Upon using the 2018 Yamaha Star Enterprise and its stripped-down sibling the Star Eluder–each outfitted with Yamaha’s 113ci (1,854cc) air-cooled V-twin powerplant—we had been keen to check the claimed 126 pound-feet torque output on our in-house DynoJet 250i dynamometer. Our resident dyno tech, Will Steenrod pushed the stripped-down Yamaha bagger by its paces and, because it turned out, its claims weren’t that far off the mark.
After warming the bike to working temperature and some fourth-gear roll-on runs, our greatest run outcome netted 112 pound-feet of torque at 2,650 rpm and 76.36 hp @ four,170 rpm. The fantastic thing about Yamaha’s low-end torque machine is that it doesn’t violently shake when rolling on the throttle within the low rpm vary as a result of it’s outfitted with twin counterbalancers. The Eluder additionally comes outfitted with traction management and Yamaha’s D-mode, which permits on-the-fly throttle-response changes from Sport to Tour with the push of a button (positioned on the best swap cluster).