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This story came out two years ago, that Yamaha was shutting down its vstar line. https://rideapart.com/articles/say-goodbye-star-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-goodbye-star-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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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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I like how you can click on the 360 view and see what its like when the bike is spinning out on ice

whoa! hang on Robin! (easily amused...)
 

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VStar... I'm not sad to see that moniker go. As for the Tracer, I'd give that a spin. Thankfully I'm not too old and stiff with arthritis to ride that. Actually, that would probably suit me best since I put the most miles in my life on non-cruisers.
 

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we dont have to all switch to sport touring bikes just because Yamaha left the cruiser market. Im sure honda and Kawi makes decent cruiser bikes, different from what we are use to, but perfectly serviceable.

Cant help thinking we all get a bit spoiled. When I was 19 any motorcycle that would start and stop within a reasonable distance was... a motorcycle. Im not going to thumb my nose at a new fuel injected electronic ignition ABS motorcycle from anyone, in any format, if I can make it comfortable to ride and the cost per mile is reasonable.

My comments about feeling abandoned by Yamaha are all in good humor. They have the right to go after whatever market makes the most business sense for them, and I have the right to ride whatever bike I can get a good deal on.
 

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VStar... I'm not sad to see that moniker go. As for the Tracer, I'd give that a spin. Thankfully I'm not too old and stiff with arthritis to ride that. Actually, that would probably suit me best since I put the most miles in my life on non-cruisers.
I agree it's always been Yamaha to me, When somebody asks what I ride it"s Yamaha not VStar.
 

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The new generation just doesn't seem to be in to motorcycles. This is a group that couldn't even ride a bicycle without a helmet, knee pads and elbow pads. They didn't grow up on dirt bikes like a lot of us did. Motorcycles scare the hell out of them.

A lot of the older generation is at the touring bike stage of life, so I can understand the shift away from entry level bikes. It's sad, but motorcycling seems to be a slowly dying interest. If they don't figure out a way to get the younger crowd in to riding, all of the motorcycle companies are going to have some real problems in the not so distant future.
 

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Riding motorcycles is one of those things, if you just watch someone else riding a motorcycle most people say: YIKES!

You really gotta get on a bike and ride it yourself, and you have to ride it about 20 miles at 50mph to get that smile on your face that wont come off.

Then people get it.

tough market.

We need a really good blockbuster movie to get people into riding - and one where all the riders dont get murdered halfway thru and at the end.
 

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A lot of the older generation is at the touring bike stage of life, so I can understand the shift away from entry level bikes..
but they're keeping the 250.




We need a really good blockbuster movie to get people into riding - and one where all the riders dont get murdered halfway thru and at the end.
this probably turned people away from cruisers.

 
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