2011 Yamaha Raider

2011 Yamaha Raider
MSRP $14,490

If you want totally custom but would rather ride than wrench, have a look at the Raider by Star Motorcycles. A 6-degree yoke angle—the first ever on a street-legal Star Motorcycle—makes it possible to achieve that custom look as well as neutral handling and straight-line cruisability: 33-degree rake plus 6 degrees yoke angle gives total rake of 39 degrees and 102mm of trail. Custom 5-spoke wheels carry a 120/70-21-inch bias tire up front, and a wide, 210/40-18 radial out back—the tallest and widest ever on a Star.

Engine TypeV-twin OHV, 4 valves/cylinder
Engine Displacement1854cc
Bore Stroke100.0 mm x 118.0 mm
Compression Ratio9.48:1
Fuel SystemTwin-Bore electronic fuel injection; throttle position sensor
IgnitionTCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Starting SystemElectric
Transmission5-speed, multiplate wet clutch
Final DriveBelt
Rake TrailNA
Seat Height27.4 in.
Wheelbase70.9 in.
Front SuspensionTelescopic fork; 5.1-in travel
Rear SuspensionSwingarm; 3.5-in travel
Front BrakeDual hydraulic disc, 298mm
Rear BrakeHydraulic disc, 310mm
Front Tire120/70-21
Rear Tire210/40-18
Fuel Capacity4.2 gal.
Dry Weight729.9 lbs. (Wet)

2011 Performance Cruiser Smackdown

2011 Performance Cruiser Smackdown

Motorcycle USA flogs five of the hottest performance cruisers and one wild-card entry in the 2011 Performance Cruiser Smackdown. Find out which twin cylinder hot rod takes the top honors in this test of muscle.