1996 Yamaha Royal Star And More - Readers' Rides

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George Smith
Camp Humphreys, Korea
'96 Yamaha Royal Star

George is U.S. Army (retired) tough. It's no wonder that his Royal Star is tough, too, having covered more than 120,000 miles in both the U.S. and Korea. Aside from the custom western-themed paintwork, this is another bike that puts function ahead of fashion. Mustang seats keep things comfortable for George and his wife, with a V-Max differential, H-D wind deflectors, Yamaha tour bags, AM/FM/CD stereo and a J&M; CB/intercom system making big-mileage touring easy.
Colin Manion
Taumarunui, New Zealand
'99 Honda Valkyrie Tourer

Colin doesn't just bleed red, he bleeds Honda Red. This Valkyrie follows two Gold Wings, three ST1100s and two other Valkyries (among numerous other bikes). This bike is from California and is one of about 80 Valkyries in all of New Zealand. In addition to the Heritage Saddlebags, there are also Ultimate Bigboy seats, a custom bracket for a Givi Maxi Top Box, Aeromach bar risers, Kryakyn ISO grips and highway pegs, Sophie's spotlights and a Vista cruise control.
Alex Suares
Stockton, CA
'05 Suzuki Boulevard M50

Bad Zuki is definitely a case of youth and enthusiasm trumping old age and treachery-er, experience. Alex, 20 years old, bought the M50 in 2007 and has done all of the work himself. He lowered the rear 3 inches and added a Kryakyn Hypercharger, Highway Hawk pipes, Arlen Ness mirrors and 110 Swint LED lights. The pice de rsistance is the shaved Suzuki C50 rear fender, with a frenched-in license-plate holder and flush-mounted LED taillight.