2014 Yamaha Star Raider: Merging Style And Substance
A few of the top cruisers on the market will have you feeling as if you’re riding a completely custom machine – without the work. The new 2014 Yamaha Star Raider looks to be just that type of ride, combining the sleek style of a custom cruiser with the consistent performance expected on a popular motorcycle.
There’s a lot to like about the 2014 Yamaha Raider. It comes from the manufacturer’s Star brand, so riders can have peace of mind knowing it is a reliable machine capable of handling anything on the road.
The rev of the engine on the 2014 Yamaha Raider shows off the power this machine packs. With an air-cooled V-Twin engine producing an impressive amount of torque at just 2,500 rpm, you’ll be able to power through any journey with ease. A displacement of 1,854cc also contributes to the notable output, which reaches its capacity at 4,500 rpm and offers top-of-the-line acceleration. The Yamaha’s motor uses a traditional pushrod design to give the machine a low center of gravity. In addition to creating safer heat dissipation, this change allows the motorcycle to have easy handling and quick response to rider controls – quite a feat for a ride of this size.
A double-cradle frame provides the basis for the 2014 Yamaha Raider. Despite the solid build of the machine, it uses an all-aluminum cast frame, which helps to keep the weight down to a surprising and manageable 730 pounds. This contributes to the agility of the machine – not something typically found in these large cruisers. Also enhancing the athletic style of the Raider is the low seat, which sits at just 27.4 inches above the ground. It’s sculpted to still provide comfort for riders, who can sit back and enjoy the smooth journey thanks to a hidden rear shock and a strong master cylinder serving as the front brake.
If you’re on the hunt for a cruiser that will leave you feeling special, the 2014 Yamaha Raider may be just for you. Its custom control panel has an odometer, twin tripmeters, analog speedometer, fuel gauge and more, all of which has been mounted on a tank for a unique look.
Last but certainly not least, the appearance of the 2014 Raider can satisfy even the most selective riders. With chrome accents and a bright red paint job, the motorcycle is sure to turn heads on the road. An LED taillight and amber turn signals complete the exterior.
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