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2008 Yamaha Star Raider Photo Gallery
Yamaha taps the custom world for styling cues on its 2008 Star Raider including a chopped-out rake, raised handlebars, and the widest tire yet in its 'Liner line.
Photos of the 2008 Yamaha Star Raider.
2008 Star Raider First Ride
The tall front, wide rear tire combo give riders plenty of confidence when corners require a little lean action.
While there's plenty of classic lines on the Raider, Star has sprinkled in enough custom cues to make it attractive to both young and old-school riders
Power is delivered by a 113 cubic-inch air-cooled engine set at a 48-degree angle that reaches max torque low in the rev range at 2500 rpm.
The air cooled, pushrod 48-degree V-Twin of the Raider has four valves and two spark plugs per cylinder.
Star has further drawn on trends coming out of the custom world by routing the switchgear wiring cleanly inside the pullback handlebars and tank-mounting the instrument console.
Why is this man smiling? The 2008 Yamaha Star Raider has that affect on people.
Star went wider than ever before on the backside on the Raider with a sweet low-profile 210/40-18 radial.
The 21-inch tall and 120mm wide Metzeler up front keeps riders firmly planted on the road.
When it comes time for chassis testing, the mountain roads surrounding our Southern Oregon HQ are proven testing grounds.
Don't let the cool disposition fool you. I was ready to unleash the mighty 113 cubic-inch mill and squeal some tires as soon as the light turned green.
Star Motorcycles did an admirable job of off-setting the amount of chrome cruiser riders demand with plenty of blacked-out components.
With a low center of gravity and a grounded feel at the handlebars, the Raider was easy to navigate even at slow speeds.
Up front, the Raider boasts twin 298mm discs with powerful monoblock calipers applying the stopping pressure.
It's gorgeous fall days like this that make you want to keep on riding and never return to the office.
Motorcycle by Yamaha. Mt. McLoughlin courtesy of Mother Nature.
Even without color there's little that reduces the luster of the chrome engine and pipes of Star's Raider.
Do not adjust the settings on your computer screen. This is just another episode of 'Fun with Photoshop.'
The tank-mounted console has large, easy-to-read numbers and dials on its analog speedo and includes a fuel guage along with dual tripmeters.
Ah, the beauty of fall colors in Southern Oregon are even more enjoyable when you've got 1854cc of power cranking between your legs.
The 2008 Yamaha Star Raider is an industrial-strength motorcycle with power and handling to go along with its handsome good looks.
We didn't need the dyno charts on the 2008 Star Raider to know that power comes on strong early in the rev range, but the results from our Dynojet 200i confirm Yamaha's horsepower and torque claims.
The pullback bars left me in an upright, arms-forward riding position.
If Star was aiming to build a performance-based cruiser, the Raider lives up to its billing.
The Raider's 2-1-2 exhaust system comes equipped with an Exhaust Ultimate Power valve (EXUP) to help boost mid-range torque and an O2 sensor to help keep it green.
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