2010 Star V Star 950 Comparison — Motorcycle USA

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Yamaha V-Star 950

2010 Star V Star 950

The Star V Star 950 presents the refined stylistic cruiser in the shootout, at least to our eyes.

the second-largest motorcycle maker in the has done a fine job branding its Motorcycles cruisers as a unique in the American cruiser ranks. Its new V Star 950, introduced in model year, represents the quite well in the appearance the middleweight splitting the difference the 650 and 1100 displacements of its Star-branded

Of all our comparison competitors, the Motorcycles’ V Star 950 looks the ‘cruiser-ish.’ At least that’s how seem from our angle. tires, thick fork, tank, backswept bars, lines… Yamaha PR speak the V Star 950’s lines as Style Classic” saying used the influence of a single, line along the entire almost as if the wind has sculpted the Sure, we’ll buy it, why not? the wind credit, but whatever the the Star held sway in

The V Star 950 riding position the second-most satisfying ergonomics by our

The lone air-cooled metric the V Star clean front end the shiny V-Twin sans – a real boost to the appearance The right-side 2-into-1 exhaust into a broad single the only bike in our test to do so. As for the escaping from the pipe, fine, but didn’t distinguish in our opinion.

The bulky muffler routes the exhaust from inside the largest in our shootout at 942cc. The two forged pistons barrel up and down an 85 x bore and …, the two ceramic-coated set at a 60-degree V angle. A single cam actuates the four-valve head, chrome-plated valve covers add to the aesthetic of the engine.

The air-cooled mill its own on the dyno too, but falls in peak output to the Kawasaki. production at 50.2, was less 2 lb-ft off the Vulcan. The 44.9 registered a larger six-hp On the street, however, the V Star the most robust feel on the top

That’s not particularly how the dyno say we should interpret the feel of the motor, but, what can we that’s how it felt.

Star V 950 Dyno:

44.9 hp @ 560 rpm (third-highest)

50.3 lb-ft @ 3400 rpm

Rap the throttle and the Star barks obediently, but not with the menace riders crave. Once it winding it out, however, the V thrums with ready Most riders reported the Star’s felt best when wrung out and hard under acceleration, it did well at lower rpm as well.

Not as perhaps, as the Kawi while along at low speeds, yet still easy to ride.

Unlike its V Star kin, the 950 is injected. Truth be told, the on all the metrics seemed particularly without any harsh herky response. Also mellow and the five-speed transmission disappoints with its sticky neutral. the N was hard to light up on the dash, irritating on our test bike as it not turn over the engine in Neutral.

On the plus side, the clutch features a light

Ground clearance hampered the handling scores, touching on even routine corners.

The V biggest downfall was its minimal clearance. By minimal we mean floorboards turning right out of a parking Some riders enjoy the of laying down metal on the at every opportunity, usually a of hard riding. Okay, that’s fine.

But there comes a time, say a 616-lb fully-fuelled motorcycle a sharp bend, when you the scrape, and it keeps scraping, and way past the apex you blew and stop until your too close to the shoulder for comfort. The big floorboards make for a cozy but dial down the fun factor on real estate.

“Floorboards way too easily,” agrees Ray, “It’s hard to have

Yet hustling around the corners the V Star’s métier really. Its stomping grounds are the boulevard or modest backroad jaunts its suspension, a 41mm fork and monoshock, are more than Both handle bumps in the without trouble, and we never out, even on large

Still, there’s no denying turning the big Star requires effort than its competitors, the test’s longest wheelbase not deft at quick changes in

Yamaha V-Star 950

The Star didn’t turn in as as its competition, feeling the largest of all the rides.

“Yamaha’s handling was of funky feeling. It felt the largest bike and it didn’t want to turn like the explains Adam.

The bulkiest feel hurts the V at low speeds too, where it is the nimble ride. It feels its in parking lot maneuvers, with a particular chore. Reach to the bar taxed our grasp at times on turns, though the 26.5-inch height offers easy to a steadying toe tap.

Brakes effective stopping power A two-pot caliper pinches on a big 320mm rotor up front the rear single-piston squeezing a disc – once the rider down on the large right Maybe not quite the equal in our test riders’ estimations to the they were pretty close – the front quite to a moderate squeeze at the lever.

The on the Star better suited our than the smaller Harley and The V Star can handle larger with a wide seat and riding position. The foot however, felt cramped for our feet, the heel-toe shifter in

Normal-sized folks won’t and we’ll concede the fact that the the comfort factor. The long, feel low in comparison to the (and even Honda), but the feels natural. All told, the are comfortable enough, though the got less cozy the longer we sat on it.

The fit and finish on the Yamaha rated top amongst our testers. Star together a sharp package and it all clean and well made the minimalist instrumentation setting a chrome top piece on the tank. Our big fault is the headlight, while bright from the front, our unit’s low beam aimed too low on the ahead — enough to night riding unsettling so than usual).

The high worked well, but approaching didn’t much care for it.

The Star V Star 950 looks the of a cruiser, with fantastic befitting a larger design.

fuel efficiency for the 950 almost the list at 47 mpg, which to a range of 207 miles from its 4.4 tank. Surprisingly, the 47 mpg mark is what Yamaha promises on its (how cynical we are… noteworthy, Yamaha’s claimed wet of 612 lbs is refreshingly close to the fully-fueled curb weight we measured on our as manufacturers are now finally listing weight figures).

The V Star 950 sports an attractive MSRP for the Candy Red paint we rode. Raven or Pearl will cost an extra The purchase comes with a warranty, just like the of the Japanese rides.

The Star a lot of value for a fine-looking cruiser. Add in aftermarket accessory offerings and the V is a ride that can be further out. As it is in stock trim, the V 950 represents a solid cruiser with riders able to big-bike looks at a small-bike

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