2011 Yamaha V Star Custom motorcycle review @ Top Speed

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Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom

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year: 2011 Model: Star price: $6,890 Engine: air-cooled, SOHC, 2 valves per cylinder, 70 degree, V-twin engine Transmission: wide-ratio, five-speed transmission Displacement: 649 L

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Yamaha ’s full-size V Star family of cruiser bikes has made a name for itself for being one of the most popular lines of Yamaha bikes in the world. The smallest of the lot, the V Star Custom, may not carry the same cache as its more powerful brothers, but for strict monetary value, it’s completely second to none.

The bike combines outstanding performance with great overall handling, packing plenty of attitude in a low, long, and lean package. Featuring plenty of chrome, a striking luminous paint, and a bobtail rear fender, the V-Star Custom’s design is as striking as its iconic name suggests.

Make no mistake, there’s a lot riding in Yamaha’s new line of Star bikes. And just as they’ve done in the company’s long and illustrious history, the Japanese motorcycle brand has come out with a model range that’s as good as advertised, even for its lofty standards.

Find out more about the Yamaha V Star Custom after the jump.

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Design


Performance

The Yamaha V Star Custom comes with a beautifully chromed and polished 649cc, air-cooled, SOHC, 2 valves per cylinder, 70 degree, V-twin engine that cranks out torque at low- and mid-range power for smooth cruising performance. This particular engine has been designed to produce strong torque and horsepower with a maximum torque of 3,000 rpm. The V Star Custom also has twin Mikuni BDS28 carburetors with throttle position sensors (TPS) that provide crisp throttle response.

Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom
Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom

A wide-ratio, five-speed transmission makes for a bike that’s both extremely usable while also delivering cruiser-friendly power delivery. A classic, side-mounted air cleaner and automatic cam chain tensioners reduce maintenance and mechanical engine noise. There’s also an exposed shaft drive that provides quiet, clean, reliable performance while the 2-into-2 chrome exhaust pipes creates sleek styling while delivering maximum engine power.

Brakes and Suspension

The V Star Custom features a large-diameter, double-cradle, steel frame that has been designed to provide a low seat height with enough ride legroom to make run-arounds very comfortable. A spring preload-adjustable, single-shock rear suspension lowers the bike’s center of gravity, allowing for excellent handling and easy maneuverability while a rear shock is tucked out of sight for that classic, hardtail look.

In the front, the V Star Custom comes with a 298-mm front disc brake with twin piston caliper, delivering a strong, confidence-inspiring stopping power. At the back, there’s an easy-to-adjust rear drum brake with wear indicator.

Narrow front tire on spoked chrome wheel completes the Custom design and delivers quick steering for easy handling. Large 16-liter fuel tank for an extra long cruising range. Beautiful, tank-mounted speedometer features 3D speed graduations.

Functions include odometer and tripmeter displays.

Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom
Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom
Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom
Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom
Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom
Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom
Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom
Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom
Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom

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