2012 Yamaha XVS950A Midnight Star

Trust this statement: whether you’re new to the high-revving world of big cruisers, or you’re a bonafide veteran in riding them, it’s hard not to get caught up by what the Yamaha XVS950A Midnight Star brings to the table.

The XVS950A Midnight Star is a twisted piece of two-wheeled bad-assery that comes with a low, comfortable riding position and a powerful 942 cc V-twin engine that bellows out a pure and throaty roar. The look and the unbridled power of the XVS950 Midnight Star exemplify the kind of bike this monster is.

With a list of impressive features and a powerful engine, there’s no surprise that a lot of people consider the XVS950A Midnight Star a bike that will not only bring you to the greatest riding experience imaginable, but does so while making you look alot cooler than the other side of the bellow.

Find out all the details about the Yamaha XV950A Midnight Star after the jump.

About the Yamaha XVS950 Midnight Star

V-shaped cylinder fins

Yamaha XVS950A Midnight Star

Look at the XVS950A and your eyes are immediately drawn to the muscular engine. The beautiful cylinder fin layout adds to the classic style, with the fins shaped to create a ’V’. The classic cruiser image is accentuated by the buff finish on the cylinder head fins to give a handsome, high quality feel.

High-torque engine

Yamaha XVS950A Midnight Star

Open up the XVS950A, and you’ll soon understand why it’s considered a classic cruiser. This Midnight Star comes with a high-torque 942cc, air-cooled V-twin 4-valve SOHC engine. This fuel-injected powerplant gives the bike the kind of gutsy performance that begs for long, cross-country drives.

Gutsy pulse

Yamaha XVS950A Midnight Star

If you appreciate the primeval pleasure to be had from the gutsy pulse of a purring engine, you’ll like the sound of the XVS950A. The engine has an uneven firing interval, which gives a distinctive, engine pulse, for unique character and a gutsy exhaust note.

Double cradle frame

Yamaha XVS950A Midnight Star

Mount the XVS950A safe in the knowledge that this is one power cruiser that is easy to control. The bike’s double cradle frame has been designed to deliver a lightweight handling feeling and the ideal balance of rigidity, giving high levels of feedback and increased rider comfort.

Low seat height

Yamaha XVS950A Midnight Star

When you settle into the seat of the XVS950A, you’ll notice how incredibly comfortable it is. The seat is narrow at the front, to match the slim rear of the fuel tank, making it easier for you to put your feet on the ground when stationary. It gives you a natural riding position to enhance comfort and control.

Large-diameter wheels

Yamaha XVS950A Midnight Star

Take the XVS950A through a corner, and you’ll see that the fat, 8-spoke aluminium wheels aren’t that size just for the classic styling. The 18-inch front wheel makes a significant contribution to the bike’s lightweight handling, giving you the confidence to open it up, whatever your level of riding experience.


Yamaha XVS950A Midnight Star
Engine typeair-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 4-valves, V-type 2-cylinder
Bore x stroke85.0 mm x 83.0 mm
Compression ratio9.0 : 1
Maximum Power39.4 kW (54.0PS) @ 6,000 rpm
Maximum Torque76.8 Nm (7.84 kg-m) @ 3,000 rpm
Lubrication systemWet sump
CarburettorFuel Injection
Clutch TypeWet, Multiple Disc
Ignition systemTCI
Starter systemElectric
Transmission systemConstant Mesh, 5-speed
Final transmissionBelt
FrameSteel Double Cradle
Front suspension systemTelescopic forks, Ø 41 mm
Front travel135 mm
Caster Angle32º
Trail145 mm
Rear suspension systemSwingarm
Rear Travel110 mm
Front brakeHydraulic single disc, Ø 320 mm
Rear brakeSingle Disc, Ø 298 mm
Front tyre130/70-18M/C 63H
Rear tyre170/70B16/C 75H
Overall length2,435 mm
Overall width1,000 mm
Overall height1,080 mm
Seat height675 mm
Wheel base1,685 mm
Minimum ground clearance145 mm
Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank)278 kg
Fuel tank capacity17 litres
Oil tank capacity4 litres


Yamaha XVS950A Midnight Star

Motorcyclenews ---- "The 90 degree V-Twin is an entirely new engine and not a bored out version of the old model. It actually produces more torque than bhp which is ideal for this market"

Smcbikez ---- "Big cruiser style in a nimble package. Whether you’re new to big cruisers, or have been riding them for years, it’s hard not to be moved by the XVS950A Midnight Star"

Bikesnewonline ---- "This new XVS 950 concludes the renewal of the range of custom bikes from Yamaha. This is the end of the epic Dragstar , Wildstar and Royalstar "

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