Southern California has its problems, but lack of good places to go for a ride isn’t one of them, even in February. We shoved off from CW HQ in Irvine under warm, partly cloudy skies and rode a couple of hours southeast to Lake Henshaw, elevation 2656 feet, where the temperature was in the 40s [...]Read Full Post | Comments(3)
Mid-Size Baggers Comparison Test Honda Interstate vs. Star V Star 1300 Tourer vs. Suzuki Boulevard C90T B.O.S.S.
Photographer : Jeff Allen
Photographer : Riles & Nelson
If bikes were dance partners, I’d want the Star Bolt to be mine. This, I’m thinking as I twirl and dip the new bobber around the cultural patchwork that makes up urban San Diego. The Bolt is the best kind of partner. You lead, it follows. Effortless. So light and so nimble you feel [...]Read Full Post | Comments(12)
2014 Star/Yamaha Bolt and Bolt R-Spec – First Look New Star cruiser delivers hip, stylish attitude at an affordable price.
Just as we were beginning to wonder if the tuning fork company would ever awake from its recession-induced slumber, Yamaha is proving there’s still lots of fight left in its blue bones. The new Star V Star 1300 Deluxe and Yamaha FJR1300A, both of which performed well in recent tests, are excellent proof. And now [...]Read Full Post | Comments(49)
Photographer : Brian J. Nelson
It’s a good thing the V Star 1300 Deluxe is such a civilized machine. If not, the swanky folks in Santa Barbara might not have been as charmed watching a dozen throttled through their storybook city. But as Yamaha would have it, this pack of quietly badass V Stars brought only waves and smiles. They [...]Read Full Post | Comments(6)
Years sold: 1999-present (except 2010) MSRP new: $15,999 (1999) to $20,190 (2013) Blue Book retail value: $5150 (1999) to $16,965 (2012) Basic specs: A full-dress touring cruiser powered by a more mildly tuned, 1294cc version of the 1198cc V-Four engine used in the original V-Max power cruiser. Over-the-road equipment includes a wide, handlebar-mount fairing with [...]Read Full Post | Comments(3)
Yamaha Motorcycles Press Release: Thousands of hours. Hundreds of mods. Six machines. The elite winners of this year’s Star Calendar competition are more than just riders—they’re craftsmen. Craftsmen who’ve dedicated sleepless nights and sweat-drenched days in the pursuit of one thing: perfection. It is raw passion and pure imagination that you can see in each [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Welcome to the Great Middleweight Class The bourgeoisie may be shrinking, but middleweights just keep expanding.
Photographer : Jeff Allen
In boxing, a middleweight is a tough guy who weighs less than 160 pounds, which is realistically interpreted to be between 154 and 160. In motorcycles, where displacement creep has been a fact of life for quite a few decades now, we must define middleweight in a much less precise way. In the 1960s, a [...]Read Full Post | Comments(6)
Photographer : Fran Kuhn
After shooting a few cool details of the Sportster 1200 that appears on page 50, photographer Fran turned the camera on the Stryker. We looked all over for cool details—really, we did—but it was tough to find any. There are a few uncool details, like the gothic STRYKER on the speedo face, the chromed plastic [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
It’s safe to say that the Yamaha press conference held in Atlanta earlier this month was, well, unusual. The purpose of the meeting was never made entirely clear, and a presentation by company spokesmen simply restated the rationale that prompted Yamaha to establish the Star line as a separate cruiser-only brand back in 2005. The [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
VMaxes Over Italy! THREE TERRORS: Yamaha Europe commissions three custom VMaxes from the world’s best builders.
Hmmm, what to do with all these pesky VMaxes, Yamaha Europe asked itself in the weeks leading up to last November’s EICMA? Hey, why not give one to Ludovic Lazareth in France, another one to Marcus Walz aus Deutschland and yet another to Roland Sands in California? It’s not really a competition—or is it? A [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)