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Yamaha created Star Motorcycles in 1994 as a standalone brand for its line of cruiser motorcycles in the U.S. market. In 2006, the motorbike brand was expanded to being its own company, although the brand is operated out of the Yamaha Motor Corporation offices in Cypress, California, and Yamaha still handles production and distribution. All Star motorcycles are designed in the United States.

Star Bolt and Bolt R-Spec Return for 2015

2015 Star Bolt in Glacier Blue

Rider Magazine Staff
June 6, 2014

2015 Star Bolt in Glacier Blue Star Motorcycles recently revealed that its popular Bolt cruisers will be among its motorcycles returning for 2015. Both top-selling Bolt and Bolt R-Spec models are powered by a 942cc, air-cooled V-twin, and updates include wave-type brake rotors and new instrument clusters.... Read more »

2014 Ducati Diavel Strada vs. 2014 Star Vmax Comparison Road Test

2014 Ducati Diavel Strada and Star Vmax

Greg Drevenstedt
March 3, 2014

Power tripping on the 2014 Ducati Diavel Strada and Star Vmax. Without a doubt, the Ducati Diavel and Star Vmax are two of the meanest, most rambunctious motorcycles in production. Sure, most liter-class sportbikes send as much or more horsepower to the rear wheel (though only one—Kawasaki’s Ninja... Read more »

Star Motorcycles Announces Winners in the Bolt Custom Build-Off

First Place: Doc's Chops

Rider Magazine Staff
October 30, 2013

First Place: Doc’s Chops Star Motorcycles recently held a contest to see who could create the greatest custom motorcycle using the Star Bolt as their canvas. There were a total of 10 bikes created with each being truly unique, reflecting their individual inspiration and style. After months of hard... Read more »

2013 Middleweight Metric Cruiser Comparo

These four boys of the boulevard have the sound, look and feel of larger cruisers, but smaller engines and lower prices.

Greg Drevenstedt
June 5, 2013

My favorite comfort foods, heart-warming and artery-clogging classics like mac-and-cheese, buttermilk biscuits and pulled-pork barbecue, are straightforward and uncomplicated, each prepared with a short list of ingredients and easy techniques. But many cooks have been fooled by such simplicity, following... Read more »

2013 Star V Star 950 Review

2013 Star V Star 950

Greg Drevenstedt
June 5, 2013

Of the four motorcycles in this comparison, the Star V Star 950 has the most distinctive look. Ever since Yamaha created Star Motorcycles as a separate brand for its cruiser division, the company has carved out a distinct niche in the segment. Last year, Star launched the Raider SCL (Star Custom Line)... Read more »

2013 Star V Star 1300 Deluxe Road Test

The Star V Star 1300 Deluxe is ready for a serious tour or the hirsute commute, with good wind protection and storage.

Mark Tuttle
June 4, 2013

Got your eye on a custom dresser, a “bagger,” eh? Can’t say I blame you. Stripped and slammed cruisers are so five years ago. They may have a wicked minimalist look, but actually riding one is another story—us baby boomers are gettin’ too old for narrow seats and suspension with one lousy inch... Read more »

Ridden & Rated: 2014 Star Bolt

Star’s new Bolt offers upright seating with stellar urban manners.

Bill Stermer
April 29, 2013

It’s a smart company that studies the market, conducts research and builds its products based upon what the data indicate will be successful. In the case of Yamaha, its Star Motorcycles division (which builds its cruisers) is a very smart company indeed. While noting that cruisers compose about 49... Read more »

2014 Star Bolt and Bolt R-Spec – First Look

2014 Star Bolt R-Spec in Matte Grey

Greg Drevenstedt
March 9, 2013

Fully embracing the popularity of stripped-down, back-to-basics customization as well as the need to offer cool, affordable motorcycles to attract new and young buyers, Star Motorcycles has introduced the all-new Bolt and Bolt R-Spec cruisers. Based on the V Star 950 platform, the Bolt is powered by... Read more »

All New V Star 1300 Deluxe Headlines the Most Diverse Star Motorcycles Lineup Ever

2013 V Star 1300 Deluxe

Press Release
September 28, 2012

Star Motorcycles introduced the all new V Star 1300 Deluxe. Built around a 1304cc (80 cubic inch) V-Twin engine with a 9.5:1 compression ratio, aggressive cam timing and fuel injection, the V Star 1300 Deluxe with its 2 into 1 exhaust has the sound and power you need to get up and go. With the V Star... Read more »

2012 Star Raider SCL First Ride Review

Star Raider SCL: The large chrome headlight nacelle gleams in the sunlight.

Greg Drevenstedt
April 26, 2012

(This article was published in the July 2012 issue of Rider magazine.) Story by Greg Drevenstedt, Photos by Nelson and Riles Starting in the late ’70s, metric cruisers, such as Yamaha’s 650 Special and Virago 750, Honda’s CB650 Custom and Nighthawk, among others, offered an alternative to American... Read more »

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Star Motorcycles, Who Uses Them?

Star motorcycle road tests are performed on their street-legal cruiser motorcycles with V4 and V-twin engines.


Star Motorcycle Standouts

Star Motorcycle reviews address a mix of cruiser models, including the Royal Star Venture S luxury tourer, Stratoliner and Roadliner Big Twins, Road Star and V Star lines (ranging from 250cc to 1,670cc), its Stryker and Raider choppers and Vmax power cruiser. In 2012, Star motorcycle road tests began on the Star Custom Line (SCL), a limited-production line of factory custom motorcycles, the first of which was the SCL Raider.

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