The 2011 Yamaha Road Star is a cruiser bike that ticks all the right boxes in terms of handling, good looks, and power. With a 1670-cc, V-Twin engine, the Road Star S is a heavyweight that offers lots of power and muscle within easy reach of the rider. The classic chrome details and overall design makes the bike look as good as its profile suggests. Yamaha has managed to combine the classic appeal of a hardtail-looking steel frame and other elements with modern design elements like chrome accents in the front end. The new three-dimensional Road Star logo is now located on the fuel tank and the steering locks has been integrated to the ignition switch. There are two helmet holders under the seat that come very handy. One of the most prominent features of the bike is the LED taillight and clear turn signals that come with amber bulbs for a custom look and greater night visibility.
The V-Twin engine in the 2011 Yamaha Road Star S provides ample torque at low revs for strong acceleration from a standstill and a cool and comfortable cruising performance. A number of elements are incorporated in the engine to improve its performance and efficiency. For example, the hydraulic valve lifters driven by the camshafts allow the engine to deliver great performance numbers and simultaneously reduce the maintenance requirements. Similarly, ceramic composite cylinders provide reduced weight and friction, longer life, and better efficiency.
The long wheelbase of the 2011 Yamaha Road Star S gives the bike a low and stretched retro profile that not only improves rider comfort but also keeps the bike stable and solid. The double-cradle frame has been specially designed without gussets, and it serves as the overall chassis of the bike too. Rider ergonomics is the big focus in the chassis design, with more space and legroom for the rider to remain comfortable for long periods of time on the road. The dual disc brakes in front and single disc brake at the rear with four-piston calipers for each disc provide great stopping power and feel.