I think the used market is killing vstar new sales.
Right now there is a 2003 RoadStar Silverado on craigslist here for $2500. It looks like its completely stock, and has 40k on the odo.
Depending on the tires and brakes (rotors maybe) at 40k I could buy that bike and ride with a permanent smile on my face for the next ten years. Im not planning to get another bike till maybe next summer, but I would grab that one in a second.
the closest thing I could get new from yamaha now would be a new 2017 vstar 1300 tourer MSRP $12,600 - and I would rather have an air cooled, pushrod, carbed bike like the older Roadstar.
let me put it another way, I could buy the $2500 Roadstar and have $10,000 cash to take one hell of a ride across the country.
BTW there has not been a thread on this yet, but since Yamaha has killed off Vstar, and will not be making any more cruiser bikes, who is now the leading cruiser bike manufacturer for highly reliable motorcycles?
I think it would have to be Honda. If you want to buy a new 2018 Cruiser bike, you cant get one from Yamaha. To be fair, on the Consumer Reports rating for cruiser bike reliability, Honda was right (close) behind Vstar.
Last edited by KCW; 06-27-2018 at 08:49 AM.