The 2010 Star Road Star Silverado and Silverado S are ready for the long haul and don’t mind letting everyone notice this fact. Packed with floating floorboards, a tall windscreen passenger backrest as well as with hard-shell sidebags, the Silverados are comfortable and offer plenty loading capacity.
And the extra load is properly dealed with loads of torque and a harmonious rumble provided by the 102-cubic-inch V-twin engine powering the two cruisers.
2010 Star Road Star Silverado S
Star is all about getting as much out of any particular model, so they diversify their lineup in various ways depending on the potential of different models. So apart from the classic Road Star and Road Star S, they present virtually the same bikes with bolted on touring accessories and new color schemes called Road Star Silverado and Road Star Silverado S.
Because at their base these bikes are all the same, they get the same fuel-injected 102-cubic-inch air-cooled, pushrod OHV 48-degree V-twin motor, only that the five-speed transmission gets 5th gear overdrive for greater cruising performance and low fuel consumption. The Road Star Silverado averages a 36 mpg and has a 4.74 gallons tank, so it achieves good range for those long trips. Riding comfort is enhanced by a heel/toe shifter that comes standard on both models and we reckon that the seats, backrest and pullback handlebars really talk for themselves.
The engine is solid-mounted to the steel double-cradle frame, but you’ll be still benefiting of a plush ride as there are no harsh vibrations transmitted through the handlebars, floorboards or seat. Also, those 43mm forks offer 5.5 inches of travel and the rear shock is capable of 4.3 inches of travel, which is good even for speed bumps and bad roads.
Fully loaded and carrying both rider and passenger, the Silverado ends up being a seriously packed vehicle that demands plenty of stopping power, especially for emergency situations. And it is provided with by the four-piston calipers with aluminum pistons and sintered brake pads actuating on those 298mm front discs and 320mm rear disc.
Suzuki performs the same magic tricks on their 2009 Boulevard C109RT. The bike is basically a dressed up C109R painted differently and which looks like a veritable tourer. In this case, we’re dealing with leather saddlebags, studded seats and backrest as well as with a tall windscreen. The engine is liquid-cooled (unlike Star’s air-cooled unit) and slightly bigger in displacement – 108.8-cubic-inches of V-twin. But, the Suzuki weighs 885 lbs, so the performances of the two bikes are similar, though the prices aren’t as the 2009 C109RT has a $15,999 suggested retail price.
2010 Vulcan 1700 Classic LT
Kawasaki delivers their 2010 Vulcan 1700 Classic LT as an uncompromised piece of machinery. With timeless looks and also belt final drive, all the Vulcan 1700 needed in order to step up and become a tourer were the studded seats and backrest, leather saddlebags and windscreen. Still, it relies on the muscular 103.7-cubic-inch, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four valves per cylinder V-twin engine and that provides 108 lb-ft of torque just above 2000 rpm. Curb weight is 798 lbs and the bike has an MSRP of $14,199.
2007 Honda VTX1800T
Let’s not forget about the Honda VTX1800T which is refinement itself and the $14,899 price stands precisely for that. The engine backing it up is a 1,795cc, liquid-cooled, 52-degree V-twin that is also fuel-injected. Like on the Suzuki, there’s a shaft final drive for greater reliability and the touring goodies (backrest, saddlebags and windscreen).
2010 Star Road Star Silverado
Among Japanese Tourers powered by around 100-cubic-inch engines, the standard Road Star Silverado blends perfectly in as it too features classic design, a lot of chrome and tall screen, studded seats, backrest, but also leather saddlebags. There is pair of 16-inch standard spoked wheels giving it a nice classy touch, while the fit and finish is incontestably top notch. Pearl White painted, this ride is ready to shine under the Californian sun.
Star also produces the Road Star Silverado S and the 2010 model year not only distinguishes thanks to the Candy Red paintjob, but also due to the hard-shell sidebags and non studded seats. Furthermore, the “S” model rides on a pair of 9-spoke cast wheels which really look like the perfect choice for it.
The details make all the difference and in this case, both Silverado models feature floorboars even for the passenger. This feature enhances comfort and raises the standards of the class.
With great accommodations and attention to details, the Stratoliners really appear as unmistakably beautiful and never growing old tourers with almost everything in common and yet different looks.
These motorcycles also stand proud in their class as they feature competitive starting prices that seem like having nothing to do with the actual products. At $14,590 for the 2010 Star Road Star Silverado and $15,190 for the 2010 Silverado S, you really get a lot of bike for the money in each particular case.
Undergoing a facile transformation from Classic into Touring, Star manages to exploit their Road Star’s capabilities into a whole new domain, but so do the other Japanese builders and they’re as good at it as Star. So what makes the difference? It all consists in each manufacturer’s engine reliability and performance, build quality, comfort as well as fit and finish. All these are top notch on the Star Road Star Silverado models and the climax are the decent prices.
Electronic fuel injection ensures easy cold starting and flawless fuel delivery at nearly all altitudes and in nearly any conditions.
A medium-size adjustable windshield enhances riding experience by keeping wind and weather off the rider.
Stylish locking hard sidebags look great and provide ample storage for traveling.
Touring rider seat and passenger seat with backrest is shaped for roominess and extended long-range comfort.
Power is not a problem for the long-legged 102-cubic-inch V-twin, and belt final drive passes it to the rear wheel with maximum efficiency.
The Road Star Silverado S gets chrome accents to the front end including: standard passing lamps, chrome switchgear, front brake master cylinder, front fork and levers.
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.
Hydraulic valve lifters driven by twin camshafts deliver exceptional performance and less maintenance. Ceramic composite cylinder bore plating ensures greater durability and optimal heat dissipation.
Smooth-shifting five-speed transmission with 5th-gear overdrive 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 autodecompressor 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 and well-balanced handling.
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, yet sporty 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.
2010 Star Road Star Silverado S
Industry-leading Star family fit and finish feature rich, 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 and passenger floorboards 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.