2012 Yamaha V Star 950 Review –

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Big-cruiser feel of the nicely priced mid-displacement variety

The 60-degree V-Twin engine powering the V Star 950 employs EFI, a 4-valve-per-cylinder, SOHC valvetrain with roller rocker arms and ceramic-composite plated cylinders, dissipating its heat into the passing breeze instead of a surrounding water jacket.

The Mikuni fuel injection system draws air from a three-liter airbox and fuel from a 4.5-gallon gas tank to feed their mixture to the two cylinders via dual side-draft throttle bodies. Once inside the 85mm x 83mm cylinders, two forged-aluminum pistons compress the mixture against pentroof combustion chambers at a 9.0:1 compression ratio. Spent gases flow into a 2-into-1 exhaust system featuring a dual expansion chamber muffler that sounds somewhat tinny.

Fuel efficiency is a claimed 47 mpg.

The V Star 950 and the 950 Tourer (featuring leather-covered hard saddlebags, a backrest and a windscreen for an extra $1,000) come equipped with modest amounts of chrome, but owners can exercise the option to increase the amount of shiny parts through a copious selection of OE chrome components or darken the bike’s profile with the Jeff Palhegyi Signature Series of “Midnight” accessories.

The Liquid Silver standard 950 V Star at a recent press launch was outfitted with the following Star accessories:

Quick-release short windscreen and mounts: $537.90

Hard Saddlebags by HardStreet and mounts: $899.90

Windshield Bag: $89.95

Comfort Cruise solo seat: $299.95

Big Bar engine guards: $179.95

Custom Midnight covers: $426.70

Yamaha V-Star 950

Running lights kit: $309.95

Billet license plate frame: $84.95

Chrome belt guard: $119.95

Grand total for all those goodies comes to $2,949, but let’s focus on the first two items, the quick-release windscreen and hard saddlebags. Together they retail for $1,438, increasing the price of the standard V Star 950 to more than the MSRP of the Tourer model. However, the Tourer’s windscreen is not of the quick-release variety, and given a choice between the two, we’ll take the quick-release windscreen and its ability to easily adapt the 950 Star to various duties.

Mileage gobbling on your way to a weekend retreat, simply snap the windscreen in place before leaving then snap it off and remand it to your hotel room while tooling around the local area — very nice.

The HardStreet saddlebags, on the other hand, aren’t conducive to long getaways. Attractive and color-matched but short and narrow with only 3,600 cu. in. of volume, the bags aren’t meant for serious distances. A person can, however, choose to purchase the same bags found on Tourer model ($1,224 for bags and mounts) and increase the carrying capacity to a combined 4,600 cu. in.

Star has available less expensive saddlebag options, and there’s always the aftermarket, but the quick-release windscreen is a must-have convenience for which we’re willing to pay. The quick-release screen is available in short, medium and tall heights, but we preferred the shorter screen as it created minimal wind disturbance .

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

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