2013 Star Motorcycle V Star 950 Tourer

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The 950 keeps the good old principles of a great tourer. It continues to be fitted with a strong air-cooled, wet-sump, 60-degree V-twin which sports a capacity of 942 cc. This beauty is mated on a five speed gearbox linked to a cable actuated clutch.

Put on your helmet, jump on the saddle and fire up the engine. You’re welcomed by a moderate roar, not too loud, but not too weak either. Then you’re ready to hit the road and leave any worry behind as the Star Motorcycle V Star 950 Tourer is the perfect partner for any type of journeys.

Apart from its practical nature, the bike looks good too, and you can see from a mile away that the company’s designers worked hard to mix its classy style with some key modern touches.

The base price is rated at $9.690 which is pretty competitive, helping the bike gain some nice bonus points.

Hit the jump for more information on the Star Motorcycle V Star 950 Tourer

Key Features

Star Motorcycle V Star 950 Tourer
  • The V Star 950 Tourer rolls out with a windshield, leather-wrapped hard sidebags, and a passenger backrest all standard, ready for the open road or the commute to school or work.
  • V Star 950 is the benchmark in the entry cruiser touring class, appealing to seasoned riders as well as those looking for a friendly entry-level cruiser. The air-cooled V-twin delivers plenty of distinctive, big-cruiser character and pulsing torque feel. Seat height is an extra-low 26.6 inches. The full-sized chassis has a long, low look and provides spacious comfort. Handling is sporty and responsive, great for curvy back roads and commuting around town as well as open-highway cruising.
  • The 942cc 60° V-twin engine is both simple and sophisticated. Sure, there’s no-fuss air cooling for traditional looks. But inside you’ll find the reason for the surprisingly spirited performance: four-valve cylinder heads, ceramic-composite-lined cylinders, forged aluminum pistons, and fuel injection. The meticulously tuned 2-into-1 exhaust system has a throaty exhaust note, and also 3-way catalyst technology to reduce air pollution.
  • The carefully designed chassis contributes to an exceptionally light feeling riders are sure to appreciate. The double-cradle steel main frame offers an ideal rigidity balance in the longitudinal, lateral, and torsional directions, using the engine as a stressed member. With the engine mounting position slightly forward for optimum front-rear weight distribution and its large, 18-inch front wheel, V Star 950 Tourer has outstanding handling performance.
  • The V Star 950 Tourer achieves fuel economy up to an estimated 47 mpg* with a fuel tank that holds 4.5 gallons of gas.
  • Fenders are real steel, front and rear. That adds to the quality look and feel, and makes customization easier.

Engine

Star Motorcycle V Star 950 Tourer
  • The 57.5-cubic inch (942cc) engine is an air-cooled SOHC 60° V twin. With four valves per cylinder, a pent-roof shaped combustion chamber, and 9.0:1 compression ratio, this engine has been carefully designed to produce excellent power characteristics – and best-in-class acceleration.
  • To keep friction loss to a minimum and help the engine achieve the ideal performance characteristics, special compact roller-type rocker arms with needle bearings are used. These also reduce top-end weight for excellent mass centralization.
  • The combustion chamber shape was precisely engineered to direct the fuel air charge into the center of the piston for faster combustion and maximum power. Ceramic-composite-plated cylinders provide excellent heat dissipation and reduced oil consumption.
  • High-quality forged aluminum pistons have a lightweight, high-strength compact design that contributes to reduce vibration.
  • Sophisticated fuel injection is used on the V Star 950 Tourer. The injectors are four-hole, two-directional types with spray aimed at the valve surfaces. That produces good fuel atomization for faster and more complete combustion which contributes to excellent drivability. The fuel injection system also adopts an ISC (Idling Speed Control) valve for outstanding idling stability.
  • Lubrication is provided by a simple, reliable wet sump system.
  • The 5-speed transmission has a smooth shifting feeling, and gear ratios spaced to let the rider take full advantage of the engine’s torque characteristics and enjoy comfortable cruising at highway speeds. Naturally, power is efficiently transferred to the rear wheel using simple, quiet belt drive.
  • The engine’s look is highly detailed, with polished cylinder fins and beautifully chrome-plated cylinder head covers, for an exceptional appearance sure to be noticed.
  • The V Star 950 Tourer achieves fuel economy up to an estimated 47 mpg* with a fuel tank that holds 4.5 gallons of gas.

Chassis and Suspension

Star Motorcycle V Star 950 Tourer
  • The steel double-cradle frame is long and low, contributing to the bike’s spacious 95.9-inch (2435mm) overall length and 66.3-inch wheelbase. That means a great ride to go along with the great looks.
  • The seat height is a mere 26.6 inches off the pavement, one of the lowest around, and a fuel tank that’s made as narrow as possible where it meets the seat, it is easy for most riders to put both feet firmly on the ground.
  • Fenders are real steel, front and rear. That adds to the quality look and feel, and makes customization easier.
  • The big 18-inch front wheel helps deliver this cruiser motorcycle’s sporty handling characteristics and “Sport Classic” cruiser looks. The low-profile 130/70-18 tire is mounted on an 8-spoke lightweight aluminum wheel. The 170/70-16 bias ply rear tire adds a beefy look and helps transfer all that torque and power to the pavement.
  • Large 320mm front and 298mm rear discs provide strong braking capacity with excellent feel.
  • Front forks feature big 41mm tubes, and rear suspension is a bottom-link-type monocross shock. Settings are calibrated to deliver a plush ride that is increasingly firm as the suspension is compressed for good handling and comfort over bigger bumps in the road.
  • The V Star 950 Tourer has a wonderfully light feel. Surprisingly, even though it has a full-size chassis, the bike weighs just 657 pounds wet, with a full tank of gas and all fluids.

Additional Features

Star Motorcycle V Star 950 Tourer
  • The large-diameter meter is mounted on the fuel tank for a traditional look. Meter functions include speedometer, fuel level warning light, oil level warning light, and odometer with two trip meter functions, fuel trip meter, and clock display. The LCD display illumination can be adjusted using a right side handlebar switch.
  • The V Star 950 Tourer is ready to roll out with a windshield, leather-wrapped hard sidebags, and a passenger backrest.

Specifications

Star Motorcycle V Star 950 Tourer
Engine Type57.5-cubic-inch (942cc) air-cooled 4-stroke, V-twin, SOHC, 4-valve
Bore x Stroke85.0mm x 83.0mm
Compression Ratio9.0:1
Fuel DeliveryFuel injection
Ignition TCI:Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission5-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Final DriveBelt
Suspension / FrontTelescopic fork, 5.3-in travel
Suspension / RearSingle shock, 4.3-in travel
Brakes / FrontHydraulic disc, 320mm
Brakes / RearHydraulic disc, 298mm
Tires / Front130/70-18M/C 63H
Tires / Rear170/70-16 M/C 75H
Wheels8-spoke cast
Length95.9 in
Width39.4 in
Height52.8 in
Seat Height26.6 in
Wheelbase66.3 in
Rake (Caster Angle)32.0°
Trail5.7 in
Fuel Capacity4.5 gal
Fuel Economy**47 mpg
Wet Weight***657 lb
Warranty1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)
MSRP*$9,690 Available from September 2012

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