Yamaha is giving luxury touring riders yet another option to consider in 2018, releasing details today of the new, bagger-inspired Star Eluder ($22,499).
At the core of the machine is the same 113 cubic inch (1854cc) air-cooled, fuel-injected V-Twin debuted on the Star Venture, which garnered a lot of attention when first showcased back in June. We’ve since reviewed the Venture noting it offers “lofty levels of road performance, well thought out creature comforts for both passenger, and rider, with excellent craftsmanship.”
The Eluder promises to provide a similar degree of long-range road-going prowess.
“We are very excited to introduce the Star Eluder as we further expand our transcontinental touring motorcycle line-up,” said the General Manager of Yamaha’s Motorcycle Group, Mike Doughty in a company press release. “With its aggressive styling and infotainment technology unlike any other motorcycle in its class, it will truly empower riders to elude conformity while experiencing the thrill of the road.”
Now if you’re feeling a little sense of déjà vu, it’s probably because you were following a certain Red brand’s new model releases back in 2012. That’s when the F6B, Honda’s bagger version of the Gold Wing, first came out from behind the curtain.
Yamaha’s aim is to provide a more visceral experience with its 48-degree Twin as opposed to the buttery-smooth six-cylinder F6B. As with the Venture, the Eluder has twin mufflers calibrated with input from Yamaha Music to achieve that the throaty exhaust cadence riders in the segment crave.
Power is transferred to the Bridgestone Exedra rear tire via six-speed transmission with assist and slip clutch and belt final drive.
Its lightweight alloy pistons, twin counterbalances and composite engine mounts serve to cut down the excessive vibration typically generated by big Twins this size. An external oil tank in the subframe and low-set engine centralize mass of the 875-pound machine, likely to result in a motorcycle that handles better than its heft might suggest, as is the case with its transcontinental sibling.
The hybrid steel main frame/aluminum die-cast subframe are suspended by a 46mm telescopic fork and link-type, gas-pressurized shock that have been calibrated to offer a comfortable and responsive ride. Linked brakes with ABS work to make the dual 298mm front discs and single 320mm single rear disc package effective in hauling the bagger to a stop.
Yamaha’s Chip Controlled Throttle, ride-by-wire system works with Yamaha D-Mode to give riders the choice between two different throttle response settings. ‘Touring’ for a smoother ride and ‘Sport’ if you want a more spirited delivery. Traction control and cruise control are included standard and paired alternators provide 750 watts of output, to accommodate the use of things like heated gear or other gadgets in addition to the infotainment system, lighting and heated seats already included on the Eluder.
The infotainment set-up is a high-tech package controlled via seven-inch, full-color LCD touchscreen. Navigation through the settings can also be done via handlebar controls or through voice command if the rider opts for an accessory headset and mic. Bike data, audio sources, Bluetooth connectivity to communicators and other devices are all managed through the system. High performance speakers pump sound from AM/FM/WB radio, or can stream your favorite tunes from your smartphone. An onboard USB, AUX or Bluetooth set-up allows you to get connected.
Creature comforts abound for both rider and passenger. Both can adjust the ride position, and the pilot has five position adjustable hand levers. The passenger benefits from height-adjustable floorboards and heated seats for both ensure everyone stays nice and cozy.
The full fairing protects against windblast, and air ducts in the lower fairing can be opened or closed to further tailor airflow.
You get 6.6 gallons fuel capacity on the Eluder and LED lighting all around. There are electronically locking side cases included for storage and upper and lower fairing compartments which combined provide 18.8 gallons of space. Yamaha’s Smart Key system brings the machine to life and also operates the cases and fuel tank cap. It even offers “answer back” functionality which helps locate the motorcycle when you’ve forgotten where you parked.
Yamaha will also offer a GT package ($23,999) which comes with GPS, CB radio, SiriusXM Radio and SiriusXM Travel Link.
The standard Eluder in standard and GT dress will come in Liquid Silver, Impact Blue or Raven colorways. A five-year warranty is available too, with one year factory limited coverage and four years of Yamaha Extended Service.
Yamaha indicates the new Star Eluder will make its debut in dealerships beginning in early 2018.