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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-10-2019, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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2020 Yamaha Models

Just in case you missed this.

https://www.totalmotorcycle.com/moto.../Yamaha-models

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2020 Yamaha Star Venture

2020 Yamaha Star Eluder

2020 Yamaha Bolt

2020 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec

2020 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom (Canada)

2020 Yamaha V-Star 250


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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-10-2019, 10:39 PM
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Pretty sad cruiser line up.
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post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-11-2019, 05:59 AM
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Seems like we have a choice between Harley and Indian for new V-twin cruisers these days. Kawasaki does still offer the Vulcan 900 and Vaquero 1700 bagger, but yes, Yamaha has moved on.

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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-11-2019, 07:02 AM
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Wonder if yamaha is still making the 650
or if they pooled all their left over bikes and are only selling them in Canada?

seems kinda odd - if they are selling them world wide why would they leave out the USA?

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Seems like we have a choice between Harley and Indian for new V-twin cruisers these days.
whats wrong with Honda's cruiser bikes? Consumer Reports had them rated as 2nd to Vstar for reliability. The Valkyrie is not a Vtwin but it is one sweet ride.

has Kawasaki and Suzuki also stopped making Vtwins?
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Does the Bolt not count as a cruiser?

it's a "942cc, air-cooled, SOHC, 4-valves per cylinder, 60 V-twin engine produces outstanding low- and mid-range torque. Maximum torque is reached at only 3,000 rpm - for an exceptionally fun riding experience."

Seems not far off the 1100?

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Bolt is more like a harley sportster / bobber format

nearly straight handlebars, urban assault vehicle...
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I looked over Yamaha's lineup and all are air cooled. That may be fine if your rides consist of mainly highway and country roads. But for me, 90% of my riding is in town stop and go traffic, so I need liquid cooled.
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I don't consider the Bolt a cruiser, either. Yes, its got a nice sized engine but I wouldn't buy one. I do not like the styling on it. I'm primarily a Kawasaki guy but I wouldn't buy a Vulcan S if it were the only bike on the market. Don't like the styling on that either. All "adventure" bikes are off my radar scope as well.

Manufacturers seem to be taking what I view to be a short-sighted mindset on cruisers. Even Triumph has dropped their Thunderbird series which is a real crying shame.

There is a decided lack of cruiser options amongst the manufacturers in the mid size bikes. 900s are alive, as well as 1700ish bikes but not much in between. I'm really surprised the 1300 Tourer didn't survive. That was about perfect for those of us that want the power and comfort to get down the road but not the weight penalty of a full-on touring bike. If I had some extra cash I'd snap one of those up post haste.

I've never much cared for Suzuki's or Hondas. Just my personal choice in that respect. And forget Harley's entirely.
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The Valkyrie is not a V twin - that takes it out of the running for me. Me loves a double thumper. Not sure about Suzuki but Kawasaki is still making V twins (at least in Canada).

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Yamaha has the 2020 Venture listed on the site but not the Eluder. Wondering about that...

I'm glad to see the 2020 model announced. That is probably going to be the difference between me being on a Venture in Fall/Winter rather than something else. I doubt I'm the only guy out there who's decision to purchase largely depended on this bike *not* being a one-year wonder.

Sorry to see no good news on the mid-size cruiser front...

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