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Tamiya 1/12 Yamaha VX-1600 Roadstar '99 - Overview

Kit Contents (#14080)

Won Silver Metal at Torcan 19/2002 in the 'Motorcycles - Advanced' category

A:Black:26, B:Grey:29, C:Pearl White:10, D:Satin Chrome:15, E:Chrome:42, F:Clear:8
16 screws & screwdriver, rear shock spring, 2 brass tubes, black thin vinyl tubing, two rubber like tires

Total of 156 parts

Colour Schemes
Can be built as a Road Star and Wild Star.

1999 Yamaha Black
    TS-14 w/white stripes
1999 Yamaha Cherry Red
TS-7, 18 w/gold stripes

Lacquer: TS-7, 14, 17, 18
Gloss Acrylic: X-1, 2, 6, 7, 11, 18, 26, 27
Flat Acrylic: XF-1, 16, 56
Gloss Enamels: X-31
Release History
2000/06/22 - 2400

Yamaha Motor Corporation calls the RoadStar "The ultimate street fighter of the big-displacement cruiser class"

Voted "Cruiser of the Year,"  by both Cruising Rider and Motorcycle Tour & Cruiser. With Cruising Rider saying "knockout of style and daring engineering... and a shot of pure adrenaline."

There was some mixed reactions when Tamiya announced this kit. In Japan there didn't seem to be much interest among motorcycle modellers. Even myself and some friends that build motorcycles were a little indifferent to the news. But after seeing a friend's Roadstar built in the red/white scheme I was eager to get one.


First Impressions

Like the recent GP motorcycles kits, the detail and moulding is A-1. No flash and mould lines that are almost impossible to see.

Brake Calipers - finely moulded banjo fittings for the brake lines

Center Stand - since the RoadStar only has a side stand, Tamiya has provided a center stand moulded in clear to display the finished model more securely.

Chrome pieces - the plating is flawless and the mould lines are so subtle that you really have to look to see them. On sprue E the chrome isn't quite as shiny on the back. One thing I wish Tamiya would do is use raised gates on the back of the parts so that the chrome finish of the part is not marred. They do this for the bright chrome sprues on some of the 1/6 motorcycle kits so they really should consider doing it with their 1/12 kits. But knowing Tamiya, unless its unavoidable most gate marks will probably be hidden (like on the Virago) once assembled.

Mufflers - they are split into two and since they are chromed you can't touch up the seem. But, after seeing a friend's built kit, the seam isn't very noticeable anyway.

Wheels - excellent detail in the wire 'wheels'. The spokes are about as fine as one can mould in styrene. The wheel centers are separate from the spokes go into the centers when assembled. Very nice! Two brass tubes are provide to axle housings.

Started: December 2000
Completed: February 25, 2001

1:1 References

Engine 1602cc, 98-Cubic Inch, Pushrod, OHV, Air-Cooled, 48 V-Twin
Displacement 998cc. 150hp@10,000rpm
Transmission 5-Speed, Wide ratio
Final Drive Belt
Bore & Stroke 95mm x 113mm
Compression Ratio 8.3:1
Carburetion 40mm Mikuni Constant-Velocity w/TPS
Suspension Front: Telescopic Fork, 5.5" of Travel
Rear: Single Shock, Link-Type, 4.3" of Travel
Brakes Front: dual drilled 298mm discs
Rear: single 320mm drilled disc
Tires Front: 130/90-16
Rear: 150/80-16
Wheelbase 66.3"
Dimension (L x W x H) 98.4" X 38.6" X 44.9"
Seat Height 27.9"
Ground Clearance 5.7"
Dry Weight 677 lbs.
Fuel Capacity 5.3 US gallons
Contact Coaster
Last revised on: March 2, 2004
Copyright 1998-2003, Kenneth W. Hartlen. All rights reserved.

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