Yamaha, the Japanese manufacturer, began producing motorcycles in 1955, starting with small-displacement bikes and then a developing a strong line of powerful competition bikes. In 1994, Yamaha established the Star brand, a line of cruisers, specifically for the U.S. market. Cycle World Magazine called the Roadliner, the flagship of the Star line, the best cruiser of 2006, the year the model was introduced. The company saw no reason to tamper with success. Yamaha carried over the design for the 2007 Roadliner and its all-black twin, the Roadliner Midnight, and the Roadliner S.
Powered by air-cooled, 1854cc, 48-degree V-twin engines with an overhead cam and pushrod-activated valves, the Roadliner models have twin-bore, computer-controlled fuel injectors. Ignition is electric. The five-speed manual transmission, with overdrive, has a belt final drive. The standard heel-toe shifter is adjustable. A telescopic fork with 5.5 inches of travel provides the front suspension for all three Roadliner models; the rear suspension is a twin-sided swing arm. The front brake is an 11.7-inch dual disc; the rear brake is a 12.6-inch disc.
These are substantial cruisers, weighing in at 705 pounds dry, with a wheelbase of 67.5 inches. The bikes are about eight and a half feet long, with a turning radius of 11 feet. Because the weight is almost evenly balanced over the front and the rear wheels, the long and low Roadliner’s handling is light. The two-piece seat on all three models is a low 28.9 inches, with the upright rider position typical of cruisers. The instrumentation covers the basics with a few extras: speedometer, odometer, clock, fuel gauge, and tachometer. Yamaha doesn’t provide an estimate of gas mileage; the tank holds 4.5 gallons.
It comes with lockable under-seat storage, but a wide variety of saddlebags and tank bags are available, along with a huge selection of accessories to customize the bike and add bling. Yamahas are well known for being reliable, durable machines, and the Roadliner offers great cruiser style, the latest technology, and a smooth ride as well.