A bone-stock 2018 Yamaha Star Eluder GT in Raven served because the platform for our customization challenge. (This photograph courtesy Yamaha; different photographs by Joe Agustin)
For 2018, Yamaha launched two all-new V-twin touring cruisers constructed on the identical platform–the Star Enterprise luxurious tourer and the Star Eluder bagger. Each have daring, muscular bodywork wrapped round an enormous 113-cubic-inch, air-cooled V-twin, they usually’re outfitted with trendy know-how resembling throttle-by-wire, driving modes, linked ABS brakes and full infotainment methods.
The Enterprise is designed for two-up touring. With no trunk and fewer bells and whistles, the lighter, inexpensive Eluder is for riders who do extra solo driving and like a leaner, extra aggressive look.
Learn our 2018 Yamaha Star Eluder first experience evaluation
Earlier than the venture started, Jeff Palhegyi and Senior Editor Greg Drevenstedt went out on a experience on two inventory Yamaha Star Eluders.
We just like the Star Eluder’s beneficiant low-end torque, dealing with and touring facilities. However what’s a bagger with out some customization? For years Yamaha’s Star Bikes tagline was, “We construct it. You make it your personal.” In order that’s what we did…with some assist.
Designer Jeff Palhegyi (left) and Senior Editor Greg Drevenstedt with a inventory 2018 Yamaha Star Eluder, in Palhegyi’s store in Santee, California.
We teamed up with Jeff Palhegyi, proprietor of Palhegyi Design, on a Star Eluder challenge bike. Recognized for his custom-made cruisers, classic race bikes, flat trackers and extra, Palhegyi has been concerned with Yamaha’s product planning division for almost three many years. The objective of this venture was to reinforce the Eluder’s performance and elegance in a means that any proprietor might do in his or her personal storage, and Palhegyi helped us make it a actuality.
Watch the primary video in our three-part collection about this undertaking to see what Palhegyi prompt we do to improve our Eluder:
For this undertaking, we began with a inventory Star Eluder in Raven (black) with the GT choice package deal ($1,500), which provides GPS navigation, SiriusXM satellite tv for pc radio (subscription required), CB radio and a safety alarm. In the course of the improvement of the Enterprise and Eluder, a full line of equipment was created and developed in tandem with the bikes. So as to add some performance to our Eluder GT, we first dug into Yamaha’s accent catalog.
To enhance wind safety, Palhegyi put in a taller windshield and aspect wind deflectors from Yamaha’s accent catalog.
Our first addition to the undertaking was an Elite 801 Collection helmet headset and connection twine to reinforce audio high quality and allow extra performance than Bluetooth alone. Made by J&M Motorbike Audio, the headset and rope can be found immediately from Yamaha. Subsequent we added extra wind safety with a taller windshield and adjustable decrease fairing wind protectors. We improved nighttime visibility with a set of LED fog lights and enhanced cold-weather consolation with a set of heated grips and heated attire retailers for the rider and passenger, all of that are easy-to-install, plug-n-play gadgets.
To offer extra safety for a passenger and baggage capability, Palhegyi put in Yamaha’s accent quick-release backrest and baggage rack.
So as to add extra consolation for the passenger, we added a quick-release passenger backrest (for aesthetic causes we selected the brief model), which has sturdy metal uprights with a black powdercoat end. Yamaha additionally makes an identical baggage rack that attaches on to the backrest, including additional baggage capability (the Eluder’s two locking saddlebags and a number of other small fairing pockets maintain a complete of 72 liters). An ideal match for the bags rack is Nelson-Rigg’s 20-liter Day Journey Backrest Bag, and its black UltraMax material matches the Raven paint and different black finishes on our Eluder.
Corbin’s Twin Heated Saddle offers rider and passenger heating and it’s topped with a distressed-leather Black Bomber Jacket cowl with diamond stitching.
One of many Eluder’s key options is its ultra-low seat peak of 27.6 inches, and the plush, heated seat has a rear bolster for lumbar help. Within the identify of each performance and elegance, we changed the inventory seat with a Heated Twin Saddle from Corbin, which has a seating space coated with distressed leather-based in a Black Bomber Jacket end (which appears darkish grey), grey diamond-pattern stitching and matte-black vinyl sides. Whereas the heating for the Eluder’s inventory seat is managed by way of the infotainment system’s menu, the Corbin seat has an on/off toggle change on the left aspect. We additionally added Corbin’s matching passenger backrest pad to finish the look.
Yamaha’s accent catalog has many bolt-on elements to provide the Eluder a customized look. We put in Yamaha’s billet brake pedal and toe shift lever (a billet heel shifter can also be obtainable, however we left it off to permit extra room on the floorboard). Yamaha additionally presents an extended listing of billet covers and add-ons with a black-and-silver contrast-cut end which are made by Arlen Ness. We put in speaker and instrument bezels, an higher handlebar clamp, muffler ideas, a license plate body and covers for the grasp cylinders, generator, clutch, cam and pulley.
Yamaha’s accent catalog has an extended listing of contrast-cut billet covers made by Arlen Ness, which give the Eluder a customized look.
Lastly, we needed to provide the Eluder’s bodywork a customized look, however we needed to keep away from daring, garish paint or graphics. The Raven-colored Eluder and all the black bolt-on elements are cohesive and understated, greatest appreciated up shut than from a block away. To reinforce the darkish, low-profile look, Palhegyi instructed a vinyl wrap, which is well-liked within the automotive business however hasn’t actually caught on but within the motorcycling world. A full wrap would cowl up the shiny Raven paint, and the complicated shapes of the Eluder’s bodywork made a full wrap impractical.
After utilizing tape to create a template, Palhegyi created a pc scan of the template and had BlacArt create the metallic vinyl graphics.
As an alternative, Palhegyi used painter’s tape to create a template for graphic panels that movement with the strains of the Eluder’s bodywork–on the fairing and entrance fender, on the tank, on the aspect panels and on the saddlebags. He scanned the templates and despatched them to Cory Bender at BlacArt Artistic Group, who transformed the templates into vinyl adhesive panels with a darkish metallic end, a silver-and-red double pinstripe border and some tastefully positioned Rider logos. With nice care, a soft-plastic spreader (to take away any air bubbles) and a blowtorch (to warmth and set the adhesive), the panels have been utilized to the bike, giving it a one-of-a-kind look.
Making use of the vinyl graphics appropriately is a problem that could be greatest left to knowledgeable vinyl graphics or automotive wrap installer.
Creating and making use of the vinyl graphics was probably the most time-consuming and troublesome a part of this undertaking. Palhegyi’s workforce and BlacArt’s workforce are professionals, so until you have got expertise with the vinyl software course of we advocate working with a professional set up specialist.
Watch the second video to see the set up course of for our Star Eluder venture bike:
The top results of this Star Eluder undertaking is a V-twin bagger that gives extra consolation, performance and elegance than a inventory machine.
That’s A Wrap
With the equipment put in and graphics utilized, it was time to take our Eluder GT venture bike out for a spin. From Palhegyi’s store close to San Diego, California, we went for a scenic journey on a chilly, clear November day. The taller windshield and aspect deflectors stored the cockpit extra calm and quiet, and the heated grips and seat helped hold the chilly at bay.
Out within the sunshine, the Star Eluder’s metallic graphics and contrast-cut billet elements look unbelievable. The bike’s general look is cohesive and delicate, greatest appreciated up shut.
The Consolation Cell foam within the broad, flat Corbin seat is agency at first however breaks in with miles, and we just like the distressed look. The flatter pillion seat and quick-release backrest present a safer perch for a passenger, and the Nelson-Rigg bag is the right place to stash additional gear. Eradicating the backrest, baggage rack and bag, which takes just a few seconds, transforms the Eluder from a two-up tourer again right into a low-profile solo bagger. Out within the sunshine the contrast-cut billet elements and metallic graphics look actually sharp, boosting the Eluder’s curb attraction with out going too far.
Off-the-shelf manufacturing unit and after-market equipment make a construct like this one thing anybody can do.
Scroll down for extra photographs and an entire construct record with equipment, costs and assets.
Take a look at the ultimate installment of our video collection:
Eradicating the quick-release passenger backrest and baggage rack (which come off as a single unit) takes just a few seconds and provides the Star Eluder a low-profile, solo look.
Construct Listing: Equipment, Costs and Assets
|Real Yamaha Equipment (shopyamaha.com)||Worth|
|Elite 801 Collection Helmet Headset System by J&M Motorbike Audio||$219.99|
|Elite 801 Collection Connection Twine by J&M Motorbike Audio||$89.99|
|Eluder Customized Windshield – Medium||$169.99|
|Touring Decrease Fairing Wind Deflectors||$249.99|
|Touring LED Fog Lights||$359.99|
|Touring Heated Attire Outlet, Rider||$59.99|
|Touring Heated Attire Outlet, Passenger||$59.99|
|Eluder Heated Rider Grips||$279.99|
|Fast-Launch Passenger Backrest, Uprights, Brief||$366.99|
|Fast-Launch Passenger Backrest, Docking Package||$133.99|
|Rear Baggage Rack||$163.99|
|Touring Billet Toe Shift Lever||$195.99|
|Touring Billet Brake Pedal Cowl||$121.99|
|Arlen Ness Signature Customized Billet Speaker Bezels||$159.99|
|Arlen Ness Signature Customized Billet Instrument Bezels||$109.99|
|Arlen Ness Signature Customized Billet Grasp Cylinder Cowl Set||$149.99|
|Arlen Ness Signature Customized Billet Higher Handlebar Clamp||$99.99|
|Arlen Ness Signature Customized Billet Generator Cowl||$159.99|
|Arlen Ness Signature Customized Billet Clutch Cowl||$159.99|
|Arlen Ness Signature Customized Billet Cam Cowl||$99.99|
|Arlen Ness Signature Customized Billet Pulley Cowl||$159.99|
|Arlen Ness Signature Customized Billet Muffler Ideas||$279.99|
|Arlen Ness Signature Customized Billet License Plate Body||$99.99|
|Heated Twin Saddle||$633.00|
|Coordinating Sissy Bar Pad||$343.00|
|Day Journey Backrest Bag||$99.95|
|BlacArt Artistic Group (email@example.com)|
|Vinyl Graphics (supplies)||$400.00|
|Vinyl Graphics (set up)||$150.00|