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April 2010 Vol 10 - No 3
Star of the Month: 116 bhp in Purple
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Star of the Month: 116 bhp in Purple

Ben’s 2000 Road Star


By Ben Harper,

Star Cruizer Co-Editor,



image001This month’s Bike of the month belongs to one of the Co-Editors, Ben Harper. This is a 2000 Road Star with extensive, and expensive, modifications.


The engine boasts a 108” big bore kit, Orient Express cams, big valve heads, a 42mm Mikuni flat-slide carburetor, a exhaust air elimination kit, and Reinhardt exhaust pipes. The engine puts out 116 bhp on the dyno, and can outrun most other cruisers on the road.


In addition, Ben’s bike features a Harley-style solo seat, a one-of-a-kind from a Canadian firm that is no longer in business. The handlebars are 1-1/2” Carlini Custom 17” apehangers with matching 1-1/2” risers. A custom brake pedal bracket moves the brake pedal forward to clear Ben’s big feet, while the custom air cleaner clears his knee.


One unique feature are the hand-polished lower fork tubes. Ben spent several days at the polishing wheel to make the tubes look much like the chrome of the upper fork covers.


Suspension upgrades include a Progressive Suspension rear shock absorber, which lowers the rear suspension 1-1/2 inches, and a set of Progressive Suspension fork springs. Custom Ferodo brake pads front and rear help slow this fast Star down.


There are also many Yamaha accessories as well. Saddlebags, rear fender rack, chrome oil lines, single-arm shift lever, custom timing and alternator covers, custom license plate bracket, and custom turn signal round out this stunning machine.


Ben says this beauty is a blast to ride, both in town and out on the open road. Ben is a big guy, so the suspension is tailored to his bulk, and the seat fits him like a glove.


This is our first of many motorcycles to be featured as our Bike of the month, and we encourage our brothers and sisters to send in articles and pictures of your machines so that we can call your bike a “Bike of the Month”.



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