I got to ride one for about 15 feet the other day when the owner got arrested at the local 76 gas station for DUI. It was blocking traffic when I happened by to fill up the ex-Kawazaki, and the station owned tapped me for a hand in moving the beast.
Neat bike, but it was damn difficult finding the igniiton switch.
I was impressed with the clutch and transmission. Gee whizz. Should have rode it around the block I guess.
Y' know, calling them "Star" motorcycles isn't going to fool anyone. Everyone knows they are Yamahas, just like everyone knows that Acuras are Hondas (with lockwashers). People are stupid enough to pay thousands extra for a mere name, witness Lexus's rebadged Toyota Land Cruisers, so you can't really blame Yammmerhammer for trying.
And there's something wrong with being a Yamahaha? Albeit an upscale one? I mean, jeez, you've got to show off all that fooforaw somewhere, right? And to look upon one and see "YAMAHA" on the tank would be, well, diss-apointing to say the least.
Personally I'm looking forward to the upscale line of Urals re-badged as Urinators. They have tail lights like '58 Buick Specials. Gothic man. Gothic.
Neat dare-streak styling! Wow! Thundermatic 6000 V-2 power! AutoFlite Touch-N-Go GrindoMatic Shifting! 4% Smoother with Triple Turbine Surgemaster Injection! New Gyro-Cloud Full-Spring Suspension. New saddle material of WondaWeeve, the new double-strength material-like substance! Naturally available in Abyssinian Mauve, Foamfroth White, Thuringian Indigo & Tijuana Gold!
Rather than crib from the Word of McCall, I'd better get in my 1954 DeSoto, fire up the tube type radio, put on some smooooth tunes and get to work. Maybe later I'll get in the Lockheed Connie and fly down to HQ for some stupid meeting in the godforsaken wastelands of SW FL.
Heighooooo, Silver! Time to go! My Hopalong Cassidy watch just said so!
Is anyone else as unimpressed as I? MAYBE someday somebody will use retro right.
I guess it's easier to dredge up old American 50's car lingo than to actually engineer something original. First, they copied Harley, and now they go this way....with their Harley copy. Pretty sad for a company that declared the V-Twin an 'inferior engine design' in the 80's and wanted to teach Harley how to make a proper inline four. Oh, I forgot, V-twins weren't selling then. I forgot another thing. This isn't Yamaha! It's Star! Somebody please tell me this is nothing but a bad joke, and Yamaha will spill the beans and say it was really just a big gag. Classic?? Retro?? Give me a break.