Motorcycle Review of the Yamaha V Star 950 Tourer – Yahoo Voices – voice…

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Yamaha V-Star 950

What Does the Rest of the Pack Have That the Yamaha V Star 950 Tourer Not Have?

Touring cruisers have come a long way since the 1980’s. Where once tourers were confined to either specialty bikes or sportbike-esque riders, touring motorcyclists today have a plethora of options from which to choose.

With the proliferation of ultra-big motorcycles has also sprung forth the resurgence of the mid-size cruiser, identical in many ways to their larger, more unwieldy brethren, mid-size touring cruisers such as the Yamaha V Star 950 tourer tout better handling, lighter weight, and more affordable price tags. When you ask what does the Yamaha V Star 950 not have that bigger bikes do have, the answer comes back a resounding ridability.

Mid-size cruisers have the luxury of being the everyman’s bike, while also appealing to the everywoman. They don’t carry the bulk of large cruisers, have lower seat heights, and often come decked out with all the touring gear that you can throw at it, and still come in under the price of big bikes. The Yamaha V Star 950 tourer is no different. Its 942cc air cooled four stroke V-twin engine is no slouch for power, and has all the technological goodies you would expect in a new Yamaha motorcycle.

Compression is 9.0:1, the V-twin is fuel injected to help with those cold start issues which plague carbureted motorcycles, and the ignition is controlled by a transistor which Yamaha names the TCI, or Transistor Controlled Ignition. A belt final drive is pretty standard fare for the Star line, and for the Yamaha V Star 950 tourer, it might have been better for Yamaha engineers to go ahead and go the sensible route with the now-popular shaft drive, which would make the Yamaha V Star 950 tourer practically maintenanceless.

The Yamaha V Star 950 tourer features a 26.5 inch seat height, more than comfortable for most women and men, but with an overall length of 95.9 inches, the Yamaha V Star 950 tourer has the presence of a much larger motorcycle, possibly daunting to some less experienced riders, but hardly so for veterans. Braking is handled by hydraulic discs both front and back, with the front featuring a 320mm disc, while the rear has a 298mm disc.

Yamaha V-Star 950

Eight spoke cast wheels finish off the Yamaha V Star 950 tourer package nicely, and a stated 47 miles per gallon fuel economy ensures that the 4.4 gallon tank will take you further than you might expect. With an overall weight of 612 Lbs, the Yamaha V Star 950 tourer is relatively light, and easy to pull up off of its side stand. Two variations in pricing of the Yamaha V Star 950 tourer include three different paint schemes.

For $8990, you can choose between the Raven black Yamaha V Star 950 tourer, and a Black Cherry version. For an additional one hundred dollars, you can choose the Liquid silver version, a neat metallic paint that really shimmers in the light. Can the Yamaha V Star 950 tourer best the big boy tourers?

No doubt about it, this bike kicks ass.

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