2012 Yamaha Road Star 1700 from United States of America
The best big cruiser I've ever owned!
Nothing has gone wrong with this excellent bike.
Rider experience: I'm 54 years old and have owned over 50 motorcycles. In the 70's I began with Yamaha RD350's, Kawaski 900's, Ninja 900's, Kawi turbos & have lots of drag racing experience with several bikes.
I bought this Road Star off the showroom floor last year after test driving several Harleys. Instead of buying a used Harley for $10k, I bought this brand new 2012 RoadStar for less than $10k.
I almost immediately added a fairing by National Cycle, which greatly increased riding enjoyment. Without the fairing the wind is a total upper body workout all the time.
I then added 6" dog-legged 1" pull back handlebar extenders, which corrected the riding position for my 5'11" 220 lb. frame. I have "ape arms" to begin with, but these pulled back the stock bars into a near perfect position for me.
I also added Dunlop Elite 3 tires once the stock Bridgestones wore down to 25% after the first 8500 miles. I'm expecting 15-20k out of the Dunlops.
I'm almost ready to purchase saddle bags, but still cannot decide which ones I want. I'm torn between leather, plastic etc.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th February, 2014
17th Feb 2015, 23:05
I'm very interested in a 2012 Road Star S. I'm wondering though about vibration. I'm on a Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad now, which has no vibration, but I've read that some Road Star owners have had buzzing issues in the handlebars and footboards. How has yours been in this regard? Thanks.
20th Jan 2019, 02:38
I had a 2005 then a 2007, which both had a buzzing/rattling. I eventually figured the noise was due to:
2005: Wiring inside the headlight housing was in need of wrapping the internal wiring so it didn't rattle against the housing.
2007: The noise was due to the rim needing to be covered with electrical tape between the outer rim.