2005 Yamaha V-Star Silverado 650 from United States of America
Functionality meets gorgeous reliability
The clutch cable was frayed and busted on me 2000 miles into ownership, and the regulator and stator went out on me, causing both coils to go out. That was around 28000 miles.
Having grown up around Harley's, but not quite able to invest in one, the Yamaha Star was like a heavens send. Used, I got the bike for 2200$ with 15000 miles, and though I wasn't too happy that the used dealership pulled a fast one on me concerning the checklist of maintenance they claimed was completed being incomplete, I couldn't have got a better deal!
I bought the bike back in November of 2012, and come spring 2013, I joined the Renaissance Festival, touring the country wide on my humble 650 Silverado. The stock seat permits too much vibration and gets too flat and uncomfortable after only a few hours, but there are countless affordable aftermarket seats that fix that trivial problem with ease. The bike has been subjected to the weather the entire time of my ownership, and still stubbornly strides on. Stubborn as a mule. There have been times I wished for a bigger bike. But when I consider function and efficiency, reliability and cost of upkeep. The 650 star takes the money. Every time. The bike looks beautiful off the lot, too, but so too is it conveniently simple to make it your own.
The bike sounds wound at highway speeds when you have that stock exhaust, but still has plenty enough power to get out of sticky situations; top speed according to my speedometer was 90-96mph. Takes a bit of mmph after about 80mph, and has a slight but notable loss of power between 55-65mph, but then again it's about time for a carb and valve adjustment.
On a parting note, after driving my Yamaha, I have decided... no, I was convinced I will never again long for a Harley. Yamaha has a slew of bikes for whatever I could desire, and a slew of customization options with a reliability I didn't even have when I owned an automobile! Ha!
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th August, 2016