners, the rear end pumps a bit if you make steering inputs midcorner, or hit a bump -- especially with a passenger. Shifts are smooth, positive, light and quiet. And the first-to-second gear change presents the largest ratio gap in the wide-ratio five-speed. Yamaha discontinued the Road Star 1600 after the 2003 model year, increasing the engine size on the Road Star for the 2004 model year to 1670 cc and renaming it the Road Star 1700. There are no extra covers to accentuate the size of part of the engine.