2014 - 2016 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom

2014 - 2016 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom
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A Mid-Displacement Classic Cruiser

Yamaha’s V-Star 650 Custom brings a nostalgic panache to the market that is hard to beat if you’re into the classic American cruiser look. A 40 cubic-inch V-twin powers the V-Star with 37.6 pounds o’ grunt on tap and a configuration that accentuates the vibe that the designers were going for. The factory goes for broke with laced wheels and a faux-rigid frame to go with a truly antiquated rear drum brake. There are plenty of these rides out there with the hardtail-look, so let’s take a gander at Yamaha’s little mid-size cruiser.

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2014 - 2016 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom

2014 - 2016 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom

A Mid-Displacement Classic Cruiser

Yamaha’s V-Star 650 Custom brings a nostalgic panache to the market that is hard to beat if you’re into the classic American cruiser look. A 40 cubic-inch V-twin powers the V-Star with 37.6 pounds o’ grunt on tap and a configuration that accentuates the vibe that the designers were going for. The factory goes for broke with laced wheels and a faux-rigid frame to go with a truly antiquated rear drum brake. There are plenty of these rides out there with the hardtail-look, so let’s take a gander at Yamaha’s little mid-size cruiser.

Continue reading for my review of the Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom.

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2015 - 2017 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Deluxe

2015 - 2017 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Deluxe

A Contender In The Mid-Range Bagger Market

Touted as the only casual (almost) full-dress touring bike in the mid-displacement class, the V-Star 1300 Deluxe from Yamaha’s Star cruiser stable hit the streets with a majority of its technology and style from the V-Star 1300 and V-Star 1300 Tourer. Equipped with a 1,304 cc engine, some nice little pieces of tech, and styling that clearly aims it at the American sector, the V-Star 1300 Deluxe is a strong contender in the mid-range bagger market.

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2015 - 2017 Yamaha V Star 1300 Tourer

2015 - 2017 Yamaha V Star 1300 Tourer

Introduced in 2007, Star — now folded back under the Yamaha umbrella — has been offering essentially the same bike spec-wise since 2012, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The V Star 1300 Tourer is a mid-size touring bike — not a full dresser — but with plenty of storage. It’s not a small bike, but the V Star 1300 Tourer is small enough that you don’t have to wrestle with it. A low seat height and low center of gravity makes it easy to handle, and the 80-cubic-inch engine is big enough to be respectable but not so big it intimidates.

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2015 Star Motorcycles V Star 950

2015 Star Motorcycles V Star 950

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The Perfect Blend of Looks, Performance & Handling
Featuring a torquey, forward mounted, fuel injected V-Twin, low 26.5" seat and the longest wheelbase in its class, the 2015 Yamaha V-Star 950 offers tons of sport cruiser performance, style and value. Lightweight, highly responsive handling for commuting through the urban maze, taming the back roads and cruising the freeways. Welcome to the head of the 950 class. 2015 Star Motorcycles V Star 950 Key Features:
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2015 Star Motorcycles V Star 950 Tourer

2015 Star Motorcycles V Star 950 Tourer

Overview
The Benchmark In The Entry Cruiser Touring Class.
The 2015 V-Star 950 Tourer offers serious middleweight performance and style in a confidence inspiring ride. Lightweight, easy handling and a low seat appeal to new riders, while veterans appreciate the windshield, big locking saddlebags and passenger backrest. Perfect for commuting, exploring back roads and overnight venturing. 2015 Star Motorcycles V Star 950 Tourer Key Features:
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2014 Star Motorcycles V Star 250

2014 Star Motorcycles V Star 250

Compact and efficient but agile and classy, the 2014 Star Motorcycles V Star 250 is a good choice for those who want to begin their journey in the world of two wheels on a less intimidating bike.

The motorcycle weighs 326 lb and is propelled by an air-cooled, 249cc, 60-degree, V-twin engine that delivers a healthy amount of torque. The engine is fed by a 2.5 gallons fuel tank and delivers a fuel consumption of 78 mpg.

In terms of style, the Star Motorcycles V Star 250 comes with a custom style handlebar, extensive chrome details, a sculpted teardrop fuel tank with a capacity of 2.5-gallon and a fat rear fender. You also get a pair of wire-spoked wheels wrapped in 3.00-18 front and 130/90-15 rear tires.

As far as prices are concerned, the 2014 Star Motorcycles V Star 250 can be yours for no less than $4,340.

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2014 Star Motorcycles V Star 950 Tourer

2014 Star Motorcycles V Star 950 Tourer

The Star Motorcycles V Star 950 Tourer comes with a comprehensive list of touring-orientated features which make it perfectly suited for long travels. Therefore you get a windshield, passenger backrest and leather-wrapped hard sidebags.

The motorcycle is propelled by a 57.5-cubic-inch, air-cooled 4-stroke, v-twin, SOHC, 4-valve engine with a displacement of 942cc. The engine is kept under control by a 5-speed transmission with multiplate wet clutch and is fed by a 4.5 gallons fuel tank. As far as efficiency is concerned, the Star Motorcycles V Star 950 Tourer delivers a fuel consumption of 47 mpg.

The motorcycle’s backbone is represented by a steel double-cradle frame which sits on a telescopic front fork (5.3-In Travel) and a rear single shock absorber (4.3-In travel).

The Star Motorcycles V Star 950 Tourer is offered with a base price of $9,790.

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2014 Star Motorcycles V Star 1300

2014 Star Motorcycles V Star 1300

The 2014 V Star 1300 is a versatile motorcycle that rewards you with a comfortable and fun riding experience every time you jump on its back.

Designed to turn heads, the Star Motorcycles V Star 1300 is an attractive cruiser wrapped in a modern skin and covered with lots of chrome. You’ll especially like the motorcycle’s 3D tank emblem, the retro-modern bar-mounted instrumentation, the bright multireflector headlight and the LED taillight.

The Star Motorcycles V Star 1300 is propelled by an 80 cubic inch (1304 cc), liquid cooled, single overhead cam 60 degree V twin engine with computer-controlled twin-barrel fuel injection and four valves per cylinder. The engine sends its power to the ground via a 5 speed transmission with multiplate, wet clutch.

The Star Motorcycles V Star 1300 is offered with a base price of $ 11,290.

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2014 Star Motorcycles V Star 950

2014 Star Motorcycles V Star 950

Since it made its debut, the Star Motorcycle V Star 950 has managed to attract a lot of fans. And there is no wonder why as the motorcycle has a lot to love. It’s reliable, looks great and also rewards you with first class performances, so what more could you ask of it?

At its heart lies a 58 cubic inch (942cc), air-cooled, SOHC 60° V twin engine with four valves per cylinder, a pent-roof shaped combustion chamber, and 9.0:1 compression ratio. The engine is fueled by a 4.5 gallons fuel tank and is kept under control by a five speed transmission with multiplate, wet clutch.

The motorcycle is built on a double-downtube steel frame which is paired with a front telescopic fork (5.3-In Travel) and a rear single shock absorber (4.3-In Travel).

As far as prices are concerned, the motorcycle can be yours for no less than $8,690.

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2013 Star Motorcycle V Star Custom

2013 Star Motorcycle V Star Custom

There aren’t many new features for the 2013 version of Star Motorcycle V Star Custom, but this doesn’t mean that the bike is less attractive.

Featuring lots of chrome, a tasty paintjob and an old school bobtail rear fender, the bike continues to impress us with its custom appearance. You’ll also like the tank-mounted speedometer which offers easy reading of tripmeter/odometer displays and turn signal, neutral, high beam, and engine diagnostic indicator lights.

Since it was designed as a daily cruiser, the bike features a manageable seat height and a comfortable handle bar which offers a good grip and gives you a perfect riding position.

The bike is propelled by a strong V-twin, 40 cubic inch, 649 cc, air cooled engine mounted on a low-slung chassis, which offers a "chopper" profile. The long 63.4 inch wheels base is combined with a 41mm aluminum telescopic front fork with 5.5 inches of travel.

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2013 Star Motorcycle V Star 1300 Deluxe

2013 Star Motorcycle V Star 1300 Deluxe

Yamaha has launched the 2013 version of its iconic 1304cc V Star 1300 Deluxe. The 2013 Star V-Star is well packed and is fitted with batwing fairing, iPod connectivity and also audio and navigation system. The electronic features can be used pretty easy by means of a panel located on the left handlebar.

The bike continues to be powered by the same 80 ci liquid-cooled V-Twin powerplant which features computer controlled fuel injection. Te engine is married to a five-speed transmission and the fuel tank holds 4.9 gallons.

The bike sits on a 41mm front telescopic fork with 5.3 inches of travel and a single rear shock with 4.3 inches of travel. The stopping power is assured by dual 298mm discs up front and a single disc at the rear. The 2013 Star Motorcycle V Star 1300 Deluxe is priced at a relativelly low $13,690.

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2013 Star Motorcycle V Star 1300 Tourer

2013 Star Motorcycle V Star 1300 Tourer

We’re glad to see that in the last decade, the middleweight motorcycles have grown pretty nicely and the segment is just doing better and better. One of the bikes than played a major role in raising the segment’s standards is the Star Motorcycle V Star 1300 Tourer.

The bike offers a comfortable riding position, plush suspensions and comes at a bargain price, so what more do you want? To make the V Star 1300 Tourer even more appealing the company gave it standard hard leather-wrapped sidebags, passenger backrest and a classy windshield.

Star Motorcycle V Star 1300 Tourer is equipped with a 1304cc (80 cubic inches), 60-degree, SOHC, V-twin engine with four valves per cylinder. The engine has a 9.5:1 compression ratio and aggressive cam timing which produce plenty of power across the board and a distinctive exhaust note.

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2013 Star Motorcycle V Star Custom

2013 Star Motorcycle V Star Custom

Developed for those looking for a well polished cruiser which is able to deal great with both long and short journeys, the Star Motorcycle V Star Custom rewards its riders with a great handling and a classic look.

The V Star Custom is the lightest model in the Star lineup and features dual exhausts, custom-looking clear turn signals and of course lots of chrome. Moreover, thanks to the 27.4-inch seat height you can stay with your both feet on the pavement.

Power comes from chromed 40-cubic-inch (649cc) air-cooled, SOHC 70-degree V-twin which delivers an estimated fuel consumption of 49 mpg. The engine is married to a wide-ratio five-speed transmission which offers a smooth power delivery to the pavement. The bike also comes with dual, heated Mikuni 28mm carburetors with a throttle position sensor (TPS) and two-into-two chrome exhaust pipes.

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2013 Star Motorcycle V Star 950 Tourer

2013 Star Motorcycle V Star 950 Tourer

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.

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2013 Star Motorcycle V Star 250

2013 Star Motorcycle V Star 250

You won’t find many mean looking street bikes in the 250 cc segment. Most of them are unintimidating and small and due to this fact many beginners aren’t eager of buying one and find it hard to follow the friendly advices of more experienced bikers. However there are a few interesting options that worth to be taken into consideration.

At the front of the pack sits the sporty Kawasaki Ninja 250R, followed by the Honda Rebel and the Suzuki brothers – TU250X and GZ250. The Star Motorcycle is also worthy of being mentioned among them, as is the only V-twin 250 bike found in this class. It is significantly tinier than its bigger siblings, but its compact dimensions, easy handling and the low weight make it a good choice for those who are still learning the secrets of riding a bike.

While most of the small bikes aren’t capable of offering any terrible thrills, the Star Motorcycle V Star 250 was always seen as a decent cruiser that manages to deliver a reasonable riding experience and does a great job as an entry level model.

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2011 Star Motorcycle V Star 1300 Tourer

2011 Star Motorcycle V Star 1300 Tourer

The V Star 1300 Tourer exudes the kind of attitude that you’d want in a full-fledged tourer bike. It’s no wonder why Star Motorcycles went completely all-out in building a bike that you only need to take a good look at to fall in love with.

Built with careful attention and directed towards outstanding looks, powerful performance, and superb handling, the V Star 1300 Tourer brings modern-classic styling along for a lighter, sportier, hot-rod-inspired ride.

The 1304cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected V-twin engine produces excellent power across the board along with a highly stimulating exhaust note. Combine that to a modern-classic design and a steel chassis that makes for light handling and maneuverability, and you have a bike that’s every bit as good as advertised.

It’s no secret that the V Star 1300 Tourer is a bike directed for hardcore enthusiasts. It doesn’t play any games, nor does it overexcite its capabilities; it’s a full-fledged tourer that pulls no punches and offers everything you’ll want in a bike of its stature.

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2011 Yamaha V Star 1300

2011 Yamaha V Star 1300

As authentic cruisers go, the Yamaha V Star 1300 holds a back seat to no one. The mid-sized cruiser offers a blend of modern classic styling to go with a lighter and sportier, hot-rod-inspired ride. This is achieved with a 1,304cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected V-twin engine, producing the kind of excellent power across the board, along with a highly stimulating exhaust note that very few of its competitors can achieve.

Yamaha has taken the traditional cruiser into a bold new territory with this bike. If it’s not enough that the classic yet avant-garde design of the bike has been given a fresh new look, the bike’s powertrain, chassis, and suspension set-up leave no hint of restraint, providing superior power and unquestioned handling.

If you’re in the market for the perfect blend of soul stirring power, handling, and comfort highlights, you can’t do any better than the Yamaha V Star 1300.

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2011 Star Motorcycle V Star 950

2011 Star Motorcycle V Star 950

Star Motorcycles has really hit the jackpot with the V Star 950. Not only has it become a market favorite for its clever mix of classic styling with cutting edge technology, but it has also earned the high praise of some of the industry’s opinion leaders, including that of V-Twin Magazine, which gave the V Star 950 the prestigious "Metric of the Year" award in 2009.

Suffice it to say, the V Star 950 has become a true benchmark for all mid-cruisers, becoming one of the most user-friendly cruisers on the market delivering true cruiser character.

It blends all the elements of a must-have bike in one outstanding package. Whether its the classic no-frills design, or the superior performance and excellent handling, the V Star 950 makes bike travels that much more fun.

There may be other bikes on the market that have a better name recall than Star Motorcycles, but when it comes to all-around statements of excellence, the company’s V Star 950 cruiser is a sparkling example of exactly that.

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2011 Star Motorcycle V Star 950 Tourer

2011 Star Motorcycle V Star 950 Tourer

As with a lot of tourer bikes we’re seeing on the market these days, the Star Motorcycle V Star 950 Tourer, is the embodiment of a classic-looking middleweight cruiser that appeals not only to novice riders, but more importantly the experienced type that knows plenty about their bikes more than anybody else.

It’s the kind of bike that won’t feel left out wherever it goes, be it for the morning commute to school, the workplace, or for those extended joyrides on the highway. The bike’s overall appeal has resulted in plenty of awards, including being honored as the 2009 Metric of the Year by V-Twin Magazine.

But more than all the fancy awards, the V Star 950 Tourer achieves plenty of what you’ll need in a classic tourer. From its classic looks to its powerful engine to its excellent handling performance, the V Star 950 Tourer covers everything in a cruiser bike checklist. So much so, in fact, that you won’t need anything more than just shelling out the money to buy one.

If you have that, then nothing’s stopping you from conquering the roads on your V Star 950 Tourer.

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2011 Yamaha V Star Custom

2011 Yamaha V Star Custom

Yamaha’s full-size V Star family of cruiser bikes has made a name for itself for being one of the most popular lines of Yamaha bikes in the world. The smallest of the lot, the V Star Custom, may not carry the same cache as its more powerful brothers, but for strict monetary value, it’s completely second to none.

The bike combines outstanding performance with great overall handling, packing plenty of attitude in a low, long, and lean package. Featuring plenty of chrome, a striking luminous paint, and a bobtail rear fender, the V-Star Custom’s design is as striking as its iconic name suggests.

Make no mistake, there’s a lot riding in Yamaha’s new line of Star bikes. And just as they’ve done in the company’s long and illustrious history, the Japanese motorcycle brand has come out with a model range that’s as good as advertised, even for its lofty standards.

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2011 Yamaha V Star 250

2011 Yamaha V Star 250

With all the history surrounding the Yamaha V Star 250, it’s easy to think that this classic bike has had its fair share of memories from all over the world.

First introduced in 1989 as the Yamaha Virago 250, the V Star is the epitome of a timeless bike, one that has stood generations yet still manages to be as successful today as it was back then. It’s also one of the most copied bikes in the world, especially in Third World countries where they appear far more times than any other bike in history.

Despite the fact that the V Star 250 has been around for a little over two decades, it still offers plenty of appeal to riders the world over. It’s become one of the most famous and popular bikes for riders of all shapes and sizes and has become the ’uncompromising solution’ for those in the market for a sharp little cruiser.

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2010 Star V Star 250

2010 Star V Star 250

Choosing the ideal motorcycle can sometimes prove challenging, especially in the case of riders who have just obtained their licenses and don’t know exactly what to look for. Because the Star V Star 250 often emerges as the uncompromising solution, we decided to get a closer look at the 2010 model year and see what makes it so great.

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2010 Star V Star

2010 Star V Star

Buying a real cruiser, tourer or custom has absolutely nothing to do with cylinder capacity. That’s the first idea you get when checking out the 2010 V Star lineup, especially the 650cc trio, the Classic, Silverado and Custom. These bikes are built with reliability, comfort and fuel efficiency in mind and it is by now a fact that beginners love them mostly due to offering diversity in the form of entry-level products.

Does 40-cubic-inch of V-twin motor ring a bell? This is one of the first engines to power a Yamaha cruiser-type motorcycle and ten years after being introduced it still rocks…on three stylish different models.

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2010 Star V Star 950

2010 Star V Star 950

Ever since Yamaha decided to brand all their cruiser-type models ‘Star’, they have aimed towards delivering outstandingly refined machines as well as reviving legends such as the VMAX. But they were lacking new models and the new V Star 950 models stand as the first steps towards changing that situation.

The V Star 950 was built from ground up and addresses either to riders who are just starting out or to those in search of the best cruiser that $8K can buy.

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2010 Star V Star 1300 Tourer

2010 Star V Star 1300 Tourer

Star builds their 2010 V Star 1300 Tourer as the ideal midsized highway motorcycle that makes no concessions in what concerns power, comfort and built quality. Combining a bulletproof and dynamic 80-cubic-inch engine, a low (28.1 in) seat height and Star unmatched fit and finish, this package simply had to be widely exploited.

Last year we saw two different models available, the simple V Star 1300 and the V Star 1300 Tourer. This last came fitted with a tall windscreen, leather-wrapped, hard sidebags as well as a passenger backrest, all contributing at delivering a machine that is meant to keep the rider and passenger traveling for long distances in complete comfort. Well, find out after the break how the 2010 model year is even more comfortable and stylish.

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2010 Yamaha V Star 950 rendering

2010 Yamaha V Star 950 rendering

Yamaha hasn’t yet launched its 2010 line of cruisers, the so-called Star motorcycles, but designers have already started to speculate regarding the evolution of different models. We have a hunch that the 2010 Yamaha V Star 950 won’t receive more than some new colors, but came across some interesting sketches that reveal the contrary.

Adrian Sellers is a designer based in Huntington Beach, CA. He is specialized in Industrial Design, Design Management and Illustration, but we’ve come to find that he is quite interested in the evolution of motorcycles and transportation vehicles in general. His V Star 950 rendering retains the original Star look and adds a little more salt and pepper, managing to mix the classic and custom style with great ease. The spoked wheels aren’t from the production bike, neither is the seat and we can’t help noticing how the V-Twin engine is much easily stood out. It would have been nice to speculate about the different possible colors, but it seems that a shiny Red will always set a Star apart from the crowd. Just check out the 2010 VMAX (the only new Star model to be seen yet). .

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2009 Star V Star 1100

2009 Star V Star 1100

Probably Star’s most appropriate motto would be “A Star for everybody” as they offer different, but close sized engines to power a variety of models that are meant to suit all possible riding demands. Take the V Star 1100 lineup for instance. This fills in the gap between the V Star 1300 and V Star 950 with three similar and yet so different models, the Classic, the Silverado and the Custom. So which one suits you best?

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