Anybody that has ever ridden a motorcycle will tell you that there are a select few bikes on the market that offer the perfect blend of looks, performance, and handling quite like the Yamaha V Star 950, all for the reasonable price of $8,490. That’s not an indictment on the competition; it’s just a matter of truth that’s no more evident than the fact that the bike has scooped up awards left and right, including the 2009 "Metric of the Year" award by V-Twin Magazine.

The Yamaha V Star 950 gives plenty of evidence that it’s got more more than enough to back up its stature. The bike’s "New Style Classic" body design concept is based on a single streamline running along the entire body surface. It has a new low, lean, and lighter image than conventional old style cruisers with a long, low design that provides plenty of space and passenger comfort.

As an entry-level cruiser, the bike rolls out a sleek and svelte look that belies the true power inside the powertrain, courtesy of a 942cc, air-cooled, SOHC, 4-valves per cylinder, 60° V-twin engine that produces outstanding low- and mid-range torque. This engine is mated to a 5-speed transmission that features optimized gear ratios for excellent city and highway drivability, providing the kind of for exceptional performance that only a true cruiser can provide.

In addition to its upstanding power, the V Star 950 comes with a carefully designed chassis that features a double-cradle steel main frame, a monocross style, single-shock, bottom link rear suspension for agile handling, and large 320mm front and 298mm rear discs that provide strong braking power.

Find out more about the Yamaha V Star 950’s specs after the jump

  • 2012 Yamaha V Star 950
  • Year:
    2012
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    air-cooled, SOHC, 4-valves per cylinder, 60° V-twin
  • Transmission:
    5-speed transmission
  • Displacement:
    942 L
  • Price:
    8,490

Specifications

2012 Yamaha V Star 950 High Resolution Exterior
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Model XVS95BCS;XVS95BCR
Engine Type 57.5-cubic-inch (942cc) air-cooled 4-stroke,
V-twin, SOHC, 4-valve
Bore x Stroke 85.0 x 83.0mm
Compression Ratio 9.0:1
Fuel Delivery Fuel Injection
Ignition TCI Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission 5-speed, multiplate wet clutch
Final Drive Belt
Suspension/Front Telescopic fork; 5.3-in travel
Suspension/Rear Single shock; 4.3-in travel
Brakes/Front Hydraulic disc, 320mm
Brake/Rear Hydraulic disc, 298mm
Tire/Front 130/70-18M/C 63H
Tire/Rear 170/70-16 M/C 75H
L x W x H 95.9 x 39.4 x 42.5 in
Seat Height 26.6 in
Wheelbase 66.3 in
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal
Est. Fuel Economy 47 mpg
Wet Weight 613 lb
ColorLiquid Silver; Candy Red
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