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Logan
08-03-2005, 08:39 PM
...but this is a very beautiful motorcycle:
http://motorcyclecruiser.com/newsandupdates/star06-rdlnr-mid-oalf-xl.jpg


The 30's inspired Streamline styling is incredible.
Plus, the aluminum frame, lack of chrome, plus serious brakes & tires is quite enticing.

But, will it handle?

I'll be looking forward to seeing a review in a few months. :thumbsup:

midknyte
08-03-2005, 10:02 PM
That's beautiful. What is it?

Logan
08-03-2005, 10:19 PM
2006 Star Roadliner Midnight from Yamaha

http://www.yamaha-motor.com/star/products/modelhome/485/0/home.aspx

remy_marathe
08-03-2005, 10:40 PM
It'd be a shame to ugly it up with a windshield, but I'd have to do it. That sucks.

That thing is awesome looking!

Logan
08-03-2005, 11:04 PM
It'd be a shame to ugly it up with a windshield, but I'd have to do it. That sucks.

That thing is awesome looking!


Companion Stratoliner:

The add-ons really detract from the effect, but they are quickly removable.

http://www.yamaha-motor.com/assets/products/mcy/500/06_STRATO_raven_1_m.jpg

It looks so much better naked :cool:

http://www.motorcycledaily.com/061205top1.jpg Roadliner S

Bobthearch
08-03-2005, 11:58 PM
As soon as they're in the showrooms, I'm going to have a sit-and-look. I do wish they were slightly smaller though, like 1200 - 1300cc. I hope they have steel fenders like the rest of the Star bikes. Sure wish they were available in real colors though.


It'd be a shame to ugly it up with a windshield, but I'd have to do it.
I have no idea why you'd have to "ugly it up" with a windshield. I certainly wouldn't.

Best Wishes,
-Bob

asp125
08-04-2005, 02:19 AM
It's got a big nose. That freight train headlight's got to go. Otherwise it looks pretty art deco, especially that pewter Roadliner S.

MarcS
08-04-2005, 02:42 AM
I agree with asp. It looks too busy. It's the anti-chopper cruiser.

Jack_R1
08-04-2005, 05:34 AM
Tubeless rims, maybe even 17"? Cruisers are made to ride on normal rubber? Since when? :)

And the front brakes look old-R1-derived... It might even stop!

It still looks awfully long, and the pipe limits ground clearance, which looks quite good in pics, though.

Mer
08-04-2005, 08:14 AM
It's got a big nose. That freight train headlight's got to go. Otherwise it looks pretty art deco, especially that pewter Roadliner S.

Agreed. The front wheel seems too small IMO and doesn't really "match" the rest of the bike. Not my cup of tea.

TeknoGTI
08-04-2005, 09:22 AM
I like it and I think the headlight is what makes it for me. Front tire does seem small though. vrrroommmm vroommmm :chopper:

Greg
08-04-2005, 11:05 AM
I do like cruisers and this a nice example of one. Love it.

Shadow Shack
08-04-2005, 03:20 PM
It looks like they're going after what Indian was doing back in the day, but the problem is everything on the bike looks big except for the front wheel & fender. Very out of place.

prester_john
08-04-2005, 08:04 PM
Stylized front fenders are a halmark of the classic "American style" motorcycle.

Harley's used this (http://a1276.g.akamai.net/7/1276/734/fb9b41d1cd7c3d/resource.harley-davidson.com/PR/MOT/2006/images/gallery/g_toFLHRC_e_dom_c14_s01.jpg) fender since the '30s. Of course, Indian's classic fender was infamously copied (http://www.twheels.com/images/NewVehicles/NV13190_1.jpg) by Kawasaki.

This Yamaha front fender is a nice tip-of-the-hat to the tradition, but IMHO the simultainiously bolder and better ballanced Victory Kingpin (http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/interviews/photos/2004-VictoryKingpinA.jpg) version works better.

Tom

Shadow Shack
08-04-2005, 09:06 PM
Of course, Indian's classic fender was infamously copied (http://www.twheels.com/images/NewVehicles/NV13190_1.jpg) by Kawasaki.

Kawi had that fender on their 1500 models before CMC was rebadged with Indian logos. Copied only applies if the originator is still in business LOL

Bobthearch
08-19-2005, 08:34 PM
Quick question regarding the smaller front fenders and tires on the new Yamahas:

Won't having smaller front tires make the bike more manueverable, especially at low speeds?

-Bob

sanglant
08-19-2005, 08:45 PM
Quick question regarding the smaller front fenders and tires on the new Yamahas:

Won't having smaller front tires make the bike more manueverable, especially at low speeds?

-Bob


Yes. It will also let you run some decent tires (even better would a 17" front) like the Avon 45/46 series.

LordSmoke
08-19-2005, 09:25 PM
I'm not into cruisers, either, but this is one that has recently caught my eye. It actually has some unique style. I could see taking Mrs. Smoke out for a spin or overnight trip on it. And, my dad's a pretty dedicated Yamaha guy (1600 Roadstar), so that's about all I need in the way of product endorsement.

...and I would go with the full dresser.

Smitty
08-19-2005, 11:35 PM
Stripes along the petrol tank go back to the attempt of Triumph to become different only no one seemed to like it & while the cowling of the headlamp on Triumphs looked geat to new riders all cursed those as well for one drop, a slight bend in the handlebar & the cowling was always sprung & looked bad. Still it is a big cruiser & I am not & never have been a cruiser fan.

GAMBLER
08-20-2005, 03:42 PM
I like it,
but something with the rear of the front fender is off

Logan
09-27-2005, 11:27 PM
Here's a brief riding impression

http://www.amadirectlink.com/news/2005/06Roadliner/06Roadliner.asp

http://www.amadirectlink.com/news/2005/06Roadliner/Roadliner_580.jpg

MsPotatoPotatoHead
09-28-2005, 11:27 AM
It reminds me a lot of the Vulcan 2000.

El Guapo
09-28-2005, 12:05 PM
http://www.yamaha-motor.com/assets/products/mcy/500/06STAR-47-014re.jpg

Beautiful. I love the Art Deco inspired design, but I really love the version above, the regular Roadliner. The solo seat and different pipes gives it a nice, low slung look, very smooth, and absolutely gorgeous.

sanglant
09-28-2005, 03:41 PM
Here's a brief riding impression

http://www.amadirectlink.com/news/2005/06Roadliner/06Roadliner.asp



Here's another, and from someone that doesn't like every bike he sits on: http://motorcyclecruiser.com/roadtests/xv19001st/

Art Friedman is quite complimentary of the bike. I like several of the details on it, too. It's still heavy, but with the aluminum frame, they save about 25lbs (according the article) and they have an aluminum swingarm to go with it. Yamaha added their EXUP exhaust valve too, which has been in sportbikes for years now. That will boost the low and mid range power, and let the engineers use the whole exhaust to pump up the top end. The small airbox will choke the bike, but it's got too much stroke to turn the rpm's it needs for that to be much of an issue.

This Star line could be pretty interesting!

E-Man
09-28-2005, 06:58 PM
Beautiful. I love the Art Deco inspired design, but I really love the version above, the regular Roadliner. The solo seat and different pipes gives it a nice, low slung look, very smooth, and absolutely gorgeous.

I agree-nice looking ride!

prester_john
09-30-2005, 07:02 PM
I love the Art Deco inspired design...
Flash Gordon, call your office!

http://www.yamaha-motor.com/assets/products/mcy/500/Roadliner_Midnight3.jpg

:D
Tom

Bobthearch
10-06-2005, 09:29 PM
AHA! I know where I've seen those exact lines before, the chrome accents on the front of the bike. They're the exact same as the accents on one of the heat radiators in the house. Wierd.

And watching an old movie this week, I spotted those fenders and heatlamps. It was a 30s coupe automobile. I have no idea what kind (or the name of the film).

-Bob