2008 Yamaha Roadstar XV1700 Silverado Fuel Injection
- Make: Yamaha
- Model: XV1700 RoadStar
- Price: Not Defined
- Year: 2008
- Engine: 1700
- Colour: Graphite/Silver flames
- Mileage: 2600
- Current Location: UK
UK REGISTERED: OW57 WKO
1 Owner, 2600 miles (yes not a mis-print) this 2008 bike was purchased from Broward Motor Sports in South Florida and first registered in 2013. it spent most of its time in climate controlled storage only venturing out in dry weather at weekends. Where can you purchase an iconic bike that is basically brand new?
This stunning and unique bike isthe later and last of the line evolution Fuel Injected model introduced in 2008 by Yamaha and comes with all the upgrades from that year to the demise of this popular model in 2012.
Factory fitted genuine Yamaha quick release sissy bar, quick release windshield, leather zip off branded saddlebags and highway bars, driver and passenger footboards.
Easily convert to a solo ride in a couple of minute.
Complete with 3 sets of keys and handbooks in dealer folder.
If you are looking at this 2008 Yamaha XV1700 you probably already know the improvements over the XV1600 model, for those that don’t below is a review of the bike.
The engine changes have been made with usability in mind too: 2mm larger pistons traverse new cylinders beneath revised heads, taking capacity up to 1670cc, which with new cam profiles, a revised exhaust and a new airbox have increased peak power by 15% and maximum torque is up 8%. The result is a massively grunty motor which has less of the nasty, buzzy vibes than before and more character.
Let the clutch out at walking pace and the torque does the rest, shoving the bike forwards with satisfying disregard for hills or headwinds. At 60mph it’s turning at 2650rpm, mellow and muscular, and top gear is all you need. If you really want to max it out, you might squeeze an undignified 115mph from the bike, but that’s not cruising any more, is it? Instead, savour the seductive, thumping rhythm of the big cylinders in the lower half of the rev range.
Paying some sportsbike-type attention to wheels has played another part in enhancing the feel of the XV. The new front is a hefty 2kg lighter than before, while the rear sheds some 1.4kg. As this improves ride quality, grip, steering response, braking and acceleration, it’s clearly a long overdue update, giving the bike a more modern and sophisticated air as well as making it more comfortable. Yes, that’s a lot to attribute to lighter wheels, but Yamaha provided an old XV1600 as comparison and there’s no doubt all of these were areas that had improved on the new one.
As you’d expect the handling is biased towards stability, and in this respect it’s fine at all speeds, but at traffic crawling pace the XV exhibits the usual raked-out fork characteristic of the steering flopping to the side when you turn. It’s not too bad, but it makes U-turns and car park manoeuvring a little nervy.
As for fuel range, the XV is up to 160-mile stretches. With a gentle throttle hand it might even manage 200 miles. And with an accessory catalogue bursting with touring bolt-ons this is a machine on which you can do big distances. The comfort is up to it, as long as you’re not prone to the slumped stance-induced lower backache that afflicts many cruiser riders.
The finish though is outstanding, the paint shining with a deep lustre and the bike’s component parts fitting tightly and neatly. New detailing has improved the look too, such as the LED tail light, the clear lens indicators and the ultra-slim tank-mounted speedo.
A great RARE and less expensive alternative with superb build quality to your Typical Harley Davidson
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