Yamaha introduced their version of a cruiser motorcycle in 1999 with their Road Star model. This bike has all the characteristics of a cruiser coming standard with an air-cooled, big-bore, V-Twin engine, a large wheel base, a deep sounding exhaust system, and wide handlebars. This bike was their attempt blending the classic American style of the cruiser motorcycle with their modern Yamaha technology.
The 2012 Yamaha Road Star used a massive air-cooled, 1670cc, V-Twin engine that has the potential to deliver loads of raw horsepower and low-end torque. This low-end torque makes acceleration faster than most other cruiser motorcycles. The engine is fueled by an electronic fuel injection system that makes starting the bike in cold temperatures and high altitudes much easier than traditional fuel systems. The transmission is smooth shifting and highly efficient at delivering the 1670cc of engine power to the wheel. It is very quiet during highway cruising, making longer rides more enjoyable. The exhaust system is a two-into-two system that ensures the bike has the strong V-Twin sound.
The Road Star features a hardtail-looking, double-craddle steel frame that keeps the rear shock absorbers out of plain sight. The Road Star has deep colored paint, plenty of chrome, and a very sleek tank mounted console. This bike has all the power and style that most American cruising motorcycles have which makes this a very intriguing bike if you are in the market for something different.