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2012 Star Raider SCL First Look

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
2012 Star Raider SCL.2012 Star Raider SCL.Factory produced customized parts on the 2012 Star Raider SCL include Wheels  seat  belt guard  cables  paint and tank badge.
The Star Raider SCL is Star Motorcycles newest concept offering factory customization dubbed the Star Custom Line.
Last year Yamaha Star Cruisers introduced the all-new 2011 Star Stryker, an affordable performance driven machine gleaming with fresh factory custom cruiser style. Read more in our 2011 Star Stryker First Ride. With the Stryker bridging the gap between its big brother, the 1854cc Raider, and its nephew, the V Star 950, it left us wondering what could be next from Yamaha’s cruiser division.

After extensive research and input from focus groups, Star Motorcycles announced it will be furthering its presence in the factory custom market with the release of the 2012 Star Raider SCL, with SCL standing for Star Custom Line. The new Raider SCL will be limited to a production run of 500 and will be released in the year 2012. By limiting numbers, Star hopes to create a true factory custom with “unmatched style and quality at an affordable price.”

The 2012 Star Raider SCL comes with distinct features inspired by the custom cruiser market. A six-layer paint process combines custom quality, high-metallic Blazing Orange paint with metal flake developed exclusively for Star Motorcycles. Custom graphics cover the bike along with a special SCL tank badge made of metal with an exclusive hologram integrated onto the badge which marks the production number of the bike and reminds the owner that it is one of only 500 in production. Braided stainless steel throttle cables and clutch and brake lines have been designed specifically for the Raider SCL adding another distinguished detail to the bikes look. Star and Performance Machine collaborated on the custom 5-spoke wheels with a matching chrome pulley and belt guard which furthers the Raider SCL’s production custom look as does its genuine leather two-tone seat with orange stitching and embossed SCL logo. Ring up the custom treatment individually and there’s more than $6000 worth of work in the SCL if you were to customize the motorcycle with aftermarket parts.

At the heart of the Raider SCL is the standard Raider S engine, a potent 113 cubic-inch fuel-injected V-Twin with 1854cc of power. The chassis and suspension are stock as well, with the rake continuing to be set at a deceptive 39-degree angle. Star designed the SCL to be custom in its look without compromising its reliability and performance. In concept, Star Motorcycles intends on producing limited edition factory customs on future models offering style and quality rarely seen on production motorcycles and 2012 marks the beginning of the Star Custom Line. Launching the SCL line with its flagship cruiser model the Raider makes perfect sense.

Pricing on the Star Raider SCL will be set at $19,990, an amount which makes it very competitive among factory custom cruisers on the market today. Star Motorcycles has a reputation for providing quality cruisers at a reasonable price point, but seldom do you find a limited edition factory custom for under $20,000.

View more of Star Motorcycles latest cruisers with new upgrades and options available in our 2012 Yamaha Star Cruiser Models Photo Gallery.
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Piglet2010   September 19, 2011 06:53 PM
Glen - I am averaging over 55 mpg on my Honda NT700V, and while some might not consider it fun due to having less than 120-HP at the rear wheel, lacking tire smoking torque (still faster than anything non-exotic on 4 wheels) or race-bike handling, it is a lot more fun than a 4-wheel cage. Practical too, with a very comfortable riding position, good wind protection and built in saddlebags and glove boxes. But hardly anyone in the US wants one (the sales manager at my local Honda dealer seemed grateful to get it off the sales floor that is full of cruisers and sport bikes).
Glen   September 17, 2011 08:04 AM
Piglet2010, The problem with "real world transportation" is that with traffic so heavy in some places you don't fell safe on a scooter. Jimmihaffa, Even if this Star was $15,000 Harley pretty much has that price bracket locked up. Mitch, I think the Venture is about perfect the way it is now. But with BMW trying their hand at unseating Honda maybe some refinements are in order.
Piglet2010   September 16, 2011 10:56 PM
You do have to wonder how many people in the current economy will continue to buy what are basically toys, rather than efficient and *fun* bikes that work as real world transportation?
jimmihaffa   September 15, 2011 10:18 AM
I paid $8500 for my Vulcan 2000 new, non current. Not seeing much more value in this bike. You can pretty much lop $5000 right off the top of the asking price if they want to unseat some prospective Harley riders.
Mitch   September 15, 2011 06:39 AM
Seeing as how these are limited to a production run of 500 I don't believe Yamaha will have to much trouble selling most of them. The point to models like these are more showroom eye candy and press attention then profit. Would love to see that monster engine in a new touring platform though. I can only imagine the next generation Venture is just around the corner.
Glen   September 15, 2011 06:20 AM
$20,000 dollars for a Star custom cruiser affordable? What's up with this? Didn't they learn from their new Vmax that people with this kind of cash buy 'Merican. Their whole market is based on lower income households who otherwise couldn't ride if domestic was their only choice. Every time you look online at dealers with "new old stock" you'll find that they are trying to unload a high priced Yamaha or other import cruiser.