Japanese motorcycle maker Yamaha has taken the wraps off its 2018 Yamaha Star Eluder big, bad, bagger motorcycle in the USA, where it will be priced from $ 22,499 (Rs 14.37 lakh approximately). The Eluder is heavily-based on the 2018 Yamaha Star Venture full dresser cross-country touring motorcycle and shares all the mechanicals from the latter. To get to its bagger guise, the 2018 Yamaha Star Eluder loses the top storage box and the 3.5-inch windscreen of its heftier sibling. The Yamaha Star Venture will compete with the Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special, Indian Springfield Dark Horse, BMW K1600 B, and Honda Gold Wing F6B on launch. It comes powered by the same 1,854cc air-cooled OHV V-twin, with 4 valves per cylinder and makes a similar 170Nm of torque as the Venture.
The Yamaha Star Eluder is powered by the same 1,854cc V-twin engine as the Yamaha Star Venture
The 'torque-rich' engine ensures you can cruise at 120kmph in sixth gear with the motor ticking over at 2,750rpm. The motor of the 2018 Yamaha Star Eluder comes mated to a six-speed transmission with slipper clutch and final drive is via belt. The bagger gets ride-by-wire in the form of Yamaha's Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) for smooth delivery of its hefty torque from low rpm. To keep things in check, the Eluder also comes with cruise control as well as D Mode, which allows the rider to choose between Smooth and Sport modes. With a claimed 14.45kmpl fuel consumption and a 25-litre tank, the Star Eluder has a range of more than 360km on a single fill.
With a claimed fuel efficiency of 14.45kmpl, the Yamaha Star Eluder has a range of over 360km
The Yamaha Star Eluder weighs 397kg (wet). It still retains the wide faired front housing four headlamps from the 2018 Yamaha Star Venture, albeit with a shorter windscreen. According to Yamaha, the motorcycle is a blend of traditional luxury touring features and modern tech, which includes a 7-inch LCD touchscreen infotainment system which can also be handlebar-controlled whilst on the move. The most important aspect of a long-distance cruiser is itscomfort and the 2018 Yamaha Star Eluder does not disappoint with fat 46mm telescopic forks up front that offer 5.1 inches of travel, while the rear has a single shock with 4.3-inch travel. Preload on the rear can be remote-controlled on the fly.