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Yamaha Road Star Warrior Motorcycle to Battle for Cruiser Supremacy

Asset Caption: Yamaha introduces its all-new 102 cubic-inch hotrod cruiser, the 2002 Road Star Warrior.

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    LAS VEGAS--June 12, 2001--Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, introduced its all-new Road Star Warrior motorcycle today for the first time at its 2002 annual dealer meeting in Las Vegas.
    The Road Star Warrior represents a new approach to traditional cruiser engineering and styling. It is part muscular street fighter and part athlete, but with the style and character of traditional cruisers. The powerful 102 cubic-inch air-cooled, fuel-injected, pushrod V-Twin engine is the largest production air-cooled motorcycle engine ever built.
    The engine rumbles inside an all-new tubular and cast aluminum frame -- a material never before used on a cruiser motorcycle. Suspension and brakes are derived from Yamaha's class-leading YZF-R1 sport bike, which, combined with the rigid aluminum chassis, make the Road Star Warrior the nimblest cruiser in its class. In another first, the Road Star Warrior's rear wheel is shod with a 200 series rear tire -- the fattest production motorcycle tire currently available.
    "We've been hearing from lots of riders, particularly those who grew up with sport bikes and dirt bikes, who said they wanted something more in a cruiser than was currently out there -- more performance and better handling in particular," said Derek Brooks, Yamaha's motorcycle product manager.
    "At the same time, they didn't want to lose those things that make cruisers great, like the traditional styling; character, feel and sound of an air-cooled, pushrod V-Twin engine; and a clean design that can be customized to their own tastes. This motorcycle is all that."
    The Road Star Warrior will retail for $11,999 and will be available at Yamaha dealerships in November in three colors: Metallic Titanium, Imperial Red and Indigo. Yamaha supports the entire Star line of cruisers with a full complement of parts, accessories and apparel. More information on this new model and the entire 2002 Yamaha motorcycle line is available at