2009 Star V Star 950 Tourer Hot Bike Baggers

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Yamaha V-Star 950 Tourer
Yamaha V-Star 950 Tourer


It’s hard to that Baggers is now two years We’re no longer a new magazine caters to our collective love of cruisers but still strive to be the For the most part, our handfuls of rides over time focused mostly on big, displacement motorcycles from the of Harley-Davidson, Victory, even a with a couple of smaller bikes thrown in the mix, as the Buell Ulysses XT and BMW’s

Compared to the 1700-plus-cc displacements for the Trumpet) of the CVO’s and Visions of the on paper the 1200’s just plain small.

We haven’t conspiring against smaller machines; there are just not bikes that offer amenities from the factories as saddlebags and a windshield) in a smaller There sure aren’t any in America. Not everyone wants to or is capable of handling a 900-pound

In the fairness of our readers we decided to Star Motorcycles a call to test its newest touring the V Star 950 Tourer. As you might noticed from the name the is powered by Star’s 942cc, (one per cylinder), air-cooled V-twin, cradled in a Softail-style This latest offering a windshield, leather-wrapped hard and a passenger backrest to the …, 950.

The extras add around a $1,000 to the tag, but still comes in at $9,000. Star Motorcycles, parent company is Yamaha, to place the 950 Tourer in the middle of the between the 650 and the 1,100 V Star

At first pass our Liquid Star test bike very well put together, a nice mix of contrast provided by the shades of silver and black. on the bike proved to be an overall experience, as the bike looks larger than it feels. A low and easy to reach, wide bars put the rider in a very position. Rider floorboards are forward allowing the legs to stretch out.

On the left a nicely shaped heel/toe doesn’t get in the way when you want to your foot around; the section lets you hang foot off the back of the board getting in the way. Passengers get fold-up rubber covered as well as a very nice bar with large padded embossed backrest.

The two other attractions on this bike are the saddlebags (keyed the same as the and fork-mounted windshield. The hard saddlebags are covered in real and actually work. We’re surprised at how useless, from a standpoint, some manufacturer’s can be. Not the case here.

The top-opening bags hold a lot of and securely shut with a mechanism inside that obstruct entry into the A push button is used to the latch and can be easily accomplished one hand, an important feature it’s raining outside and you your hands full.

For the part the fit and finish are top notch-not the of craftsmanship one would expect what’s essentially a budget bike. The paint is well and smooth and complemented by the mixed use of and blacked out parts. A particularly item is the color-matched headlight and chrome accents.

Sitting the fuel tank is a teardrop-shaped with a large speedometer. The speedo contains indicator/warning and digital odometer with two A very useful miles on feature pops up in the LCD when the warning light shines This helps because it a bit of effort to see the low-mounted speedo.

on the right bar control cycling trip-meters and resetting the display. One that indicates the lower point of this bike is the seam along the bottom of the gas tank. The placement of the exposed above the rear brake’s cylinder appears to have an engineering afterthought.

But, those are definitely not breaking faults, as there are so nicely detailed bits on this bike. Check out the two-tone aluminum wheels; the signal mounts; and perfectly windscreen and trim.

Although the weighs in at a bit over 600 pounds it much lighter when it off the easy access jiffy That’s mostly due to the low center of and relaxed ergonomics. The aforementioned provide a nice amount of that easily control the at all speeds.

A combination ignition/fork is located on the top triple tree. turning the key and thumbing the starter the EFI motor comes to life any external input. A mellow, yet note comes from the two-into-one exhaust system. action is smooth and light in the most congested traffic.

A and nicely geared five-speed feeds power to the rear through a left-side belt and much like H-D Big Twins.

still this bike great, feels good to sit on, and the are naturally laid out. only the beginning though, as the 950 feels like a bona Touring motorcycle out on the open Getting to put a couple of thousand on the clicker during heavy wind, mountains, city, and revealed just how far Star has since its 1996 inception.

Yamaha V-Star 950 Tourer
Yamaha V-Star 950 Tourer

There’s no tachometer to indicate but cruising all day above the speed doesn’t lead to excessive Even at 85 mph there’s still left to accelerate to make a without downshifting. All five are spaced very well to the demands of hectic city or traffic. On the dyno the numbers not seem huge but comparatively it has roughly the same hp-per-pound as a H-D Touring bike.

So, while no tire shredder, it has ample to climb the steepest grade. All of is accomplished with very gas mileage too.

Star its goal of producing a bike should satisfy beginners to veterans alike. Especially if of the bigger Touring bikes on the feel too big or cumbersome. The combination of light weight, and well-tuned inspire confidence. Of course, a bike that’s this low and to ride often brings a

In this case it would be the that touch down a lot than some may like. We got very accustomed to riding on the and Star did a great job of engineering and the mounts to safely carve up the Unlike some bikes, the boards on the Tourer was a signal there was more lean to go after. As long as you don’t the flying sparks and sound it can be

Each board is hinged and replaceable ‘feelers’ on the underside. A nice touch and it keeps the of the floorboard looking new. the braking might seem on paper, the single front worked and felt great. It slowed the bike down any unwanted nosedive. Combine the with the super grabby disc and be prepared for very stopping.

The rear is almost too locked up, especially for heavy/stomping newbies.

Wind protection was due to the size and shape of the Star It’s broad yet not very in either direction. Anyone 5-foot-six should be able to see the screen, not having to look it while riding.

Wind buffeting was nonexistent, nor was the effect observed during crosswinds. More kudos to the who obviously designed this to right as opposed to some that just bolt a of clear plastic to the frontend.

As you can see are definitely alternatives on the market to our need to travel on two wheels. In case bigger is not always and the V Star 950 Tourer should be on test-ride list this You get big bike looks, comfort, and capabilities along with a budget-minded price tag.

Add to hundreds of available factory-designed to personalize it how you want it and the Star better and better.

Yamaha V-Star 950 Tourer
Yamaha V-Star 950 Tourer
Yamaha V-Star 950 Tourer
Yamaha V-Star 950 Tourer


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