Retro style is even cooler when it’s combined with modern engineering, including an SOHC air-cooled V-twin and shaft drive.
Rider floorboards, steel fenders, custom looking clear turn signals, lots of chrome, etc – the V Star Classic represents tremendous cruiser bang for the buck.
Rigid-look frame provides a great ride via a hidden rear shock with 3.9 inches of travel.
2008 V Star 650 Engine
Beautifully chromed and polished 40-cubic-inch (649cc) air-cooled, SOHC 70-degree V-twin cranks out torquey low- and mid-range power with minimal engine rpm – maximum torque is reached at only 3000 rpm – for powerful, smooth cruising performance.
Wide-ratio five-speed transmission ensures extremely usable, cruiser-friendly power delivery to the asphalt.
This model made the subject of my review so you became familiar with it, read how it behaves, and most of all how much cash will require. It is also the bike that was first introduced, with the Custom model right next to it, but let’s read about the other models, too.
V Star 650 Custom
2008 V Star 650 Classic and 650 Custom
Plenty of attitude in a surprisingly lean and low package, priced to leave more of you to express yourself with cool Custom Star Accessories. Now there’s no reason to settle for less than a real Star.
Star motorcycles started with an authentic V-twin powerplant and a lean, low-slung chassis, and then tricked it out with lots of chrome, luminous paint, and a bobtail rear fender. And thanks to its chopper profile, shaft drive, and low seat height, the end result is no ordinary custom. The V Star 650 Custom is so stylish and unique that people will swear you must have customized it yourself.
The Custom model is even cheaper and features all it needs for the custom-oriented rider. With an MSRP of $6,099 for both color schemes (Candy Red w/Flames; Raven w/Flames) it is a real bargain and blows away any for of competition.
V Star 650 Silverado
2008 V Star 650 Stratoliner
Everything you need to travel is right here, with not much excess baggage to hold you back. A medium-sized adjustable windshield, low profile studded touring seat with backrest and studded leather saddlebags are everything the V Star Silverado needs to be a great traveling bike.
The great news is that this accessorized model will only bring $1000 more on the price tag so you will be cruising economically. The Liquid Silver painted Silverado costs $7,199 and a Raven version, $7,299.