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2008 Yamaha Star Raider S (Raider)

Last updated Oct 14, 2008  

Photo of a 2008 Yamaha Star Raider S (Raider)


Saw this bike on Cycle Trader. Belonged to a bike salvage co. named Cycle Salvage Int. ( for just $8k. So 2 weeks ago I went up to Ohio, checked it out, put a deposit, came home got my money together and drug it home last Wednesday (10/8). Has a few scratches on the front and rear fender and on the tank. Also had a broken shaft on the shifter assembely but thats it for damage. They gave me all the parts to fix it and had it running by Thursday night. This bike kicks ass! Get to your local Yamaha dealer and ride one! You wont regret it.


Type 113-cubic-inch (1854cc) air-cooled V-twin OHV, 4 valves/cylinder

Bore x Stroke 100.0 x 118.0mm

Compression Ratio 9.48:1

Carburetion Twin-Bore electronic fuel injection; throttle position sensor

Ignition TCI

Transmission 5-speed,multiplate wet clutch

Final Drive Belt

Frame Double cradle

Suspension/Front Telescopic fork; 5.1-in travel

Suspension/Rear Swingarm; 3.5-in travel

Brakes/Front Dual hydraulic disc, 298mm

Brakes/Rear Hydraulic disc, 310mm

Tires/Front 120/70-21

Tires/Rear 210/40-18

Wheels 5-spoke cast

Length 101.2 in

Width 36.4 in

Height 45.9 in

Seat Height 27.3 in

Wheelbase 70.9 in

Ground Clearance N/A

Fuel Capacity 4.1 gal

Fuel Economy** 42 mpg

Dry Weight 692 lb

Factory Options

Key Features:
“S” model gets even more chrome: chrome triple clamps, fork sliders, air box cover, headlight housing, handlebar risers, etc.
The newest Star was inspired by the custom chopper movement, but since it’s a Star, it had to also handle, stop and go.
With the addition of this machine, the Star line offers the most diverse line of custom V-twins on the planet.
The Raider S achieves fuel economy up to an estimated 42 mpg** with a fuel tank that holds 4.1 gallons of gas.

113-cubic-inch (1854cc) air-cooled, pushrod 48-degree V-twin pumps out max torque at just 2500 rpm and max power at 4500 rpm for powerful, relaxed cruising.
Four pushrod-activated valves and two spark plugs per cylinder provide optimum combustion efficiency along with classically beautiful engine architecture.
Plated cylinders and forged pistons cooled by oil jets provide outstanding reliability and long life. Twin counterbalancers keep things smooth but rumbly.
9.48:1 compression ratio and aggressive cam timing increase power output across the board.
Computer-controlled, twin-bore, fuel injection monitors multiple engine parameters to calculate perfect mixture under all conditions; wide-angle 12-hole fuel injectors provide excellent atomization.
A 3.5-liter airbox is hidden in the area behind the fuel tank for great performance and a custom, airy look.
Two-into-one-into-two exhaust with Exhaust Ultimate Power valve (EXUP) inside boosts torque in the 2500-3500 rpm range.
Special custom-machining of the cooling fin edges gives a jewel-like appearance to the engine as light hits it from different angles.

New design all-aluminum cast frame is light, rigid and tuned for light, athletic handling. A light, Controlled-Fill, aluminum swingarm casting complements the bike’s lithe style.
Low, sculpted seat holds the rider in place, and pullback bars reach back to enforce a casual, urban cruising style.
A 6-degree yoke angle—the first ever on a street-legal Star Motorcycle—makes it possible to achieve that custom look as well as natural handling and straight-line cruisability: 34-degree rake plus 6 degrees yoke angle gives total rake of 40 degrees and 102mm of trail, while bringing the fork closer to the steering axis.
Custom 5-spoke wheels carry a 120/70-21-inch bias tire up front, and a wide, 210/40-18 radial out back—the tallest and widest ever on a Star.
46mm fork tubes serve up an excellent ride and a sweet appearance through 5.1 inches of wheel travel.
A tucked-out-of-sight single shock out back provides a smooth ride under varying loads.
New seamless fuel tank carries a full 4.1 gallons of fuel.
Front brake master cylinder with integrated lever operates a pair of 298mm front discs squeezed by strong monoblock calipers for excellent power and feel, with a 310mm disc out back.
Strong, light and narrow belt final drive contains embedded carbon fiber for even greater strength.

Additional Features:
Left-thumb operated high-beam switch, and right-thumb activated accessory driving light switch for great visibility.
Jewel-like fit and finish, and Star quality paint, chrome and attention to detail are evident all over the Raider S.
Cool, tank-mounted instrumentation complements the custom look, and contains analog speedometer and fuel gauge, along with twin digital tripmeters, odometer and self-diagnostics.
Bright multi-reflector headlight, LED taillight and amber turn signals behind clear lenses give a custom look.
Oxygen sensor and three-way catalyst reduce emissions.


Drilled out baffles.

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