Church of MO: 1999 Yamaha Road Star

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By John Burns

Twenty years ago, cruisers were bigger than their riders, and every manufacturer wanted a place at the table. Surely largeness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives, and we shall dwell in the house of the Tuning Fork forever.


First Impression: 1999 Yamaha Road Star

By MO Staff Jan. 27, 1999
LOS ANGELES, CA January 27, 1999 — Every so often, the staff at MO encounters an e-mail from a reader reciting his wish list of motorcycles. Often the letter is written in the form of a “what if” question. For example, one reader e-mailed us and pondered what would happen if Japanese sportbikes looked as good as Italian sportbikes. He’d buy one, he said. The same question has been asked by many Japanese sportbike owners who said that if Italian sportbikes were built under the same quality control standards as their Japanese competition, they would buy one as well.
Manufacturers also ask these questions, although when they do answer it is usually in the form of a new motorcycle. Apparently, a few of Yamaha’s engineers sat around and pondered the universe of heavyweight cruiser motorcycles. What if they could combine the best elements of Japanese and American cruiser motorcycles? They’d most likely create a bike that was elemental in design, one that begged to be customized, possessed strong character and attitude yet was still very reliable and functional and incorporated some of the latest advancements in motorcycle technology, all while produced exacting quality control standards. Hmmmmm … They must have figured they’d sell a lot of them.

Yamaha answered this question with the new Road Star, an air-cooled, big-bore, V-twin heavyweight cruiser motorcycle that attempts to combine American character and attitude with Japanese technological advancements and quality control standards. While the Road Star is not a revolutionary motorcycle, the Road …read more

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