Hi, I think the Roadstar is the best looking and riding cruiser out there, and I have ridden many that cost a lot more, and aren't near as nice.
Glad I bought one
I bought my '05 Road Star used with 2,100 miles. It has been a dream to ride, and my longest trip to date has been 980 miles round trip.
It handles great, has plenty of power when required, and certainly gets a lot of thumbs up. This is my second bike, and I made a great choice in the Road Star.
One thing I've toyed with is the Stage One Exhaust mod, but have been a little reluctant because it is nice to not try to talk over the exhaust when my wife is up.
I have a 2005 Roadstar I bought used 2.5 years ago with 425 miles on it. I have 11,800 miles on it and started hearing a rubbing sound at low speeds - checked my front drive pulley and it was very loose. Enough that it wore the pulley beyond repair and it needed to be replaced along with the pulley shaft. My Yamaha dealer went to bat for me and got Yamaha to repair under warranty even though I'm out of warranty. This saved me about $500! I'm writing this as a warning to Roadstar owners to make sure you check that front pulley! I've read of other owners who have experienced the same problem - that's why I checked mine. I love my Roadie and can't wait to get it out of the shop.
I got my 05 Roadstar new in 05. My brother asked me one day "If you could pick any new bike, what would it be?" I told him, and two weeks later my new Roadie was sitting in my driveway. He and my mom went in on it together and surprised me on my birthday. Talk about a wonderful gift. I sold my Virago to a friend, and started customizing the roadie from the frame up. It is a real eye catcher and runs like a cruiser should. I sent the tins off to a custom painter in Utah, and he made this baby look like no other. It turns heads everywhere. Very comfortable on long rides. My Harley friends gave me a hard time at first, but they sing a different tune now that it's custom too.
Jim Elliott Reno, NV.
I run a 2003 Road Star Silverado LE (recently acquired), and I love it, but I graduated up from Virago's, so in response to the guy who thinks a Road Star might be better with twin carbs, again, like the Virago's, the twin carb does help a tad on performance across the board, but it's marginal, and just more to keep up with and keep synchronized.
I was getting ready to switch to after market single carb manifold for my Virago, but glad I saved the money since finding my 03 Road Star.
Modification is a personal preference, but personally I am glad the Road Star uses a single carb (earlier models anyway), and performs well for what the bike is designed for.