+ 2015 Motorcycles
+ 2014 Motorcycles
+ 2013 Motorcycles
+ 2012 Motorcycles
+ 2011 Motorcycles
+ 2010 Motorcycles
+ 2009 Motorcycles
+ 2008 Motorcycles
+ 2007 Motorcycles
+ 2006 Motorcycles
+ 2005 Motorcycles
+ 2004 Motorcycles
+ 2003 Motorcycles
+ 2002 Motorcycles
+ 2001 Motorcycles
+ 2000 Motorcycles
+ 1970-1999 Models
+ 2009-2013 ATVs
+ Concept Bikes
Guides & Resources
+ Beginner's Guide
+ Bikers Dictionary
+ Buyers Guide
+ Concept Bike Guide
+ Compare Bike/ATVs
+ Fuel Economy Guide
+ Maintenance Guide
+ Mfg Compendium
+ Model History Guide
+ Motorcycle Cool Wall
+ Motorcycle Events
+ Motorcycle News
+ Motorcycle Reviews
+ Performance Guide
+ Product Reviews
+ Restoration Tips
+ Specs Handbook
+ Tire/Tyre Guide
+ TMW Museum
+ TMW Interviews
+ Travel Guide
+ Shopping Guide
+ Unit Converter Guide
+ Moto Guzzi
+ MV Agusta
+ Royal Enfield
+ Motorcycle Forums
+ Photo Gallery
+ Become a TMW fan!
+ On Facebook
+ On Google Plus
+ On Twitter
+ On YouTube
+ RSS News Feed
+ RSS Forum Feed
+ Old Photo Galleries
+ Contests & Prizes
+ TMW T-Shirts
+ Search This Site
+ Add us to your site
Advertising & Media
+ Advertise on TMW
+ Our Sponsors
+ Contact Us
+ TMW Recognition
+ TMW Staff
+ Our Motorcycles
+ Our Ride Photos
+ Site Map
All content on Total Motorcycle is copyright protected and actively monitored by DMCA Protection Services.
Click photos to enlarge.
They make great desktop images.
2012 Yamaha Road Star S Review
S is for Striking.
102-cubic-inch V-twin in a classic hardtail-looking steel frame with ample chrome accents
The 2012 Yamaha Road Star S features a fuel injected V-twin engine with muscle to burn and plenty of chrome. It's as easy on the eyes as it is easy to ride. Another winner in the legendary Star series.
Though it's available in a metallic black lacquer - this Star is sure to light up the road with its radiant good looks and brilliant chrome.
Gleaming chrome, a retro seat and loads of torquey muscle will have you itching to ride. Swing a leg over, fire up the massive fuel injected V-twin engine, and then settle in for a nice long ride.
Built to preform and customize like nothing else.
The 2012 Yamaha Road Star S is one of the most customized air-cooled V-twins in the business... and with good reason too. It simply looks good, due mostly to the classic appeal of that hardtail looking steel frame and all the classic looking hardware that goes with it. The 2012 Road Star S gets even more chrome accents to the front end including chrome switchgear, front brake master cylinder, front fork and levers.
2012 Yamaha Road Star S Highlights and Key Features:
Fuel Consumption ± 15kpl/43mpg(Imp)
Fuel injected 1,670cc V-twin
Black and chrome detailing
The Road Star S gets chrome accents to the front end and Stainless
Steel braided throttle and clutch cables, front fork and levers.
Electronic fuel injection provides easy cold starting and flawless
fuel delivery at nearly all altitudes and in nearly any conditions.
102-cubic-inch (1670cc) V-twin powered beauty in a long and low hardtail-look
frame, with plenty of customization potential built in. Modern engineering
and materials, including ceramic-composite cylinder liners for superior heat
Air cooling, hydraulic valve lifters, and belt final drive reduce maintenance
requirements to a minimum.
Estimated 36 mpg* means this cruiser is in for a long haul between
The Star® Accessories Catalog is packed full of high-quality parts
that invite Star owners to fully express their individuality.
2012 Yamaha Road Star S Features and Benefits
1,670cc, air-cooled, long-stroke, OHV, 8-valve, 48° V-twin powerplant pumps out lots of low-rpm torque for unparalleled acceleration and cruising performance.
4 valves per cylinder provide optimum breathing efficiency while 2 spark plugs per cylinder ensure complete combustion for maximum power output.
Hydraulic valve lifters driven by twin crankcase-mounted camshafts deliver exceptional performance and reduce maintenance needs.
Traditional pushrod valve actuation keeps overall engine height down for a lower centre of gravity.
Large-diameter, forged pistons offer great durability and lighter weight for fast response.
Ceramic composite-plated cylinders provide uniform heat dissipation, reduce weight, reduce friction and increase cylinder service life.
Cooling fin thickness is optimized for maximum heat dissipation, thereby eliminating the need for liquid cooling, maintaining that traditional clean, air-cooled engine appearance.
Electronic fuel injection with TPS. This system features a single 40mm throttle body with dual injectors (one for each cylinder). The throttle position sensor is linked to the ECU and supplies info about throttle opening so the ECU can adjust ignition timing for optimum engine performance at all rpms.
High-capacity air intake system with paper type air filter provides maximum breathing for optimum performance.
Smooth-shifting, 5-speed transmission with 5th gear overdrive delivers outstanding cruising performance and reduced rpms at highway speeds.
Clean, quiet belt drive system is extremely low- maintenance and simplifies customization. Special narrow design drive belt and sprockets (front and rear) provide lightweight performance and exceptional durability.
Dry sump lubrication system with handy spin-on oil filter, creates a lower centre of gravity by helping reduce overall engine height.
Large-flywheel crankshaft delivers superior, low-rpm torque and that incredible V-twin "pulse" feel.
2-piece heel-and-toe shifter adds versatility and enhances the overall cruising experience. 2-piece design allows the rider to individually adjust front and rear portions to suit foot size or remove the rear section if not desired.
Electric starting system features solenoid-activated auto-decompressor for easy, no-hassle starting.
2-into-2 exhaust system features beefy, staggered, dual shotgun pipes that produce a soulful V-twin exhaust tune. Muffler replacement is fast and simple, if desired.
Air Induction System (A.I.S.) reduces harmful exhaust emissions (CO + HC).
Lots of high quality chrome engine covers.
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION
Solid-mounted engine housed in a specially designed gusset-less, double-cradle steel frame features a stylish 32° rake.
Long 1,685mm (66.3") wheelbase creates a long and low retro profile, great rider comfort and solid, stable handling.
Spacious ergonomics provide ample legroom, which maximizes rider comfort.
43mm front forks with large-diameter covers and 140mm (5.5") of wheel travel smooth out the ride.
Spring preload-adjustable, single-shock rear link suspension lowers centre of gravity for excellent handling and a plush ride. Rear wheel travel is 110mm (4.3").
Rear shock is horizontally mounted under the engine and tucked out of sight for that classic, hardtail look.
Dual 298mm front disc brakes feature one-piece, 4-piston calipers with chrome "buttons" accenting the outer piston covers.
320mm rear disc brake with 4-piston caliper provides excellent stopping power and feel.
Separate rider and passenger seats provide lots of support and comfort. Passenger seat can be easily removed.
Full-size, floating-type rider floorboards are roomy and comfortably positioned while also helping reduce vibration.
Separate sub frame positioned under deeply valanced rear fender allows easy customization with numerous accessible mounting points.
Deeply valanced steel fenders combine timeless styling with rugged durability and easy customization.
Nine-spoke, cast aluminum front and rear wheels not only reduce weight and maintenance (no spokes to tighten), but they also add a sportier styling image to the Road Star S. Since these are mag wheels, they are fitted with bias ply, tubeless-type tires.
18 litre fuel tank provides an exceptional cruising range. The FI electric fuel pump is located inside the tank. Fuel tank seam is hidden for that clean, custom look.
Wide, swept-back, 1"-diameter, rubber-mounted handlebars are easy to reach and help to reduce vibration on the rider's hands.
Beautiful braided steel-look throttle and clutch cables enhance that the Road Star's stylish custom look and image.
Tank-mounted speedometer features an extremely stylish design with raised 3D marks to highlight the speed graduations. Instrumentation includes odometer, dual tripmeters, clock and a fuel gauge plus a range of indicator lights.
Diamond-shaped, LED rear taillight with white lens looks like it is straight off a fully customized machine. The LED design not only provides a bright light, but also uses less power.
Stylish turn signals with custom looking clear lenses are self-canceling
Rear turn signal mounting bracket is beautifully chromed and features a built-in
license plate light. It is small details like this that separate the Star
series of cruisers from the rest of the crowd.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS / FEATURES
Industry-leading Star family fit and finish features rich, lustrous paint and extensive chrome accents creating a machine as stunning as it is powerful.
Extra wide chromed front brake and clutch levers provide a quality feel.
3-dimensional, fuel tank-mounted Road Star logo
Seat and steering locks are integrated into the main ignition switch for extra convenience.
Handy, dual under seat helmet holders
Powerful, 12V 60/55-watt, halogen headlight maximizes nighttime visibility.
Low-maintenance, sealed battery ensures fuss-free, dependable starting.
In-tank electric fuel pump
Beautifully chromed, 43mm front fork assembly, upper triple clamp, handlebar holder, switch gear, master cylinder and levers
Blacked-out engine with polished cooling fin edges
High quality metallic black lacquer paint scheme
Factory-installed passing lamp relay speeds the installation of the accessory
passing lamp kit available through Yamaha Genuine Parts and Accessories.
2012 Yamaha Road Star S - USA Specifications/Technical Details
MSRP* $13,490 (Raven) 49 ST November/CA March '12
Type 102-cubic-inch (1670cc) air-cooled 48° V-twin; pushrod OHV, 4 valves/cylinder
Bore x Stroke 97mm x 113mm
Compression Ratio 8.3:1
Fuel Delivery Fuel injection
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission 5-speed, wide-ratio; multiplate wet clutch
Final Drive Belt
Frame Steel; hidden shock
Suspension / Front 43mm fork; 5.5-in travel
Suspension / Rear Single shock; 4.3-in travel
Brakes / Front Dual hydraulic disc, 298mm
Brakes / Rear Hydraulic disc, 320mm
Tires / Front 130/90-16
Tires / Rear 150/80-16
Wheels 9-spoke cast
Length 98.40 in
Width 38.6 in
Height 44.9 in
Seat Height 27.9 in
Wheelbase 66.5 in
Ground Clearance 5.7 in
Fuel Capacity 4.8 gal
Fuel Economy** 36 mpg
Wet Weight*** 743 lb
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)
2012 Yamaha Road Star S - Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: See dealer for pricing in CDN
Engine Air-cooled, OHV, 8-valves, 48°, V-twin
Bore and Stroke 97 x 113mm
Compression Ratio 8.4:1
Maximum Torque 13.9kg-m (100.5ft-lb) @ 2,500rpm
Fuel Delivery 40mm throttle body FI
Estimated Fuel Consumption* 15kpl / 43mpg (Imp.)
Ignition / Starting TCI / Electric
Transmission Wide ratio 5-speed
Final Drive Belt
Suspension (Front) 43mm fork
Suspension (Rear) Adjustable link Monocross
Brakes (Front) Dual 298mm discs
Brakes (Rear) 320mm disc
Tires (Front) 130/90-16
Tires (Rear) 150/80-16
Dimensions / Technical Details
Length 2,500mm (98.4")
Width 980mm (38.6")
Height 1,140mm (44.9")
Wheelbase 1,688mm (66.5")
Seat Height 710mm (28")
Fuel Capacity 18 litres (3.4 imp. gal.)
Wet Weight 337 kg (743 lb)
Colour(s) Metallic Black
± Fuel economy estimates are based on US EPA exhaust emission certification
data obtained by Yamaha and converted into Canadian measurements. Your actual
mileage will vary depending on road condition, how you ride, maintain your
vehicle, accessories, cargo and operator/passenger weight.
Specifications, appearance, and price of product are subject to change without notice.
* MSRP does not include freight, PDI (Pre Delivery Inspection), pre-rigging (boats), or taxes. Dealer may sell for less. See your local dealer for out the door pricing.
2012 Yamaha Road Star S - European Specifications/Technical Details
European MSRP Price: NA
Model not available in Europe.