2011 Yamaha Raider S

Written by Randy Hayes on June 23rd, 2011. Posted in Yamaha

The Yamaha manufacturer has started the Star line a few years ago in order to enter the cruiser motorcycle market. It was not easy because this market is already dominated by other companies from America who, unlike Yamaha, have been doing this for over a decade. Over the years the company has reached perfection as far as cruiser motorcycles are concerned but there is one category which is constantly evolving: the boulevard cruiser. Since we are in 2011 the best representative of this kind is the Star Raider S which unites all the specific features: steel lines, big engine, fat rear tires and raked front ends.

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The 2011 model is bigger than the 2010 model. It has a bigger fuel tank: 4.2 gallon, which is bigger than the 4.1 gallon tank featured on the 2010 Raider and the bike is heavier, weighing 729.9 pounds while the other model weighed 692 pounds with the tank full.

However there are some similarities such as the size of the rimes, the power of the engine and the weight without the tank full of gas. The size of the rims is of 210/40-18 inch radial tire in the rear and of 120/70-21 inch tire in the front. Both the 2011 and the 2010 weigh 730 pounds without fuel in the tank and the engine is a V-twin four cylinder with an 1854cc air cooled. The size of each model is of 45.9 inches in length, 36.4 inches wide and 101.2 inches high.

The engine
The engine is of 113 cubic inch with a 48-degree V-twin torque which can reach up to 2500 rpm and the speed of 2000 horsepower. The efficiency of the combustion is maximized by the twin spark plugs per cylinder. The frame is all made from aluminum which the Stars manufacturers claim to be its tuned for “light, athletic handling”. This is quite an impressive claim when you take into consideration that the Yamaha Raider S had a stunning appeal all thanks to the 39 degree rake angle with 102 mm of trail.

The Rider S models are equipped with chrome triple clamps, air box covers, fork sliders, engine covers, handlebar risers and headlight housing and these are not all. This bike is slightly aggressive but has a flared tail section, meaning a 210/40-18 rear tire which is the widest offer coming from the Yamaha Star Raider S models available on the market.

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