2005 Yamaha V-Star Silverado Reviews

2005 Yamaha V-Star Silverado from United States of America

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2012
Distance when acquired500 miles
Most recent distance48650 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda VT750C Shadow Aero

Summary:

Reliable

Faults:

Amazing machine. Cannot believe how many miles I have put on this bike. Never had any major problems.

The only thing I had to replace was an O-ring around the oil filter, which I picked up at a local part store for a dollar.

This bike sits low, which makes it very comfortable around curves. Wouldn't recommend it for very long rides.

The seat is rock hard. I would definitely recommend this bike to any number of my friends.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th August, 2012

2005 Yamaha V-Star Silverado from United States of America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired4200 miles
Most recent distance8200 miles
Previous motorcycleHarley-Davidson Sportster XL 1200R

Summary:

Not bad for the money

Faults:

The starter clutch seems to be and issue for this model. Yamaha makes a revised gear, which you must buy! 480 bucks! Should be a recall item.

General Comments:

Overall, the bike runs and rides great. Very comfortable on long rides.

Fuel economy could be better, 40-45mpg. My H-D always got 52mpg.

The oil filter is a real pain to change. Buy the external kit. More money, but well worth it.

Change the factory seat.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th August, 2011

2005 Yamaha V-Star Silverado from Canada

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired70 kilometres
Most recent distance5000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleHonda CB750

Summary:

A beautiful looking motorcycle, but not a bike for me

Faults:

Hard starting. Many times the bike was very hard to start.

General Comments:

I fell in love with the looks of this motorcycle, but the the love affair ended quickly. I found that the bike seriously needed a sixth gear, as it proved to be pain full to drive on the highway unless you like a screaming engine that has more than its share of vibration at only 100 Kilometers per hour. It certainly is not a highway cruiser. I constantly found myself lifting my left toe always looking for another top gear and disappointed every time not to find it there.

Also, a weird pain in my back. I am six feet tall and the way the seat is designed gave me a special kind of pain in my lower back after about thirty minutes of riding. I could not imagine taking this bike on a long road trip, although it's a good bike for short trips in and around the city.

I searched on the Internet before I purchased this bike, and the reviews I read at the time were good. Nobody had mentioned at the time these little shortfalls I have pointed out here. I only owned this motorcycle for one summer and I am simply giving you my honest opinion of what I thought of it. I don't miss the V-Star.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th May, 2009

29th Jul 2009, 15:21

Re? 2005 Yamaha 1100cc Silverado --- I agree it seems to need a sixth gear and the seat could be a bit more ergonomic design.

However I still like the bike, and will keep it. the weight and center of weight distribution is for me just fine. Oh yeah,... forgot to mention; she's a pretty little thing and gets nice compliments. If you can find a clean used one -- it's a great investment at a modest cost. Go for it!

'Al' "Star Riders", Salem, Oregon Chapter.

22nd Jan 2011, 18:34

I've been riding motorcycles since 1970, and have had Europeans, Japanese and Koreans.

I've had 3 Yamaha V-Stars in the lest 7 years, and now own a Silverado 650cc with 22,000Km (about 13,000 miles).

I've had bigger and more powerful engines, but I'm very satisfied with mine, and can go and ride besides any cruiser.

I'm 5'11" and way almost 200 pounds, and am OK besides the fact that my ass can't take more than 1 1/2 hour at a time.

No matter if 650 or 1100, these bikes were made to ride, but the 650 is made to ride alone!

2005 Yamaha V-Star Silverado from United States of America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance8400 miles
Previous motorcycleSuzuki LS 650 Savage

Summary:

It's the best bike and the best value in the mid-weight cruiser market

Faults:

This bike has never been in for a repair or adjustment, other than the 2000 mile service recommended in the service manual. I've only changed the oil & filters as self-performed maintenance.

General Comments:

Excellent bike for runs up to 400-500 miles. Any longer runs and you'll want a Mustang or Corbin aftermarket seat.

I ride in city, rural, & mountainous terrain, and the bike performs very well in all areas: straights, sweepers, and downright hairy curves.

Acceleration is good, even at highway speeds.

Yes, it keeps up with the Harley's just fine. Just wring out the power and you'll keep accelerating. Since it has a rev limiter, you'll never blow the engine wringing out the last bit of pony-power.

Aftermarket parts a-plenty for this bad boy. You want to customize it? There are a lot of parts available for V-Stars to make them exceptionally unique.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th October, 2008

2005 Yamaha V-Star Silverado from United States of America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired2800 miles
Most recent distance12300 miles
Previous motorcycleSuzuki GS850

Summary:

The is a great motorcycle so far

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

The only thing that I can say negative about the v-star 1100 is that you have to remove the pipes to change the oil filter.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 2007

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 5 reviews