Join Date: May 2012
Location: Collegeville, PA
I have an 01 roadstar and I love it. While the roadliner is nice, it's not nice enough to offset the large price difference. Around here you can have a nice roadstar completely vanilla for $3500-4500. I started with mine with nothing on it, blown engine, cracked fender, etc. Since then I've added a great oversized set of bags, windshield, trunk, and radio, deleted the fuel pump, rebuilt the engine, new 05 2 piece rotors for reduced vibrations, white wall tires, and I'm still thousands under the price of a roadliner.
The roadstar is low, and can be lowered. At 5'7" 165lbs I can easily get on my roadstar and move it around, even though it's 750lbs. Fully loaded 2 up with gear we're 1100-1200lbs, and my roadstar is still like a rocket. I've touched the floorboards to the ground countless times. It's very comfortable to spend the entire day on, and we have. The oversized trunk, bags, and luggage rack allow us to store clothes for a 3 day weekend, plus her hairdryer and random cosmetic items, a bag in itself.
If you're concerned about the power difference between the roadstar and the liner, don't be. The roadstar is plenty powerful, unless two up adds 500 lbs. and you want to haul a trailer. And even then the roadstar can handle it. Once you reach that point, you're going for bragging rights about size, not power. I seriously can't imagine why I'd need more power in a touring bike.
2001 Yamaha Roadstar
Last edited by FatJay; 08-30-2012 at 09:46 AM.