2008 Yamaha Raider

Motorcyclist Online helps you research the used 2008 Yamaha Raider before buying this Cruiser bike. The 2008 Raider is made in Japan. Yamaha first introduced the Raider model in 2008. With front Dual Hydraulic Disc brakes that will securely stop ...     read more
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2008 Yamaha Raider

2008 Yamaha Raider Base


The Raider is a brand-new motorcycle for 2008. It is a Star motorcycle, but goes by Yamaha Raider because Yamaha is the manufacturer of this powerful 1854 cc custom cruiser. This Japanese manufacturer introducing the first Star, a Royal Star, in 1996. Yamaha changed the line‘s name to simply ""Star"" for U.S. markets only in 2005. Right out of the factory, the Raider grabbed honors at the V-Twin Expo where it was named the ""2008 Metric Cruiser of the Year."" There are two models of the Raider: the Raider Base and the Raider S. The major difference between the two is the Raider S has dressier looking parts. In introducing the Raider, Yamaha called it ""a whole new kind of Star, a bike we like to call a modern performance custom."" The Raider was designed to look like a chopper, but uses lower handlebars than a true chopper. The front tire is 21 inches, and the smaller back tire, at 18 inches, is the tallest and widest Yamaha has ever put on a Star motorcycle.

The Raider leaves the factory with lots of customized parts and offers a lengthy line of accessories and parts for those who want to jazz up this cruiser even more. One of the first items riders may want to add is a windshield, as the 2008 Raider doesn’t have one. However, riders say the low seat, at 27.3 inches, does provide some wind protection. Riders also opt to replace the passenger seat, as the stock one isn’t comfortable for passengers on long-distance trips. The passenger sits a few inches up behind the driver, providing a nice view of the road. Riders say the Raider maneuvers well in normal city traffic, but it is more fun to ride when the road is curvy. The Raider weighs almost 700 pounds before fluids are added. This, combined with the big V-twin engine, makes it a motorcycle for experienced riders only. The 2008 Raider comes in Black or Cherry Red.

New For 2008
  • Everything is new on this bike, as 2008 is the first model year for the Yamaha Raider.

2008 Yamaha Raider Specs

  • Model: Raider Base
  • Engine Type: V-twin, four-stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 100.0 mm x 118.0 mm
  • Compression ratio: 9.5:1
  • Valve Train: Overhead valve - pushrod
  • Induction: Twin bore electronic fuel injection
  • Ignition: Transistor controlled ignition (TCI)
  • Transmission: Manual, five-speed, with overdrive
  • Final Drive: Belt
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.1 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 39 mpg
  • Brakes (Front): Dual 298 mm hydraulic discs
  • Brakes (Rear): 310 mm single hydraulic disc
  • Suspension (Front): 46 mm telescopic fork, with adjustable pre-load
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin sided swing arm; aluminum
  • Wheelbase: 70.9 inches
  • Rake: 40°
  • Trail: 4 inches
  • Seat Height: 27.3 inches
  • Curb Weight: 692 pounds
  • Tires (Front): Metzler 120/70-21 tubeless
  • Tires (Rear): Metzler 210/40-18 tubeless


  • Mirrors, various styles
  • Boulevard windshield
  • Chrome passenger footpegs with rubber inserts
  • Passing lamps
  • Chrome engine guards
  • Saddlebags
  • Seats, various styles
  • Custom cover

Key Competitors For The 2008 Yamaha Raider

  • 2008 Suzuki Boulevard M109R
  • 2008 Victory Vegas
  • 2008 Honda VTX 1800
  • 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600
  • 2008 Harley-Davidson Softail

Available Raider Sub Models

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