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Bobber, Barhopper, What is Star's Next Bike?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Mystery Star II.
Star Motorcycles has provided glimpses of its newest cruiser, set to debut March 9 at 9 a.m. (PST), but the exact direction Star chose for its styling remains a mystery.
Mystery Star seat.
Star had Mike McFadden's meticulous XS650 (below) on display at its Long Beach IMS booth.
Dave McFaddens XS650 Special at the Long Beach IMS.
Will Star use cues from bikes like the bold bobber below on its new motorcycle? Find out March 9th.
Stars Tim Olson with killer Yamaha bobber at Long Beach IMS.
“Less is More.” So states Star Motorcycles as it begins the countdown for the release of its latest cruiser motorcycle. When we hear that, we think of cutting and hacking stuff off motorcycles. What that means to Star, we’ll have to wait 16 more days to find out as the official announcement won’t be revealed until March 9 at 9 a.m. (PST).

Until then, we’ve checked out the picture and have watched the teaser video several times and admit we like what we see so far. In the silhouette of the picture announcing its release, it looks like the neck sits high and the bars are short and straight with a small tank sitting high on the backbone. The rake doesn’t look overly pronounced while the front hoop looks to be in the 21-inch range with cast spoked wheels. The fender’s cut tight and is fairly short. A V-Twin engine will provide the punch while slotted exhaust shields streak down the right side. The engine’s cylinder fins have been machined but otherwise it’s black, and most of the visible covers are matte black. A peek at the backside in the picture shows exposed dual shocks and a fairly slim rear and a small solo seat that tapers at its connecting point to the tank. Other attractive traits glimpsed in the video include high-intensity LEDs for lights and wave rotors for back brakes. Could Star have been bold enough to build a production bobber?

One thing we do know is that Star has been paying close attention to what’s going on in the custom motorcycle scene using their bikes as a platform. We’ve seen some extraordinary XS650 bobbers and choppers at shows lately, from Sgt. Tom Green’s scoot at The ONE Motorcycle Show to Mike McFadden’s 1980 XS650 Special at Star’s booth at the Long Beach IMS.

Maybe McFadden’s motorcycle provides clues as to the direction Star took, with a five-inch-over stretched frame and big 21-inch wheels in a tight and tidy package. But we know they didn’t source a Parallel Twin for power. So who knows, maybe the clean, low-slung bobber with the low-profile tank and fat backside white-wall Star had onstage at the Long Beach IMS is the prototype and they used it as a litmus test to see how the public reacted to its design. This, of course, is merely our own meanderings which down amount to a hill of beans. We might be totally off course, but needless to say we’re excited to see what Star has in store.

Find out exactly what “Less is More” means to Star Motorcycles March 9th, 9 a.m.

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Dexxter   February 23, 2013 12:33 AM
There are already a more-than-adequate number of huge and obscenely-heavy cruisers. I would be seriously interested in an air-cooled, metric V-twin competitor to the Sportster, ie., lighter, with closer-to-standard frame geometry and wheelbase.
Piglet2010   February 21, 2013 10:52 PM
Yamaha/Star needs to build a touring version of the V-Max to compete with the Ducati Diavel Strada - would be a hoot compared to the low-revving, modest-power V-twin baggers.
woodco100   February 21, 2013 11:28 AM
And of course a batwing or frame mount fairing.
woodco100   February 21, 2013 11:27 AM
What they need is a real bagger. 6 speed, dauls, 5+ gallons, cruise, gauges, stereo, FI, big hard bags. Y'know, like HD and now Victory sell a lot of.
DocNick   February 21, 2013 05:37 AM
Prediction: a very Sportster-like bobber styled bike based on the 950 engine, possibly smaller.