2009 Star V Star 950 Tourer Road Test Rider Magazine

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Yamaha V-Star 950

2009 Star V Star 950 Road Test


January 12, 2009

photography by Tom and Nigel Kinrade

[This Star V Star 950 Tourer Test was originally featured in the 2009 issue of Rider

Throw a leg over the saddle, the bike off the sidestand, settle the commodious seat, turn the push the button-Baroom! Good not too loud. Pull in the left left toe snicks the gearbox first, a little throttle you let out the clutch, and smooth as a hot knife cold butter you’re Could be the start of a 30-mile to work.

Or cruising Main on Saturday evening. Or going to house for Sunday lunch. Or to Mount Rushmore a thousand away.

That’s what V Star 950 Tourer is for-easy short trip or long.

good, too, with flowing lines and handsome embellishments. I especially like headlight with the painted and the chrome enhancements. Styling cruisers, and the design department hard on this one.

Star V Star 950 Tourer

The 950 is an bike, based on old principles. The wet-sump, 60-degree V-twin has an square bore and … of x 83mm; for a capacity of 942cc. A single overhead camshaft four valves in each using roller rocker operate a little more than the sliding types engines use. Lightweight pistons slide up and down in liners, with a compression of 9.0:1.

Mikuni fuel injection regular gas through 35mm the Transistor Controlled Ignition the plugs, and the spent gases out through a two-into-one exhaust. The fuel-injection system has a sensor in the header pipe just it goes into the muffler to it easier to change mufflers, the rider be so inclined. And in the cruiser people are often motivated to buy mufflers, either for a new look or, the thought, more noise.

On the Tuning Dynojet dyno the V 950 cranked out 47.3 horses at rpm at the rear wheel, and 56.1 of torque at 3,200 rpm.

drive is by helical-cut gears, a cable-actuated clutch and five-speed and a belt final drive. I was with the light clutch and flow of power, minimizing any of stalling when starting up. On the roads that all motorcyclists to ride, climbing and descending lots of tight curves to be a pleasantly torquey motor such byways great

Changing gears is still but minimized thanks to the low-rev of the engine. The transmission has very shifting, and never missed a

A good, no-frills touring ready for personalization at a good, price.

This powertrain, in a double-cradle frame, is solidly Despite not having a balancing in the engine, the vibes off the single-pin are minimal, and even quite for the cruising rider who is not interested in the and maximum lean angles, enjoying the gentle throb.

There is no tachometer, but a big speedometer is on the gas tank, along with the warning lights and a “multi-function unit” which can do a diagnosis the engine have problems. has conveniently put select and reset for the minimalist computer up on the right so if you leave the gas station and realize you not reset the tripmeter, you don’t to take your hand off the bar in to move it back to zero. touches like this can a rider to his ride.

At the front is a Kayaba fork with 5.3 of travel; at the back, a single nitrogen-charged shock with 4.3 of travel. The shock has nine preload settings, and a tool is for the job, which can be done taking off a side panel. is not very convenient and I would found it preferable to use one of those round adjusters which can be by hand, especially on a tourer as this.

Good-looking, eight-spoke wheels are at both ends, a 130/70 x 18-inch tire on the a 170/70 x 16 at the back. Rather be exotic, with bizarre connecting the hub with the rim, the designers decided to make look almost like a wheel, and they have a good job without the misery of tires. Each wheel has a disc brake, and since is not a dive-into-the-corner-hard-on-the-brakes sportbike, the brakes more than adequately.

Wheelbase is 66.3 inches, and the wet for the touring model, including 4.4 of gas in the tank, is 660 pounds, which is par for the cruisers. Average fuel was about 41 mpg, with a of 47 mpg. That can mean a range of more than 200 always leave that half gallon for real

The low-fuel light goes on 0.8 gallons left.

This lid design works well seat bags and duffels.

is straightforward. Oil changes and valve checks every 4,000 a new filter every 8,000; and a new paper element in the air cleaner 24,000 miles.

On the 950 the handling is good, very light, easy. Rake of 32 degrees and of 5.7 inches provides a nice between quick steering, on the hairpin curves, and in-line good to have at 90 mph. of the easy power and handling, is advertising this as a good for both relatively new, as as experienced, riders. And for the short-legged as well, with a very low height of 26.6 inches.

the forward part of the rider’s is narrow, making it even to put both feet on the ground. is an important consideration, as 660 pounds are to pick up if the bike falls in a slippery gas station.

Star a lot of claims about the saddle, and the that went into it. it seems they may have on padding to get the seat so low, and my was a mite pained after hours on the road. I would opt for the Cruise accessory seat. the saddle, the ergonomics are quite with long floorboards for the legs to be moved back and a heel-and-toe shift mechanism, and a 1-inch handlebar-over a meter tip to tip.

The overall design is very a 21st-century approach to the “classic” lines. The gas tank is nicely with a chromed cover the speedometer and warning lights. but efficient steel fenders a healthy look, and the wheels a pleasantly airy appearance them.

Rather unsightly are the reservoir and horn down by the pedal-they look like add-ons.

The Tourer comes a short windscreen, a pair of hard bags and a backrest for the Aware that the cruiser love to “personalize” their the Star line has almost 90 available for the 950, from “bling” to different saddles, a rack and, of course,

Marketing people say that the cruiser purchaser will well over a thousand on accessories before even the shop, and Star means to advantage of that. The full accessory catalog runs than 200 pages and offers from braided-steel brake to golf balls-I kid you not!

Yamaha V-Star 950
Yamaha V-Star 950

All instruments are mounted on the tank, and a mileage computer.

To take a all you have to do is throw a change of and a toothbrush in the saddlebags, which a wide opening at the top and are easy to They close with and use the ignition key to lock-very convenient.

No rain riding, so I cannot say or not they are waterproof. I keep the bottle in the left bag, as the bag heats up a bit with the muffler close underneath. I like the windscreen because I want to over the top, rather through it.

The owner does accessory windscreens to choose

Out on the highway the 950 loafs along at 60 mph Want speed? The speedometer is at the 90 mark in the twinkling of an eye after I down to fourth and turn the On the narrow twisting backroads the touch down easily if I am enthusiastic, but the boards do flip up.

And they touch is a small bit of non-sparking metal, so the boards can be to look new at minimal cost.

60-degree V-twin uses a crank for a loping feel. rocker arms in the four-valve heads reduce friction.

On the roads the suspension was OK, but not great. But is in the nature of the cruiser…it is intended for going, not rough. Star has a good job in putting together a motorcycle, one that will a perfect platform for personalization.

that is the key to cruiser ethos, the owner to make his own machine in appearance.

This midsize is a section of the market, especially the Japanese players. There’s the 750 Shadows. the Suzuki 805cc and the Kawasaki Vulcan 900s to mention Harley’s 883 Sportsters and 865 Speedmaster and America models.

Stopping to smell the flowers: in the life of every motorcyclist.

In the market perhaps the most factor will be price. new model comes either as the V Star 950, for $7,890, or the V Star 950 Tourer for $8,990‚ was our choice to test as Rider touring motorcycles. The price is but more importantly one needs to the feel and look of the machine.

The V 950 Tourer does everything and its price point is very so if you like the look you really go wrong.

2009 Star V 950 Tourer Motorcycle Review Chart

Base Price:

The 950 is not too big and not too small, with a very low height, just right for who want to travel long and

Type: Air-cooled, transverse V-twin

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

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