2014 - 2016 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom
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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2015 - 2017 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Deluxe
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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