1999 Yamaha Road Star Silverado Review

1999 Yamaha Road Star Silverado from Canada

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.1 / 10
Distance when acquired12000 kilometres
Most recent distance66000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleYamaha Seca 750

Summary:

Fantastic, H D's worst nightmare, Bigger, Badder, Reliable!

Faults:

Speedometer fogged up. I paid $16.00 for a replacement double pane one. Recalled, but dealer would not cover...

General Comments:

Superb styling and comfort. Kind of dumbed down engine compared to the Warrior (same engine) but with the addition of long shots, Big Air Kit, and re-jetting, it comes alive. Tons of torque for hauling the wife and I with trailer on long 1700Km trips.

The Road Star is very acceptable on fuel economy given it's "Battering Ram" aerodynamics and is an ULTRA reliable machine. Fit and finish are almost impeccable and aftermarket add-ons are plentiful and relatively cheap by comparison. 1999 had only 1 recall on plastic speedometer cover, and NO recalls on drivetrain whatsoever. All you do is add gas, change the oil. Oh, and wave as I ride past trailer queens on the way to the shop to get more oil and gaskets.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th April, 2007

4th May 2007, 09:00

It may be a cheaper bike, but no thanks, I will stick with my Dynaglide. The Road Star has no image.

6th May 2007, 14:14

Image???

Nice comment, but I will wave at your image as I pass your broken down Dynaglide while riding my Roadstar.

16th Aug 2007, 10:09

I hate to say it, but the only image Harley has is the name. The Roadstar is what Harley could have been. Why on earth people still flock to Harley paying outrageous prices is beyond me. It's like a cult... they're brain washed. I would buy two Road Stars before a Harley any day. It's funny my coworker has a Road Glide; it has been in the shop more times than he has been able to ride it. Harley has no idea what the problem is. So they ended up buying a Goldwing for their long trips. LOL. If only their Harley friends knew..:)

16th Nov 2007, 22:08

The one thing you don't understand is we have to have brotherhood; we have to have our Chevy engines from Canada and buy all things American made. That's what I was told, but I ride a Silverado and my Harley pals don't say much to me, or I make big fun at red lights.

15th Dec 2008, 21:32

I've got riding buds with Harley's and Victories, and a lot of other makes. Most comments are made in jest and we all have fun riding. So if you gotta have brand loyalty, good for you and the bike you love. I ride a Kawy for enduro,and a 2000 Road Star for cruising the highways and byways. Here's to all those Japanese bikes and their long lives and dependable drive trains. Give your poor Harley friend a ride next time you see his longing for the road.

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 1 review