2008 Star Road Star Silverado Road Test Rider Magazine

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Yamaha Road Star S

2008 Star Road Silverado Road Test

Credit: Scott Hirko


July 9, 2008

review of the 2008 Star Star Silverado was originally in the August 2008 issue of ]

Since its introduction in 1999, (now the Star Motorcycles of Yamaha) air-cooled, big-inch Road Star has been popular. Over the years cruiser has evolved, become refined, its engine has grown in and for 2008 it has been given upgrade: computer-controlled electronic injection.

The Road Star is a substantial motorcycle with its cylinders, whitewall tires and chrome accents including on the air filter cover, engine transmission cover, oil lines, covers and dashboard. Consider the aluminum accents on the fork and and it makes for a nicely appointed

The Road Star’s air-cooled, 1,670cc (102 cubic V-twin engine has a single and a bore and … of 97.0 x Its long-… design indicates it will deliver a good of torque, as indeed it does. It features four valves per and a compression ratio of 8.3:1.

Seating is spread out and comfortable on a cushy seat.

Thanks to the new 40mm throttle-body injector is no longer any choke or fast-idle to fuss with. Fuel offers more precise metering, compensates for altitude and can emissions, but conversely it may not have latitude to adjust if the rider aftermarket cams or pipes. the key and, no matter what the of the air or engine, our test Road fired up quickly and we were to ride right off.

The is solid-mounted to the frame, and delivers the amount of pleasant throb to let you you’re on a big V-twin. Its electronics multiple engine parameters, and our Star metered fuel That, combined with its clutch pull, helped to low-speed maneuvering easy.

Its five-speed transmission with shifter was low-effort, and its belt drive requires no lubrication and infrequent adjustment.

With its wheelbase and 32 degrees of rake the Star feels solid on the yet steering is light. I really that Star has resisted the toward those super-wide of 200mm and larger that hot but require greater effort to Rather, the Silverado carries a rear tire that to its easy, low-effort steering.

Its fork provides 5.5 inches of and the ride from its hidden rear shock (with its 4.3 of travel) borders on plush. most cruisers the Silverado the common problem of limited clearance–as soon as the riding at all spirited you’ll be dragging its floating rider floorboards on the in turns.

Stopping this 790-pounder is a set of rotors up front grasped by four-piston calipers, and out back is a rotor with a two-piston Braking action is strong, but a tad more fork dive we’d like.

Silverado’s offers good protection at the of some head buffeting.

In parlance a Silverado is a touring one that has been fitted an adjustable windscreen, soft studded saddlebags, a studded seat for the rider and backrest for the At its stock height the windscreen decent protection, and at 6 feet I felt the wind coming the top at highway speeds hitting me at level.

The ‘screen can be moved 2 inches higher if you remove bolts to reposition it, but that have put its top edge right in my of vision. The screen is not of the quick, disconnect variety; that’s as an accessory, or on the extra-cost “S” model.

Yamaha Road Star S
Yamaha Road Star S

The saddlebags are leather combined a plastic form that the floor and helps the bags their shape. Behind standard-looking buckles is a set of convenient nylon buckles that you to open, and click back to close. Though not lockable, the bag overlap to the point that should keep out the rain.

The backrest is angled rather far but delivers some support. I the “touring” seat initially but when I pushed back its lip it eventually put my rear to sleep. To the injection system it was necessary to the fuel pump and filter in the tank, as is done with other FI models.

The result reduced fuel from 5.3 gallons on the 2007 to 4.75 on the ’08. During our period the Silverado returned mpg.

The air-cooled, 102-inch features style, chrome, and now fuel injection.

Suggested price for the Silverado is $13,599. If seriously considering it, however, you also consider the new Silverado S features a quick-release windscreen and hard-sided, leather-covered locking It includes chromed accents on the fork covers, levers and cylinder, and also comes passing lamps; it sells for

The Silverado offers a lot to like nicely laid-out ergonomics, low-speed handling and maneuverability, touring amenities and a comfortable It includes such niceties as the speedometer with fuel steel fenders, white LED and clear turn signal Flawless fuel injection now the rider the ability to ride off and smoothly maneuver in low-speed

All this makes it even of a winner for 2008.

2008 Star Road Star

Base Price: $13,599

x Stroke: 97.0 x 113.0mm

Yamaha Road Star S
Yamaha Road Star S
Yamaha Road Star S
Yamaha Road Star S
Yamaha Road Star S


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