Best Cruiser: Yamaha Star Roadliner

Ten Best Motorcycles of 2006.

Best Cruiser: Yamaha Star Roadliner - Ten Best Bikes 2006

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Every manufacturer hopes to hit a home run with a new model, but with the Star Roadliner, Yamaha has belted a game-winning grand slam. Beneath this bike's wall-to-wall art-deco styling is a big-inch cruiser that performs better than its competition in virtually every way. Its 1854cc, counter­balanced, 48-degree engine is a torque-rich powerhouse that belts out the soulful sound and visceral feel that can only emanate from a narrow-angle V-Twin. It's a big motorcycle, but thanks to its stiff aluminum chassis, low cg, high-quality suspension and intelligent mass centralization, the 'Liner feels and handles much smaller. It has excellent cornering manners, superb straight-line stability, easy maneuverability and a truly pleasant ride. Touch 'em all!