Road Star vs. Fat Boy Comparo —

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Yamaha Road Star

Japan vs. America

Los Angeles, May 17, — For many years, if you to ride a big-bore, nasty-boy to play the part of neighborhood you had only one choice: Harley-Davidson. But now a of Japanese manufacturers have to the plate and are firing right and at Milwaukee, trying to knock the Company off the pedestal it has grown so resting upon.

One of the most bikes to come out of Milwaukee in time, the Fat Boy, was immortalized in Cameron’s film, Terminator II, the muscle-bound hind-quarters of Aah-nold. The of this large displacement cruiser on the silver screen terror in old ladies and made the generation weak in the knees as it heads and ruled the hangouts on the roads and boulevards of America.

The and most serious threats to the Fat boulevard-king status come Kawasaki’s 1500 Vulcan FI(which we sampled earlier year in Daytona), and Yamaha’s Star. We had a chance to swing a leg the new Road Star at the Star Intro in San Diego, California a few ago and came away impressed what lead engineer, Macky Makino and his crew of came up with. We knew these big bruisers from would be serious competition for and had to see how they stacked up.

This FLSTF Fat Boy is classic Harley the ground up. Its minimalist boulevard looks and ergos sit you upright so you can the bike as easily as you can swivel to scope out the passing hotties.


A new Twin Cam 88B engine spices up an well thought-out package with more power and counterbalancers to smooth out the vibes, more hours on the road numb-… sets in and forces you the closest watering hole.

new Road Star is based on the more touring-oriented Silverado in this stripped-down form, to be aimed directly at the Harley Fat From the 98 cubic inch cubic centimeters) displacement largest in the industry) down to the and styling cues, it seems what bike Yamaha’s were trained on. Riding the back-to-back, you notice the first contrast; the Yamaha’s motor vibrates (pulses, as Yamaha to say) more than the

While Harley has been for years to smooth out the vibes on motors, Yamaha has engineered pulse into their so they don’t feel so and the bike has the sort of character is uncommon for a Japanese cruiser.

At low the Yamaha’s motor throbs with a muted puff, sound emanating from the beneath you. But as the revs the motor’s pulses smooth as the pulls into a rev-limiter seems at least 1,000 rpm too By contrast, the Harley feels like a Kawasaki W650 beneath you at idle. It’s smooth with only a of the shake that has caused so nuts and bolts to come in days gone by.

Then as you pull away the stop and keep twisting the you notice that the Harley to vibrate more at high than the Yamaha.

Whether or not is due to the Harleys smaller displacement or rpm higher rev ceiling, we can’t say for It’s probably due to both, but you the difference either way. The 88B engine makes its 61.6 hp at rpm and 77.0 ft/lbs at 3,300 rpm via x 4.00 inch bore and figures for a total displacement of 88 inches (1450 cubic

The compression ratio is 8.9:1 and the are fed through a good ol’ carburetor. Burned gasses out of over/under shotgun-style dual that do a decent job of keeping potatoes (say aloud, potato, potato) down to levels. Bone stock, the sounds better due to both the as well as the symphony of mechanical emanating from the shiny cases that Japan’s just cannot compete on a visceral level.

The Road 48-degree OHV v-twin is air-cooled and pushrods just like finest, but employs four per cylinder (as opposed to Harleys use of two per cylinder). The Japanese mill slightly less horsepower at hp at 3,800 rpm through a 113mm x bore and …, but it trades poke for a whopping 86.8 down at 2,700 rpm. In the game, torque is where at, and the Road Star has the upper here.

The Yamaha’s motor does all via a similar 8.3:1 compression and is fed by a 40mm carburetor that its power out via a five-speed transmission. final drive is also by Yamaha as are the gargantuan looking forks and the dual over-under that follow all the Fat-Boy cues.

The claimed dry weight for the Fat Boy is lbs and that heft is spread out its 94.3-inch stem-to-stern length. The sports rake and trail of 32 degrees and 5.8 inches, bringing the up to 64.5 inches. The seat on this bike checks in at a 25.5 inches just aft of the fuel tank and provides a berth to perch upon relatively flat and allows fore/aft movement than the Yamaha’s saddle.

Comparatively, the Star tips the scales at a dry weight of 677 lbs which puts it on the porky side of the Hog. the Yamaha you get a 5.3 gallon tank, but the displacement negates any sort of advantage the increased fuel should give the Yamaha.

The wheelbase on the Road Star is a 66.3 inches, but the seat is a bit taller at 27.9 inches. just like on the Fat Boy which is a (which means the rear is hidden), the Yamaha hides its shock as well.

Coincidence? We not. If imitation is the sincerest of flattery.

The Fat Boy’s front and wheels are solid disks contribute to the overall perception of which, on this bike, is a thing. Bolted to the front is a single 292mm disk is part of the new-for-2000 brake that includes a new four-piston with a new brake pad material and a fixed-rotor design that requires no periodic maintenance. The uses dual 298 mm front and a single 320mm rear

The rims aren’t the solid found on the Harley but are more spoke rims that people preferred over the Fat items — especially in side-winds.

The brakes were the area where we encountered contrary to our expectations. Harley have always been on the side of things but, to our Yamaha test unit, the Fat brakes were deemed impressive. The Yamaha’s rear worked just fine, but the lever required a firm tug and to be pulled almost into the before any significant sort of power was transferred to the front

Bleeding the brakes a few times them up to par with the Harley’s but we expect better things Yamaha — especially compared to a single disk-equipped

As far as little things go, the Fat Boy also equipped with a new, sealed battery. Harley that the new battery has a significantly life and makes starting than the old one, especially in weather climates. Also are sealed wheel bearings extend the service interval to miles which may be cause for Harley’s chest to swell, but we many Fat Boys will see the side of 50,000, let alone miles.

We’d prefer warranty for one year with mileage.

So what’s our choice for the of these two cruisers in stock Well that all depends on money we’re spending.

If we had to our own cash, for $10,699 we’ll the Yamaha, thank you. a torque monster that for a great all-day cruiser as as a bit of a hooligan bike with the lose nut sitting in the saddle.

If we concerned about being for a few years, we’d opt for the Harley. At a retail price of $15,280 for the Fat Boy (for two-tone paint add an $585, please), the price is a bit But there is still a feeling you get sitting atop the Harley no other manufacturer has been to duplicate yet.

If that’s worth the extra it will cost to park a at your local hangout of the Yamaha, then go ahead and it if you got it, we say.

But if we had to spend our own cash, for we’ll take the Yamaha, you. It’s a torque that makes for a great cruiser as well as a bit of a hooligan with the appropriate lose nut in the saddle. And for all the money we’d compared to the Harley, just of what that $4,581 buy us out of Yamaha’s accessories catalog.

sounds like an idea for a story right there, it? Stay tuned.

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