Yamaha V-Star Silverado Reviews from Canada

2004 Yamaha V-Star Silverado

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2012
Distance when acquired24000 kilometres
Most recent distance50000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleYamaha XS1100

Summary:

Only bike I would give this up for would be a Roadliner, and that's only because of increased cc

Faults:

The only problem I have had with the bike, based on its factory parts, was with the light bar. I was getting wire shorts, and kept blowing my light fuse. This was due to the wires rubbing on the light bar housing. It was a simple fix.

I did have backfire problems with the bike, due to incorrectly installed jets in the carbs, when the previous owner installed a Hypercharger and aftermarket exhaust.

General Comments:

Smooth handling and plenty of low end torque.

Stock saddlebags on the Silverado are nice looking, but not nearly as nice functionally. The opening doesn't allow for much to enter the bag. I switched to Hard bags for travelling.

Could have used a 6th gear.

Installed an oil filter relocation kit, and can't understand why Yamaha never made this change on their own.

It has great looks with a very comfortable riding position.

I love the rider's saddle, but the passenger seat is very uncomfortable, and had to have it reshaped and re-padded to make it so my wife could spend a few hours at a time on it.

I love the fact they kept this bike old school. Carbureted and air cooled. If you understand carburetors, you know there is very little that can go wrong with them.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th July, 2012

2008 Yamaha V-Star Silverado

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.7 / 10
Distance when acquired1 kilometres
Most recent distance42000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleHonda CX500

Summary:

Probably the best value cruiser out there

Faults:

I have not had a single issue with this bike since new. I rode it across Canada; 12500 kms in some of the worst weather possible (record rainfalls, hurricane), and this bike never missed a beat, always starts right away. I have more confidence in it than my car.

General Comments:

Power was iffy, but I installed a Maxair kit and Cobra pipes; the difference was amazing, it really wakes this bike up.

Brakes are amazing, and the low seat height instills confidence.

Oil filter is a pass, and checking the oil level with the sight glass is almost a two man job, but the good looks and reliability make it all worth while.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 2010

2004 Yamaha V-Star Silverado

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.9 / 10
Distance when acquired4000 kilometres
Most recent distance26000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleYamaha XJ650 Maxim

Faults:

No problems yet, just regular maintenance.

General Comments:

Put in a new battery, new tires, brake pads.

Had a 4200 kms trip this summer with no problems, just wish I had gotten the Roadstar. A lot more power & comfort for 2 up riding.

As for solo riding, no problems, it's a lot different bike than my old 1981 Midnight Maxim.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th October, 2010

2005 Yamaha V-Star Silverado

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired70 kilometres
Most recent distance5000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleHonda CB750

Summary:

A beautiful looking motorcycle, but not a bike for me

Faults:

Hard starting. Many times the bike was very hard to start.

General Comments:

I fell in love with the looks of this motorcycle, but the the love affair ended quickly. I found that the bike seriously needed a sixth gear, as it proved to be pain full to drive on the highway unless you like a screaming engine that has more than its share of vibration at only 100 Kilometers per hour. It certainly is not a highway cruiser. I constantly found myself lifting my left toe always looking for another top gear and disappointed every time not to find it there.

Also, a weird pain in my back. I am six feet tall and the way the seat is designed gave me a special kind of pain in my lower back after about thirty minutes of riding. I could not imagine taking this bike on a long road trip, although it's a good bike for short trips in and around the city.

I searched on the Internet before I purchased this bike, and the reviews I read at the time were good. Nobody had mentioned at the time these little shortfalls I have pointed out here. I only owned this motorcycle for one summer and I am simply giving you my honest opinion of what I thought of it. I don't miss the V-Star.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th May, 2009

29th Jul 2009, 15:21

Re? 2005 Yamaha 1100cc Silverado --- I agree it seems to need a sixth gear and the seat could be a bit more ergonomic design.

However I still like the bike, and will keep it. the weight and center of weight distribution is for me just fine. Oh yeah,... forgot to mention; she's a pretty little thing and gets nice compliments. If you can find a clean used one -- it's a great investment at a modest cost. Go for it!

'Al' "Star Riders", Salem, Oregon Chapter.

22nd Jan 2011, 18:34

I've been riding motorcycles since 1970, and have had Europeans, Japanese and Koreans.

I've had 3 Yamaha V-Stars in the lest 7 years, and now own a Silverado 650cc with 22,000Km (about 13,000 miles).

I've had bigger and more powerful engines, but I'm very satisfied with mine, and can go and ride besides any cruiser.

I'm 5'11" and way almost 200 pounds, and am OK besides the fact that my ass can't take more than 1 1/2 hour at a time.

No matter if 650 or 1100, these bikes were made to ride, but the 650 is made to ride alone!

2002 Yamaha V-Star Silverado

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired10 kilometres
Most recent distance60345 kilometres
Previous motorcycleHonda GL1200 Aspencade

Summary:

The only way I'd give her up is at gunpoint, and then I'd buy another one

Faults:

Left turn signal bulb replaced. New battery this year.

General Comments:

Love this bike. It's the most reliable, easy riding/handling motorcycle I've ever owned.

Corners like a dream - I find that I want to lay her down even farther than I can, but because the floorboards scrape if I go too low, super tight, 20mph hairpins have to be taken at 40mph. Laying her lower and farther isn't a good thing.

Wish it had a bit more power for climbing hills. Keeps up a reasonable speed (60-70mph), but my Gold Wing buddies just laugh and power past. I kill 'em on the corners tho.

I haven't ever had a moments problem with this bike. Looks great, still runs like a dream.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st August, 2008

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 5 reviews