Star debuted today the 2012 Raider SCL (pictured), the first of multiple models to come in the Star Custom Line. Star is not the first manufacturer to offer a “factory custom”, but it might be the first to bring this level of paint quality, chrome and accessories to a production motorcycle priced under $20,000 (albeit, by a hair). At $19,990, the Raider SCL appears to offer good value given the quality of the paint, seat stitching and chrome details I saw a few days ago.
The 2012 Raider SCL will be limited to 500 units, with each bike receiving a numbered, limited edition aluminum tank badge. In addition to the very impressive six-layer paint job, the seat appears finely crafted from genuine leather with color matched stitching. The wheels are co-developed by Performance Machine and are limited to this model. Other details include a chrome belt guard, and stainless mesh throttle cables and clutch/brake lines. Star chose to leave the potent 1854cc (113 cubic inch) motor stock, as it is already at, or near, the top of the production v-twin hierarchy. The Raider SCL should be available in February of next year at selected dealers. Inquire at your dealer for details. You can also take a look at the Star web site here.