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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.

Custom V Star 950 Sweepstakes Bike to be Unveiled at Laughlin River Run

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Press Release
April 18, 2012

One lucky person will be the proud owner of a 2012 V Star 950 customized by Chris Hagest and his crew at Low and Mean. The bike will be unveiled to the public for the first time at the Laughlin River Run on April 25, 2012. After that this fully customized V Star can be seen in the Star display at many... Read more »

2012 Star Motorcycles – First Look

2012 Star Raider SCL

Rider Magazine
September 21, 2011

2012 Star Raider SCL is the first model in the Star Custom Line. For 2012, Yamaha’s Star Motorcycles division is launching a factory-custom line, called SCL (Star Custom Line). The first model will be the Raider SCL, featuring chrome wheels and drive belt pulley co-designed by Star and Performance... Read more »

2011 Star Stratoliner Deluxe vs. 2011 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero Road Test

2011 Star Stratoliner Deluxe vs. Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero left side action

Rider Magazine
June 21, 2011

photography by Rich Cox [This 2011 Star Stratoliner Deluxe vs. 2011 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero Rider Comparison Test was originally published in the July 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Above: A larger fairing and standard fairing lowers give the red Vaquero more wind protection than the Stratoliner Deluxe.... Read more »

2011 Star Stratoliner Deluxe Road Test

2011 Star Stratoliner Deluxe right side action

Rider Magazine
June 21, 2011

photography by Rich Cox [This 2011 Star Stratoliner Deluxe Rider Test was originally published in the July 2011 issue of Rider magazine] A large chunk of American motorcyclists are beholden to the past. For years the highest percentage of motorcycle sales has been accounted for by cruisers, classically... Read more »

Yamaha Royal Star Venture/Hannigan Trike Conversion Road Test

Royal Star Venture/Hannigan Trike rear beauty

Rider Contributor
June 14, 2011

story and photography by James Parchman [This Yamaha Royal Star Venture/Hannigan Trike Conversion Ridden & Rated was originally published in the March 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Hannigan’s Venture trike conversion has slick twin-pipe roadster styling but the lockable trunk, topbox and upper... Read more »

2011 Star Stryker 1300 Road Test

2011 Star Stryker left side action

Rider Magazine
June 2, 2011

photography by Riles & Nelson [This 2011 Star Stryker 1300 Road Test was originally published in the January 2011 issue of Rider magazine] The Texas Hill Country around Austin is the perfect venue for a leisurely winding cruise aboard Star's latest 1300 custom. Cruisers, baggers and cruiser tourers... Read more »

2009 Star V Star 950 Tourer Road Test

2009 Star V Star 950 Tourer

Clement Salvadori
January 12, 2009

photography by Tom Riles and Nigel Kinrade [This 2009 Star V Star 950 Tourer Road Test was originally featured in the February 2009 issue of Rider magazine] Throw a leg over the saddle, lift the bike off the sidestand, settle into the commodious seat, turn the key, push the button-Baroom! Good sound,... Read more »

2009 Yamaha/Star Vmax Road Test

Star Vmax action right

Rider Magazine
October 14, 2008

photography by Riles & Nelson Aha! Now I get it. Just before the unveiling of the 2009 Yamaha/Star Vmax on the deck of the U.S.S. Midway, we listened to a riveting account of how aircraft were launched from the now-decommissioned carrier. A steam-powered catapult helped propel each plane from 0-170... Read more »

2008 Star Road Star Silverado Road Test

The Road Star has a light, agile feel for a cruiser, but lacks cornering clearance in turns.

Bill Stermer
July 9, 2008

[This review of the 2008 Star Road Star Silverado was originally published in the August 2008 issue of Rider] Since its introduction in 1999, Yamaha’s (now the Star Motorcycles division of Yamaha) air-cooled, big-inch V-twin Road Star has been tremendously popular. Over the years this cruiser has... Read more »

2008 Honda VTX1300T, Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT, Suzuki Boulevard C50T, Star V Star 1100 Silverado Motorcycle Comparison

Windscreens, backrests, bags and V-twins: Beyond that, they’re all different.

Bill Stermer
July 8, 2008

[this middleweight touring cruiser comparison review features the 2008 Honda VTX1300T, 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT, 2008 Star V Star 1100 Silverado and 2008 Suzuki Boulevard C50T, and was originally published in the May 2008 issue of Rider] You’re a cruiser rider, and you like to travel,... Read more »

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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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