- The Warrior is in the "performance-cruiser" category of motorcycles.Wataru Yanagida/Digital Vision/Getty Images
The Road King Warrior is a motorcycle in the "performance cruiser" category. First manufactured by Yamaha subsidiary Star Motorcycles in 2002 the Warrior, and a later variant called the Midnight Warrior, were designed to compete directly with large, performance-oriented motorcycles, such as the Harley Davidson V-Rod. Though 2009 marks the last new model release, the Warrior is still available from Yamaha as of 2010.
Dimensions and Fuel Economy
- The Yamaha Warrior is 93.9 inches long, 36.8 inches wide and 44.1 inches high. Seat height is 28.7 inches. The Warrior weighs 649 lbs. A 3.3 imperial gallon gas tank (3.96 U.S. gallons) and, according to Yamaha, an estimated fuel consumption of 47 miles per gallon (mpg) give the Warrior an approximate range of 186 miles.
- The Warrior's big V-twin is mounted at a 48 percent angle.chopper motorcycle image by itsallgood from Fotolia.com
The Yamaha Warrior is powered by a four-valve, 1,700 cc, air-cooled, V-twin engine with electronic fuel injection, making it the largest air-cooled V-twin in production in 2002, according to Motorcycle USA. Improved torque and throttle response come from twin carburetors and a 40 mm downdraft twin-bore fuel injection system. The bike has a five-speed transmission and large diameter "bazooka" exhaust.
- The Warrior is built around an aluminum monoshock frame. Handling and stability are provided by a lightweight aluminum rear arm, an upside down front fork and optimized suspension damping. Stopping power is provided by hydraulic disc brakes (dual front, single rear). Competition-grade tires (120/70-ZR18 front, 200/50-ZR17 rear) are mounted on Supersport-inspired five-spoke wheels.