2009 V Star 950 First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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Yamaha V-Star 950

2009 V Star 950 First

Yamaha’s Star Motorcycles the 2009 V-Star 950 as an entry-level for the cruiser market.

The idea is make it look big and stylish, but light and nimble, while feeling large. Okay, not so simple. Sounds almost right? Not when you are in the business of an entry-level cruiser.

You see, wants that big-bike but not everyone wants a 700-pound pig handles like a John — especially less riders. And while this may easy enough to achieve, not. It is, however, extremely

This is why Star has spent a deal of time and money the all-new V-Star 950.

to recent market research, in the States cruisers find way into the hands of the highest of new buyers each year, than two-fold over the Of that, over 80 percent of choose an entry-level (under machine with that increasing slightly over the year. This is one of the few growing even in our current economy) segments today, adding to is an already very large of entry-level machines currently on the — Hence the aforementioned of the new 950.

Innovation, From

Star (and their company Yamaha) never and hopefully never will be, one to sit and relax, trying to make an dollar by hyping up minor to an existing model. They have easily just their highly successful 650 a quick-fix steroid injection and a new gas with flashy paint and it a day.

We here at MotoUSA, on the hand, have never fans of companies who care too about the so-called bottom — we like daring and So does Star. And always one of the to push boundaries with machines, the boys in blue started with a clean when designing the all-new 950.

Design for their latest sweeper originated in our very own Beach, California, at the GK Design house. In fact, everything its styling was done here in the right up to the final engineering (Japan handles that). the majority of cruiser sales are this seems like a idea.

Called a Sport look, much of their for the bike came from car manufacturer Bugatti’s iconic of the 1920s, the Type 38A Roadster; seen it? Google it. It’s to argue with the styling of one the sought-after and valuable cars in Their idea was to make it extending beyond just wheels, with a modern and authentic roots.

More it should have a sporty and classic look all while very light, slim and the rider sitting very in the motorcycle, in order to become one it.

Every girl’s crazy a sharp-dressed man. Oh yeah, what Star is hoping to with the stylish appearance of its cruiser.

Achieving this starts up front with a new front wheel and low-profile or Bridgestone tire (more on stuff later), housed in an steel fender. A stretched sleek fuel tank for the sporty side of things, 4.4 gallons. With a claimed 47 that equates to more 200 miles between fill-ups of range in the big cruiser world).

A stylish gauge cluster atop of the tank, features of the classic look, but still a full array of indicator trip meters, fuel and so on. High quality, wide-faced and clutch levers add to the beefy, feel as well.

Beating at the heart of the new machine is a new air-cooled to stay true to those roots), 60-degree V-Twin which sits at an official This it the result of an almost 85mm x 83mm bore and featuring single overhead and four valves per cylinder. are now actuated via roller rocker for reduced mechanical friction and a crankshaft is utilized for that Big V-Twin Pulse.

Claimed output is 58.2 lbs.-ft. at rpm, measured at the crank about 50 or so at the rear wheel).

Air is via a larger, 3.0-liter airbox, petrol is delivered via a Mikuni fuel injection system. FI is requested by you, the people, in rider surveys. The side-draft throttle body has two 35mm each with their own

Fuel is then combusted in composite plated cylinders at a compression ratio, propelling new aluminum pistons.

Five speeds are at your disposal via a floorboard-mounted shifter and benefit straight-cut gear dogs and large-diameter (10mm bigger V-Star 1100) fiber plates; oil filter is now spin-on for convenience. This mill to the rear wheel via a belt system. The Aramid-reinforced belt at a beefy 28.6mm for durability.

Belt drive allows for a connection to the rear wheel as as much more customization as compared to the shaft drive on the smaller Star 650.

A steel frame makes up the for an all-new chassis. Features four-point rigid engine with a 32-degree rake and of trail and an extremely low 26.6-inch height (V-Star 650 Custom is as comparison). Up front a 41mm KYB provides 5.3 inches of travel, out back a link-type SOQI features 9-position adjustable and has 4.3 inches of travel.

Slowing down is a sole 320mm and 2-piston brake caliper in accompanied by a single 298mm and single-piston caliper out back. attach to new, lightweight wheels which measure 18 x 3.5 in and 16 x 4.5 in the rear. Bikes will come shod with or Bridgestone tires depending on date. Color options for the model include Raven Tommy Blue and Candy

The Raven will retail at while the other two will be more at $8,090.

There is to like about the Star 950 the nice lines, smooth and the attention to detail that and Yamaha are famous for.

And if you are one to log serious miles with on your mind, a V-Star 950 will be available as well. treatment includes a short leather-covered saddle bags (11 capacity), and a quick-release passenger Available colors are Raven Black Cherry and Liquid with the Raven Black and Cherry retailing for $8,990, the Liquid Silver hits the floor at $9,090.

Both models will be dealers by the end of November, as will a line of Star accessories 87 total, 47 of them brand new for the 950.

Looking Big — Small

Climb aboard the Twin and in no way does it feel or entry-level. Physical size your legs is substantial, a wide spread to the bars, forward at a sleek tank bleeds into a large, headlight bucket that to be pulled straight from a 60s roadster. The view from the says big-bore cruiser in way. Just one look out at the out handlebars and classic-styled bucket and you will be evoking scenes Easy Rider .

Ergonomics to be equally as accommodating. Legs at a very comfortable angle, the floorboards feeling the perfect away from center for truly — easy to but not too cramped, making for great distance comfort. Not to be overshadowed was the which you sit very inside of, as to on top of, providing great support as the racked up.

The sound emitted the 2-1 exhaust says bigger-bore as with a nice muffled As does the power and torque at the 16-inch rear wheel. In if put in a drag race with V-Star 1100, I wouldn’t bet the new 950, feeling easily as off the line as its big brother.

At speed the is more of the same — smooth, seamless and easy-to-use. may complain that it lacks the of a rumbling, carbureted Big Twin. And the 950 is close to that elusive Big feeling, thanks in-part to the new crank design, sometimes really is no replacement for displacement.

On the other hand, this is very rider-friendly starting time on the first push of the running flawlessly no matter how hot or

Vibration at low speeds is next to though due to the low gearing and use of a 5-speed at freeway cruising speeds 70 mph it is a tad high in the rpm range (over causing a bit of a buzz on the feet and Far less than that of its 650cc brother, but this is that full-size 1500cc chugging along at 3,000 would be nice.

From the low height to the belt drive about the Star 950 is easy on the

In contrast, where not having big 1500cc beast is nice, is it comes to handling. Very to flick from side to the new 950 is equally poised and balanced at speed. During our numerous shoots, tight-quarter U-turns required when making passes. No sweat for the 950.

5 to 85 mph, the Star chassis right at home, balanced and to rider input, never vague in any way; no doubt did their homework.

The only factor in the turns is cornering As is usually the case with a the large and wide floorboards turn into pavement as speed and lean angle They fold up quickly and inhibit handling much, if at that is until the floorboard mounts touch down, at point we would highly reducing your pace and your lean angle.

While the tires and suspension are than up to the task, hitting parts could result in not so pleasant results.

Unnoticed the day, but in a good way, the brakes. While they stand out as being amazing, were more than up to the at hand, easily getting the new slowed down in any situation. feel is there as well, us plenty of feedback as to what were doing at all times both the front brake and the floorboard-mounted rear pedal.

big factor in this appealing is the price. With it retailing at a tad over $1200 more the little V-Star 650 Classic, and far more like a full-sized we would venture to guess the of the 650 are numbered. Bottom line is the 950 does everything really handles light, feels looks stylish.

Plain and behind the controls of the Star 950 is a very nice place to be.

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