2007 Yamaha Road Star Silverado

Summary:

Could be great, and time will tell

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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

3rd Jun 2008, 08:19

I am a 2000 Sportster rider, and am looking at the Silverado as a second bike to make longer rides more comfortable. I am looking at the Silverado because I want a more relaxed ride. I find it hard to believe that the power to weight ratio of the Silverado is such that it would come even remotely close to the acceleration of the much lighter Sportster block to block. On the highway, the Silverado will be much more stable I'm sure. I don't think the comparison of these two different purpose built bikes is fair to either one.

4th Apr 2011, 20:37

I have a 07 Roadstar myself. I bought my bike used. The previous owner had Vance and Hines Power shot installed with carb re-jetted and running rich. What was your fix?

Thanks, Big Mike.

2005 Yamaha Road Star Silverado

Summary:

Best bike on the road

Faults:

Nothing so far.

General Comments:

I have been riding bikes all my life, and now at 45 years old I wanted an all around bike.

I have owned and rented many Harley's. The Harley is without question a good bike. I really enjoyed the wide glide. The price tag is a little much to handle for me as a casual fair weather rider. I looked to buy a used Harley and then came across the 2005 Roadstar 1700cc. I have always thought these seemed like a really good bike and I was not wrong.

After just riding my used 2005 Roadstar with Cobra slip-ons, I am very happy with the purchase. This bike satisfies everything I have expected for a road bike to be. Handles very good and the power band is great. Sound is good, and at speed is quiet, so you and passenger can talk, or your riding partner does not get annoyed beside you or behind.

I like the old style type bike. New technologies in some bikes are too sterile for me. I want to know I'm on a machine. The Roadstar was just what I was looking for, and I'm having the time of my life on it. Proud to own it.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th March, 2007

10th Sep 2010, 16:09

I have a 2004 Roadstar, bought it used in 2005. A very good bike, looks great, sounds great, rides great. Very happy with it.

Seat could be more comfortable.