In the world of heavyweight motorcycles, there’s a lot of appeal in the look and ride of a well-thought out simple ride. That is, after all, what the sport is about, isn’t it? Enter the 2009 Yamaha Road Star. With basic good looks, and just enough frills to make budget-conscious riders look twice, the 2009 Yamaha Road Star cuts a very attractive profile. It isn’t presumptuous, but rather speaks for itself with styling that avoids the cutting edge in favor of old-school good looks. The power is there, too, to back up the looks. Utilizing the same displacement as the warrior, the 2009 Yamaha Road Star is 102 cubic inches that won’t soon leave you wanting for more torque. Some might argue that the 2009 Yamaha Road Star is crying out for a six speed transmission to replace its five-speed, but the five-speed really is exactly the right transmission for the 2009 Yamaha Road Star. It’s a forgiving motorcycle, both in its pricing and its build quality, offering riders a competent, powerful bike that’s fun to ride, and fun to ride far.
Powering the 2009 Yamaha Road Star is a 102-cubic inch V-twin engine, air-cooled for simplicity, and featuring plenty of nice, out-of-sight technological goodies such as Electronic fuel injection, twin camshafts, and a ceramic composite cylinder bore to help with heat dissipation. The two-into two exhaust setup is fairly typical for a cruiser, not exciting by any means, but clean looking and not necessarily unwelcome on the 2009 Yamaha Road Star. Some riders will likely immediately switch them out for aftermarket pipes, but the exhaust in place for the 2009 Yamaha Road Star serves well for those more interested in the ride than in the noise level. Suspension is handled with 43mm front forks set up telescopically with attractive stainless steel covers and offer 5.5 inches of travel. In back, a link-type preload adjustable rear shock gives the rider and passenger 4.3 inches of travel. To stop the 2009 Yamaha Road Star, Yamaha engineers provided the bike with dual 298mm front disc brakes with four-piston aluminum calipers, as well as a 320mm rear disc.
The 2009 Yamaha Road Star is an attractive motorcycle, providing a ride that is quite comfortable, both in price and in ride quality. With a starting MSRP of $12,390, the 2009 Yamaha Road Star is available in Candy red paint. Priced at $13,090, the 2009 Yamaha Road Star can be had in “S” conviguration, offering additional chrome accents as well as Raven black paint, but otherwise a structurally identical ride. With so much to like about the 2009 Yamaha Road Star, why consider spending more on a ride that’s so much less?