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post #1 of 66 (permalink) Old 06-28-2018, 07:36 AM Thread Starter
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We are orphans now...

This story came out two years ago, that Yamaha was shutting down its vstar line. https://rideapart.com/articles/say-g...ar-motorcycles

I know there was a thread on this a year ago or more, I dont know what words to search to find it, but at the time it really did not sink in.

Today I went to the Yamaha motorcycle website, and the only bikes listed under the '2018 cruiser' section are the bolt and the Vstar 250.

We are orphans now.

Im taking this personally. The home I was born in and lived in for 18 years was torn down several years ago.
The elementary school I went to from K to 8th grade was torn down and replaced with a post office.
The previous 4 cars I purchased new were Saturns.

I own the most reliable motorcycle on the market, and the company doesnt want to build them anymore - or any of the other vstar bikes Im thinking of getting next year.

I think its me! Its like someone traveled back in time, and my life is being erased.
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This story came out two years ago, that Yamaha was shutting down its vstar line. https://rideapart.com/articles/say-g...ar-motorcycles

I know there was a thread on this a year ago or more, I dont know what words to search to find it, but at the time it really did not sink in.

Today I went to the Yamaha motorcycle website, and the only bikes listed under the 'crusier' section are the bolt and the Vstar 250.

We are orphans now.

Im taking this personally. The home I was born in and lived in for 18 years was torn down several years ago.
The elementary school I went to was torn down and replaced with a post office.
The previous 4 cars I purchased new were Saturns.

I own the most reliable motorcycle on the market, and the company doesnt want to build them anymore - or any of the other vstar bikes Im thinking of getting next year.

I think its me! Its like someone traveled back in time, and my life is being erased.
I know what you mean. During my 20yrs service in the Navy I’d watch them decommission whole classes of ships behind me. Ones I spent years on. As I got closer to retirement it seemed to speed up to the point the last ship I was on was a “hot turn over” to the Egyptian Navy.
It’s like the movie “Neverending Story” where the “Nothingness” was was rapidly approaching urging you to move forward with ever increasing speed. Now it seems like the years were a blur and I’m watching those ahead of me check out into eternity with ever increasing regularity.
The only thing that is constant is change.
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Yes, unfortunately it turned out that Yamaha has gotten rid of the Star brand and entire cruiser line. We were discussing that at Strykerforum last year and I thought that they had not just updated their 2018 model line at their website when we talked about it, but it was confirmed later that Yamaha just killed it. It is weird and frustrating, I think their V Star models were selling pretty good, especially in 950+ segment. Another rumor was that they want to get everything under Yamaha name again because of the name potential, perhaps they will revive the cruiser line some time later, but it will be all "Yamaha" and not the "Star".
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In the 5 months I've owned my bike and the reading I've done about it. I always felt that the Star line up was the bastard step-child of Yamaha. They lent the kid money just to get him out of the house and then BAM! He took off with gusto. They tried to wrangle him in but, never could. So they did a hostile take over & put him to rest.

I am proud to be the owner of a STAR motorcycle!
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According to Consumer Reports the next behind Yamaha for reliability is Honda. So if I want to buy a brand new cruiser bike next year, something like my Vstar 650, it comes down to this:

2018 Shadow Aero Overview - Honda Powersports
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According to Consumer Reports the next behind Yamaha for reliability is Honda. So if I want to buy a brand new cruiser bike next year, something like my Vstar 650, it comes down to this:

2018 Shadow Aero Overview - Honda Powersports
I owned a Shadow before. Was my first bike in 1985. Very nice and reliable bike. Why don’t you consider moving up to touring?
The SVTC would surprise you on handling not to mention comfort level.
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Using my 650 as the baseline, there is nothing I would change on it right now for the way I ride.

If I need to be somewhere hundreds of miles away asap, I take the car and take the interstate highways.

When I want to experience the journey, sometimes with no actual destination, I ride the 650, stay on two lane roads whenever possible, almost never hit 60mph, and I get a real sense of being where I am, everywhere I ride.

I played around with saddle bags and did a couple week long short distance vacations on the bike, stuffing them full of clothes and junk. Got rid of those and got the trunk. If it wont fit in the trunk I dont need it.

I got a windshield last summer with fork deflectors, thinking if I need to jump on the thruway for a couple hundred miles, that would be the way to do it. Its ok on the interstate at 75mph and passing at 80, but then when I get where Im going Im stuck with the windshield on the bike - which really robs it of the wind-in-your-face feel of the motorcycle experience.

My ideal riding experience is a black top road with no center line, no traffic, no windshield, no gps / music / cell phone / blue tooth, no passenger, no group ride, no destination, no schedule

just me, the motorcycle, a couple hundred bucks in my pocket, and whatever I might need in the trunk if I decide to keep riding for a few days, and see where the road goes.

I do have to choose between spending several thousand dollars on a bigger bike, or riding the bike I have with that same money, and have as many of those "free days" on the road as possible.

See you on the road, if you can find me.
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why on Earth would anybody buy 4 Saturns?
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i don't get keeping the 250. there doesn't seem to be hardly any profit margin there, and no way that model sells as many units as the other Star models. and i don't get the whole branding thing as a main reason to discontinue several models because everybody knows they are Yamaha bikes, and you can just simply just not badge them as "Star" models anymore. none of this makes any sense to me. the whole thing has to come down to money, so these models must not have been selling well overall, especially in overseas markets which makes more sense because cruisers are more popular with the U.S. which is a smaller global market for bikes versus the other motorcycle categories. the only chart i could find showed an overall decline in global Yamaha bike sales from 2012-2016 each year.

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why on Earth would anybody buy 4 Saturns?
to get to the other side 800,000 miles away
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