2006 Yamaha Road Star Midnight Warrior Road Test Rider Magazine

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Yamaha Road Star Midnight Warrior

2006 Yamaha Road Midnight Warrior Road

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Bill Stermer

January 5,

We hear it more all the time. been riding sportbikes for and now that I’m getting older I to slow down a bit. I’d to just cruise, but on the other I’m not sure a cruiser would me if it had too many performance limitations. would you recommend?”

Well, we do a recommendation. For the last several some of the major manufacturers been offering what come to be called “power They’re variations on cruisers, with V-twin engines and styling, but with a higher of power and performance, better and suspension, and often with cornering clearance for those who to scrape pegs and still like to scrape a little In other words, they’re functional versions of cruisers, that start out where cruiser owners end up after months and thousands of additional working on their bikes.

One of the impressive machines in this new Yamaha’s Road Star . which first appeared in It’s based upon the Road Star, but has many function-oriented features. The Road was introduced for 1999 as a mellow with an air-cooled, 48-degree, V-twin engine having a and … of 95.0 x 113.0mm.

We tested it at 53.3 horsepower at rpm, and an impressive 84.5 of torque at 2,300 rpm.

the higher-performance Warrior version of the Star was introduced three later, it had been bored to but carried the same …, resulted in a 1,670cc displacement, or 102 inches. The bike we test is the Midnight Warrior, the all-black which gets several updates for 2006. For starters (or “stoppers”), it’s equipped new radial-mounted front brake that provide more braking.

And with many aftermarket now offering matching wheels and pulleys, Yamaha has pre-empted by now supplying the Warrior with “supersport-inspired” five-spoke cast and pulleys instead of its old three-spoke

The Warrior offers enough and cornering clearance for serious fun.

Finally, the Warrior new braided-steel clutch and throttle in clear sleeves. What? it usually brake lines get braided-steel housings so they swell under hard We see no functional advantage to braided-steel covers, and would expect a bike with the Warrior’s tag would at least have a actuated clutch.

Otherwise, the is largely unchanged from Road Star Warriors.

few styling changes aside, very little that’s about this bike. The Warrior looks low, and mean. From its clear-lens with faceted reflector to its LED taillight, it looks like going to take your money and kick your behind.

It’s drenched in paint, with a black air cleaner housing and black covers, all of which add to its sinister, look.

As is proper for a performance the LCD tachometer sits at the top of the instrument while the analog speedometer is in a separate pod below the handlebar What’s cool about the is not just that its LCD indicators out from the scale, but that begin to flash when the nears redline.

Despite its mean, high-tech the bike has a low-tech, air-cooled with pushrod valve This is not to denigrate the engine, as it works very well. onto the wide, firm placed 28.1 inches off the and grasp the chromed handlebar.

are no tricks here besides big four-valve heads and lots of inches.

The key is located up between the and speedo; turn it on and the rider a subtle buzz as the twin electronic fuel injectors themselves. Hit the starter and there’s a followed by a low rumble when the light off. Thanks to the no choke or fast-idle control is and the bike can be ridden off immediately, hot or without a warmup.

Clutch is moderate as you chunk this into first gear, and is prodigious as you feed out the lever and it you away. Holy mother of what’s going on here? big-inch engine may have a middlin’ 8.3:1 compression but with its long …, and valves with two spark per cylinder, it makes good use of its and other performance features.

Old A horse goes into a and the barkeeper says, “Why the face?”

The reply, of course, is I’m a horse, you …!”

Variation on an Old A guy rides up to restaurant, parks his and a fellow rider asks, the big can?”

The reply, of course, is, it’s a Yamaha Road Warrior, you …!”

You can tell a performance bike when the is mounted low and the tachometer is closer to eye

The single most attention-getting on this bike is an exhaust the size of a rocket launcher. Why the big According to a Yamaha spokesman, the stainless headers and aluminum can are designed to be the best compromise to sufficient volume for the desired and sound, within the parameters of the law allows.

It pumps out a nice sound from those pistons whomping up and down twin 835cc cylinders, we expect most riders can the can for an aftermarket system promising robust sound and power. that the Warrior’s cylinders 30 percent more fin area the Road Star’s for enhanced

Follow the tach and power to appear in usable amounts by 1,800 rpm, and suddenly an of torque sweeps up like a on a tsunami. Engine performance is since we last dyno this bike in 2002; goes from squat at rpm to about 90 lb-ft by 1,800 and stays above 90 till it to fall off at around 4,500

With so much torque you’ll spend the majority of riding time aboard the with the tach reading about 2,000 and 3,000 That’s good, as beyond grand the solid-mounted engine to throb in the seat, subtly at then it becomes noticeable and by 4,000 rpm. By the 5,000-rpm it has kicked into full mode, and you won’t want to go

Yamaha Road Star Midnight Warrior

Don’t get too worried about the intruding on your cruising however, as 3,000 rpm in fifth corresponds to more than 80 Also, our 2002 test did not exhibit such extreme so this may be an anomaly to our particular test bike.

The feet-forward seating position the rider that the Warrior is, all, a cruiser.

While is a major consideration on a cruiser, not forget horsepower. The Warrior is cranking out 50 horsepower by 2,800 and peaks at 74.5 horsepower at rpm. Peak torque, lb-ft, occurs at about rpm. Both figures are improvements over the Road numbers, and both occur in the rev range than the Road figures.

Eventually, Yamaha the Road Star with the cylinders and now today both displace 1,670cc, but the Warrior makes considerably greater because of its hotter cams, and a higher redline. It will be to see if the new 1,854cc engine introduced on the Roadliner and Stratoliner will a part of the next generation of Stars and Warriors.

While the Star has a standard mild-steel with a rectangular-section backbone and downtubes, the Warrior offers an double-cradle frame that is 40 lighter than the Road yet it’s 41 percent more The swingarm is likewise 42 percent yet stronger. The aluminum frame has given a relatively steep a cruiser) rake of 29 degrees, 5.1 inches of trail; contrast figures with the Road 32 degrees and 5.6 inches of trail.

combined with a relatively 65.6-inch wheelbase and those radial tires, give the a combination of stability with quick steering.

Getting baby up to a full, fun snort not require wringing its neck as the torque whisks the rider and allows for short shifting-besides, it so much in the seat beyond rpm that going up in the rev range is an unnecessary and uncomfortable experience. the five-speed transmission is slick and easy without the slow often associated with transmissions. The power is sent by a narrow-design belt drive necessary to accommodate that 200-series rear tire.

New radial-mount brakes provide solid, powerful braking.

The sits fairly upright and forward, with the feet fairly well forward, a that feels like bent in half and sitting “on” the bike than it. Still, it’s much comfortable than it sounds. The while fairly firm, was for one 200-mile day I did on the bike.

What’s going to plaster a smile the face of former sportbike who wish to slow down not too much) is how well the Warrior comes together on a winding That full, seamless, ocean of torque kicks in at a 1,800 rpm and always seems to be Shifting is easy. With the four-piston calipers now radially the front brakes are powerful and yet do not require inordinate lever

The rear brake, with its caliper, is likewise strong and the 200-series rear tire so much grip that is not a problem.

While fork is not excessive in its male-slider fork, if the feels a bit nose-heavy for your or grinds too soon in turns, crank in additional preload in the springs. We originally found our bike’s rear suspension a bit which is common in cruisers. this is a power cruiser the is more adjustable than and turning the wheel adjuster at the of the single shock allowed us to in sufficient rebound damping to its rear under control.

The Warrior is a big, long, (at 656 pounds wet) motorcycle, you won’t mistake for a light, sportbike. Rather, its sporting demands higher effort, a on that wide bar combined a swing of the hips to plant the in a turn. Get this puppy and soon, depending upon position on the bike, either heels or the peg feelers will to drag.

While that much sooner than it for a sportbike, well, you said you to slow down.

Yamaha’s Star Midnight Warrior is a bird, a compromise that It’s torquey and cool to satisfy the V-twin style in your cruiser rider while also being and well controlled enough sufficient cornering clearance) to your sporting self’s for an adrenaline rush. Just you’re slowing down mean you’re not having

[This 2006 Yamaha Star Midnight Warrior Test was originally published in the May issue of Rider magazine]

Yamaha Road Star Midnight Warrior
Yamaha Road Star Midnight Warrior
Yamaha Road Star Midnight Warrior
Yamaha Road Star Midnight Warrior
Yamaha Road Star Midnight Warrior


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