2004 Yamaha Road Star Midnight XV1700
- Make: Yamaha
- Model: XV1700 Midnight
- Price: Not Defined
- Year: 2004
- Engine: 1700
- Colour: Black
- Mileage: 3600
- Current Location: UK.
UK Registration: HC53 HLA
With just 3700 miles on the speedometer you will be hard pressed to find a nicer example of the iconic cruiser in the USA let alone in Europe.
Listed is a very nice Midnight Star model, extremely well looked after, resplendent in Ebony Black and set off with whitewall tyres and an abundance of chrome , this bike turns heads plus sounds a dream with its lazy lope through the twin BUB straight shot exhausts.
Fitted with a factory Silverado windshield, factory leather side bags, factory sissy bar, plus custom grips and drivers footboards, this bike is loaded with has been enthusiast owned (by its Senior owner in Florida and always garaged in climate controlled garage and serviced religiously on time.)
If you are looking at this 2007 Yamaha XV1700 you probably already know the improvements over the XV1600 model, for those that don’t below is a review of the bike. Do not mistake this model as the same as the European Wild Star which was based on the previous XV1600 model. This bike rides like a new bike, absolutely zero issues, starts on the button, rides true and straight and stops as it should.
Please see below the bike running plus an independent review that explains the difference of this 1700cc model over the earlier 1600cc model.
The engine changes have been made with usability in mind too: 2mm larger pistons traverse new cylinders beneath revised heads, taking capacity up to 1670cc, which with new cam profiles, a revised exhaust and a new airbox have increased peak power by 15% and maximum torque is up 8%. The result is a massively grunty motor which has less of the nasty, buzzy vibes than before and more character.
Let the clutch out at walking pace and the torque does the rest, shoving the bike forwards with satisfying disregard for hills or headwinds. At 60mph it’s turning at 2650rpm, mellow and muscular, and top gear is all you need. If you really want to max it out, you might squeeze an undignified 115mph from the bike, but that’s not cruising any more, is it? Instead, savour the seductive, thumping rhythm of the big cylinders in the lower half of the rev range.
Paying some sportsbike-type attention to wheels has played another part in enhancing the feel of the XV. The new front is a hefty 2kg lighter than before, while the rear sheds some 1.4kg. As this improves ride quality, grip, steering response, braking and acceleration, it’s clearly a long overdue update, giving the bike a more modern and sophisticated air as well as making it more comfortable. Yes, that’s a lot to attribute to lighter wheels, but Yamaha provided an old XV1600 as comparison and there’s no doubt all of these were areas that had improved on the new one.
As you’d expect the handling is biased towards stability, and in this respect it’s fine at all speeds, but at traffic crawling pace the XV exhibits the usual raked-out fork characteristic of the steering flopping to the side when you turn. It’s not too bad, but it makes U-turns and car park manoeuvring a little nervy.
As for fuel range, the XV is up to 160-mile stretches. With a gentle throttle hand it might even manage 200 miles. And with an accessory catalogue bursting with touring bolt-ons this is a machine on which you can do big distances. The comfort is up to it, as long as you’re not prone to the slumped stance-induced lower backache that afflicts many cruiser riders.
The finish though is outstanding, the paint shining with a deep lustre and the bike’s component parts fitting tightly and neatly. New detailing has improved the look too, such as the LED tail light, the clear lens indicators and the ultra-slim tank-mounted speedo.
A great RARE and less expensive alternative with superb build quality to your Typical Harley Davidson