Could be great, and time will tell
Had dealer install an aftermarket exhaust. They said it needed re-jet. They jetted too rich and only got 25-28mpg. Took it back to dealer and they jetted WAY too lean and almost detonated the motor. I re-jetted myself and now I get 45-51mpg, depending on freeway 45, or back road 50+. None of the 4-5 dealers within 50 miles have a clue as to how to jet a RoadStar. I got my info from the Road Star forums and now it runs strong.
Next, my V-Star 650 Silverado would drag the floorboards if I got real aggressive. This new Road Star Silverado will drag the floorboards in any turn. Yamaha even puts replaceable skid bars under the floorboards because of clearance problem. Poor design, IMO.
This motorcycle is IMO one of the most attractive and comfortable cruisers (seat wise) I've ever ridden. I get compliments on the looks everywhere I go.
Oil changes are a snap. Changing plugs and carb work requires above average mechanical skills. I wouldn't recommend this bike for a novice.
It's heavy almost 800lb loaded with fuel and oil. You do not have to be tall/big, but if you ever drop this bike over you had better be strong to lift it back up.
Even being so heavy, it will out accelerate a 1200 Sportster Nightster and eat it alive on top end.
The 2008 Road Star is fuel injected, and should be a better buy for the not-so-mechanical.
I usually ride a lot, but I've been out of town working, and 6,000 miles is usually a couple months riding not almost a year of ownership. It will get close to 20,000 in the next year, so I hope it holds up.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th February, 2008