Overview of the 2002 Yamaha Highway Star and Highway Star Warrior

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2002 Yamaha Road Star

The 2002 Yamaha Highway Star retains its basic American type.

James Brown

This text was initially revealed within the April 2002 difficulty of Motorbike Cruiser.

Yamaha scored a stable hit in 1999 when it launched the Highway Star. After a three-year try to draw premium cruiser consumers with its V-Four powered Royal Stars, which missed the goal, the success of the Highway Star lastly gave the corporate some impetus on the high of the cruiser market. The engine, formed by what consumers informed Yamaha they needed in a giant cruiser, was air-cooled, had pushrod-operated valves (4 per cylinder), and packed loads of displacement. In ’99, its 1602cc made it the most important full-production V-twin available on the market.

Now in its fourth 12 months, the Highway Star is nearly unchanged. It retains the basic American type it was born with. Full fenders sweep over broad 16-inch wire-spoke wheels. Fats fork tubes attain up previous the massive headlight to a large handlebar. A giant speedometer nestles into the highest of the 5.Three-gallon gas tank. Floorboards affirm the relaxed character of the motorbike. The big triangular chrome airbox and staggered twin mufflers body the tall cylinders on the best. On the left, a belt delivers energy to the rear wheel beneath a chrome guard. The worth is $10,999 or $200 extra if you would like two-tone paint.

2002 Yamaha Road Star

The beasts beneath the Yamaha Highway Star (left) and the Warrior (proper).

James Brown

Though Yamaha has made a Silverado (windshield and leather-based saddlebags) model of the Highway Star and a Midnight Star version (with extra chrome and polished components and a deep black shade), the Warrior is the primary important variation on the Highway Star. The Warrior is nearly completely new, though it is constructed across the similar primary 48-degree v-twin design. As a substitute of the easygoing strategy of the Highway Star, the Warrior is trying to kick some ass. New cylinders with larger bores push displacement to 1670cc, and new heads circulation extra combination to the combustion chambers, enhance cooling and provide further power. New camshaft profiles elevate its pulse too, and redesigned rockers accommodate the extra rpm. To assist get combination into the engine, there’s a new fuel-injection system with two 40mm our bodies changing the usual Highway Star’s single 40mm carb. It plugs into an expanded airbox community, which displaces a few of the gas to an extra tank beneath the seat, although whole capability is simply Four.zero gallons. Two equal-length header pipes transfer exhaust gases to that enormous single canister muffler. The ratios within the five-speed are juggled, although all are decrease than the usual Star counterparts. The powerplant is completed in black.

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The chassis is much more unique than the engine, with an all-aluminum body and swingarm that shorten the wheelbase over half an inch and steepen the steering head for extra responsive dealing with. The 41mm inverted fork and dual-disc entrance brake parts have been lifted from the R1 sportbike and grafted to light-weight three-spoke forged wheels mounting radial tires, a 120/70-18 in entrance and a large 200/50-17 on the six-inch broad rear wheel. The styling asserts the Warrior’s aggressive nature, with a fantastically curved gas tank, minimal fenders, a small headlight, and a skinny saddle that offers solely the briefest concession to a passenger. That lack of two-up intent is seconded by the passenger pegs, that are positioned very excessive. Distinctive, blue-lit instrumentation features a tachometer and a number of LCD home windows. The Warrior lists for $11,999.

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