Yamaha introduced the Road Star in 1999. It was the first Yamaha motorcycle with a belt final drive. When the Road Star debuted, it boasted the biggest V-twin engine on a production model motorcycle -- 1602 cc. Yamaha discontinued the Road Star 1600 after the 2003 model year, increasing the engine size on the Road Star for the 2004 model year to 1670 cc and renaming it the Road Star 1700.
The Yamaha Road Star 1600 has an air-cooled, twin-cylinder, OHC engine with four valves per cylinder. A 40 mm Mikuni carburetor delivers the fuel to the engine. The Road Star has digital transistor-controlled ignition and electric starter.
A five-speed transmission (one down and four up) delivers power to the rear wheel via a belt final drive system. As on most motorcycles, the Road Star has a wet multiplate clutch.
The Yamaha Road Star 1600 is built around a double cradle frame. A 43 mm telescopic front fork and single rear shock provide the suspension. Dual 298 mm discs provide braking up front and in the rear there's a single 320 mm disc. Instrumentation on the Road Star 1600 includes a speedometer, odometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge, LCD clock and warning lights for fuel level, high beams and neutral.
The Yamaha Road Star 1600 is 98.4 inches long with a 66.3-inch wheelbase. It's 44.9 inches high and 38.6 inches wide with a ground clearance of 5.7 inches. The dry weigh of the Road Star 1600 is 677 lbs. The fuel tank holds 5.3 gallons.
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