Beside the V-Max, this is the best muscle bike/cruiser Yamaha ever made
I had to have a majority of gaskets replaced after being in Military storage for most of 1997.
I had to have a stopcock installed to the fuel line, because a replacement for the original could not be found.
I was very surprised when I first bought it at how powerful this bike is. I brought the front tire off the ground a few times coming off red lights without meaning to.
I love the handling, and have kept up with a few crotch rockets that were 750cc and below. It rides very comfortably and has a great point of balance. You can put your feet up on the back pegs and lay down on it when you need to go just a little faster.
I bought it in St. Petersburg Florida in 1992, and have had the engine rebuilt just in the last couple of years as preventive maintenance. Unfortunately my wife does not like it because it is too quick, and wants me to sell it. She bought me a 2009 Yamaha Royalstar Classic for my birthday in February, because she wants us to have a bike we can both go for rides on.
If anyone ever buys it from me, I am definitely going to miss it. I enjoyed it more than my Ninja, and it is definitely a different ride from my new bike.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th July, 2010