Star builds the Road Star S and Road Star following the classic recipe, but adds a high-tech fuel injection system as well as a range of distinctive features that have become this maker’s emblems by now. Features such as the belt final drive, 9-spoke cast wheels as well as the amazing fit and finish are setting Star apart from the rest of the Japanese crowd and closer and closer to Harley-Davidson built quality.
The two classic Road Star models address to mature and experienced riders who demand the most from a cruising-type motorcycle and also prefer the possibility of accessorizing their standard bikes instead of going for those touring Silverado ones that Star also offers.
2010 Star Road Star S
Classic cruisers originated in the Unites States of America and use to represent finesse, beauty and bling, if you will, due to the multitude of chromed elements that they used to feature. Japanese manufacturers also jumped in this train when the market started to become more and more demanding and it’s no secret now that they’ve become quite good at building stylish cruising motorcycles.
The 2010 Road Star S is without doubt one of the best representatives of the industry for offering great all-around thrill at an affordable starting price. For a little over $13K (or just over $12K in the case of the 2009 Road Star, which is still available) you get an impeccably looking cruiser, with its most important feature being certainly the engine. A 102-cubic-inch, air-cooled, 48-degree V-twin; pushrod OHV, four valves per cylinder engine looks great, but the performance capabilities of this powerplant are even greater. With a computer-controlled fuel injection system delivering loads of torque just above idle and working perfectly in all conditions, the engine on these Stars isn’t just great performing, but very reliable as well.
There’s a five-speed wide-ratio transmission actuated by a heel/toe shifter, so that’s a nice feature to have too. Also, the floorboards are very spacious and grippy.
This looks like and actually is a serious piece of machinery, so the frame is made out of steel and the engine is solidly mounted on it. Despite that, previous model years presented no excessive vibrations, keeping owners happy and proud of their two-wheeled machines. With plush suspension featuring 5.5 inches of travel up front and 4.3 inches of travel at the rear, the Road Star, no matter model, is a top notch overall product always ready to face it’s contenders.
Just how Yamaha gathered their cruising motorcycles under the name star, Suzuki brands them as Boulevard and among those models it is very easy to distinguish an appropriate alternative for any specific Star model. The 2009 Suzuki Boulevard C109R is priced at $14,799 and offers plenty for that money. To begin with, a massive fuel-injected 108.8-cubic-inch, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 54-degree V-twin engine, also a steel frame and shaft drive instead of belt. This bike is mostly bought by those who want to ride the biggest motor out there, but there’s always the Vulcan 2000 Classic and I bet there will be more in the future.
2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic
So we’re better off looking for a closely sized engine and make a proper comparison. The alternative is spotted in Kawasaki’s 2010 Vulcan 1700 Classic, a cruiser which’s 103.7-cubic-inch, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four valves per cylinder V-twin develops 108-lb-ft at 2,250 rpm. Final drive is this time belt, while the best of this Vulcan is the six-speed transmission with overdrive. Design is also splendid and the retail price affordable (only $12,999 for a 2010 model year).
2007 Honda VTX1800N
The 2008 Honda VTX1800 is also well worth mentioning as an in-between alternative. Price is $13,699 while the fuel-injected 109.53-cubic-inch V-twin is sure to touch some gentile chords in a rider’s heart.
2010 Star Road Star S
Everything about classic cruisers is related to looks and that very important good first impression, so the 2010 Star Road Star S had to offer that. The bike is extremely well put together and it all culminates with the massive V-twin motor and that two-into-two exhaust. The combination of Raven and chrome is definitely eye-catching and those beefy tires covering the cast 16-inch wheels with nine spokes each immediately stand out.
Cruisers are all about piece (not quiet as the exhaust is pure symphony) and the rider-machine communion is simple and natural. There’s a foamy seat and pullback handlebars, so there are five-star accommodations both for rider and passenger as the pillion seat is pretty comfy too.
The headlight isn’t monstrously big, but definitely not of regular dimensions, while the sinuous lines of the front fender carry on all the way to the gas tank (also featuring complete instrumentation), seats and to that rear fender and stylish LED taillight. On the lest side, the belt final drive is an easy to spot feature, but yet again, so is this entire motorcycle.
You can still buy the 2009 Star Road Star, which comes with a lustrous Candy Red paintjob.
But apart from colors these models also come with different prices, as we also mentioned above. The 2010 Star Road Star S has a $13,090 MSRP and the 2009 Star Road Star starts at just $12,390.
2010 Star Road Star S
First as Yamaha, now as Star, the Road Star has come a pretty long way and proved being not only beautiful and proper performing, but reliable too. There’s no doubt that evolution has a strong word to say and that, ten years from now, we’ll be bragging about how reliable the 2010 model year is.
With the 2010 Road Star S, Star meets their ambitions of delivering an uncompromised classic cruiser with a compromised retail price. Great combination!
The Road Star S gets chrome accents to the front end including: chrome switchgear, front brake master cylinder, front fork and levers.
Electronic fuel injection ensures easy cold starting and flawless fuel delivery at nearly all altitudes and in nearly any conditions.
102-cubic-inch (1670cc) V-twin powered beauty in a long and low hardtail-look frame, with plenty of customization potential built in.
Modern engineering and materials, including ceramic-composite cylinder liners for superior heat dissipation.
Air cooling, hydraulic valve lifters and belt final drive reduce maintenance requirements to a minimum.
Computer-controlled fuel injection monitors multiple engine parameters to calculate perfect mixture under nearly all conditions.
102-cubic-inch (1670cc) air-cooled, pushrod OHV 48-degree V-twin pumps out huge amounts of torque barely off idle for brisk acceleration and fantastic overall cruising performance.
Air cooling, hydraulic valve lifters and belt final drive. Reduces maintenance requirements to a minimum.
Smooth-shifting five-speed transmission delivers outstanding cruising performance with low rpm at highway speeds.
Dry sump lubrication system uses a handy spin-on filter and creates lower center of gravity by helping keep overall engine height to a minimum.
Electric starting system features solenoid-activated auto decompressor for easy, dependable starting.
Two-into-two exhaust system features beefy, staggered shotgun dual pipes putting out a soulful V-twin exhaust tune.
Solid-mounted engine housed in specially designed rigid-look, double-cradle frame features a stylish 32-degree rake.
Extra-long 66.5-inch wheelbase creates long and low retro profile, added rider comfort for a great ride.
Telescopic 43mm front forks with stainless-steel covers and 5.5 inches of travel stylishly smooth out the bumps.
Out-of-sight link-type, preload-adjustable rear shock provides 4.3 inches of wheel travel for great handling and a plush ride.
16-inch cast wheels shod with tubeless tires for a classic look while providing confidence-inspiring handling and excellent grip.
Dual 298mm front disc brakes feature four-piston calipers with aluminum pistons and sintered brake pads for strong, linear stopping power, backed up by a 320mm single rear disc.
Lightweight and high-strength final drive belt provides long life and quiet operation.
2009 Star Road Star
Industry-leading Star family fit and finish mean lustrous paint and extensive chrome accents that create a machine as stunning as it is powerful.
Ultra-thin, tank-mounted speedometer features a stylish design and provides easy reading of odometer, dual tripmeters, clock and fuel gauge as well as low fuel, high beam, turn signal, neutral and engine diagnostic indicator lights.
LED taillight and clear turn signal lenses with amber bulbs for a custom look, great visibility and reduced current draw.
Full-size floating-type rider floorboards with replaceable wear pad are roomy and comfortable.
A two-piece heel/toe shifter and braided stainless clutch and throttle cables add even more comfort and style.
4.74-gallon fuel tank with low-fuel warning light means exceptional cruising range.
Seat and fork locks both integrated into main ignition switch for extra convenience.
Handy underseat helmet holder.
Powerful 12V 60/55-watt halogen headlight maximizes nighttime visibility and comes with beautiful chrome finish.