Star saw the immense potential of the custom cruiser market not long ago and they are already benefiting from the amazing success of their Raider models among those in search of bold looks and performance to match. The 2010 model years follow a natural evolution with few color scheme changes, while the engine remains the same 113-cubic-inch fuel-injected V-twin.
Why change it if it ain’t wrong? We couldn’t agree more!
As most other Star motorcycles, the Raider is available either as a simple model or a special one that adds an “S” to the name. The bikes are literally the same, but the different paintjob styles and chrome accents that are present on one particular model make the difference and offer variety for the most demanding of you out there.
Star makes no concessions and has the Raiders powered by their biggest, gruntier and most powerful V-twin engine, the 113-cubic-inch, air-cooled, pushrod, 48-degree V-twin that has been retuned to deliver the best of it in between 2,500 – 4,500 rpm, making the unique Japanese model appropriate both for relaxed cruising and short 0 to 60 rounds.
There’s a light aluminum cast frame that allows for the 27. 4 inches low seat height, but also ensures agile handling for a custom motorcycle thanks to a 6-degree yoke angle. The rider won’t be suffering as the riding position isn’t at all demanding and the pullback riders and close by pegs have much to do with that.
Both Raider models roll on a pair of custom wheels backed up by 5.1 inches of travel up front and 3.5 inches of travel at the rear. Unlike most custom-made motorcycles, these Star production bikes are built to handle and offer as much comfort as possible while giving the impression of being one of a kind. And among the Japanese crowd they really are precisely that, so the best place to head towards in order to find a proper competitor for it is the United States.
The American motorcycle builder offers the Rocker C, a unique custom-style machine as part of their Softail family. Just like the Raiders, the HD Rocker C carries on as 2010 model year with little changes.
The Harley-Davidson Rocker C is powered by the marvelous, but fairly smaller 96-cubic-inch, air-cooled, Twin Cam V-twin engine that is fed through an electronic sequential port fuel injection system. The smaller displacement size is compensated by the presence of a sixth gear and considering the 716.92 lbs wet weight, the Rocker C can easily go as fast as the Raiders. It is all about how they tune their engines and Harley’s delivers the best of torque – 92.20 ft. lbs. @ 3,000 rpm.
Similar in performance and style, both the American and Japanese models target the same public, so the price can easily make the difference. Apparently, not in favor of the Harley-Davidson as their Rocker C starts at $19,499.
These Japanese bikes may not sound like their overseas competitors, but do look good, something that riders are convinced of by the multitude of turning heads they see every time they ride. Custom motorcycles were initially inspired by choppers and these last, at their origin, were all about stripping as many components off the bike while keeping it running regardless of the safety factor. Meanwhile, things evolved and these production bikes are not only as safe as a two-wheeled vehicle can be, but do retain something from that rebel attitude.
That unique custom look is achieved by the 6-degree yoke angle, while the low seat height further enhances it. Featuring smooth flowing custom lines, both the Raider and the Raider S have chopped but nicely-contoured fenders and the 4.2 gallons gas tank fits perfectly the harmonious look and features the instruments together with the additional chromed housing. It’s even hard for me to believe that there’s a passenger seat on these things, but even harder is to accept that it actually looks good and it is nice and spacious too.
Even better looking is the 113-cubic-inch V-twin engine with both matte black and chrome accents as well as the custom pair of five-spoke wheels, 21-inch front and 18-inch rear.
The 2010 Star Raider S could have easily been called Midnight if Raven would have been the only color available, but the Deep Blue does stand as the alternative for those who prefer something in between a Midnight and the standard model. The S model also stands out thanks to the many chromed elements (chrome triple clamps, fork sliders, air box cover, engine covers, headlight housing, handlebar risers etc.)
The 2010 Star Raider is fairly simpler, so Candy Red and Liquid Silver are the colors available for it in 2010.
The price also indicates which the base model is –in this case the Raider– but the different color schemes available make a difference too. So while the refreshed Raider starts at $14,190 regardless of color, the Raider S has an MSRP of $14,790 (Raven) or $14,990 (Deep Blue).
Custom bikes are anything but unusual among Japanese cruiser lineups, but those are the models to which manufacturers add a different pair of fenders and call them retro as well as a pair of saddlebags, a passenger backrest and a windscreen and call them touring. This is not the case of the 2010 Star Raider and Raider S. These are two radical and new performance cruisers that not only satisfy the market’s request, but also determine the rest of the crowd to sit behind and just watch.
Engine and Transmission
Type: 113-cubic-inch (1854cc) air-cooled V-twin OHV, 4 valves/cylinder
Bore x Stroke: 100.0 x 118.0mm
Compression Ratio: 9.48:1
Fuel Delivery: Twin-Bore electronic fuel injection; throttle position sensor
Ignition: TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission: 5-speed,multiplate wet clutch
Final Drive: Belt
Chassis and Dimensions
Frame: Double cradle
Suspension/Front: Telescopic fork; 5.1-in travel
Suspension/Rear: Swingarm; 3.5-in travel
Brakes/Front: Dual hydraulic disc, 298mm
Brakes/Rear: Hydraulic disc, 310mm
Wheels: 5-spoke cast
Length: 101.2 in
Width: 36.4 in
Height: 45.9 in
Seat Height: 27.4 in
Wheelbase: 70.9 in
Fuel Capacity: 4.1 gal
Fuel Economy: 42 mpg
Wet Weight: 692 lb / 730 lb - Raider S
Warranty: 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)
Features & Benefits