Description
Specs
Standard Features
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Description

Super price great value lots of features lots of power come test ride

LONG AND LOW, THE WAY TO GO

The V Star 950 features the longest wheelbase in its class for that stretched look and incredible straight-line cruisability, along with an ultra-low seat height of just 26.5 inches. A fuel injected, air-cooled V-twin working eight valves via roller rockers provides plenty of thumping torque and power for real open road cruising. A fat tire out back and a final belt drive get the power to the ground and look good doing it.

Specs

Manufacturer
Yamaha
Model Year
2011
Model
V Star 950
Price
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Color
Raven

Dimensions

Length
95.9 in.
Height
42.5 in.
Width
39.4 in.
Weight
613 lbs.
Wheelbase
66.3 in.
Seat Height
26.5 in.

Engine

Engine
4-stroke, V-twin, SOHC, 4-valve
Displacement
942 cc
Bore x Stroke
85 x 83 mm
Compression Ratio
9:1
Fuel System
Fuel injection
Fuel Tank Capacity
4.4 gal.
MPG Rating
47 mpg
Ignition
TCI (Transistor Controlled Ignition)
Clutch
Multi-plate wet
Cooling
Air

Drivetrain

Transmission
5-speed
Final Drive
Belt

Brakes/Wheels/Tires

Brakes
Front: 320 mm hydraulic disc
Rear: 298 mm hydraulic disc
Wheels
8-spoke cast
Tires
Front: 130/70-18M/C 63H
Rear: 170/70-16M/C 75H

Operational

Suspension
Front: Telescopic fork; 5.3 in. travel
Rear: Single shock; 4.3 in. travel
Rake
32° (caster angle)
Trail
5.7 in.

Standard Features

Key Features
 The V Star 950 won the prestigious "Metric of the Year" award in 2009 from V-Twin® Magazine.  
 V Star 950 is the benchmark in the middleweight cruiser class, appealing to seasoned riders as well as those looking for a friendly entry-level cruiser. The air-cooled V-twin delivers plenty of distinctive, big-cruiser character and pulsing torque feel. Seat height is an extra-low 26.5 inches. The full-sized chassis has a long, low look and provides spacious comfort. Handling is sporty and responsive, great for curvy back roads and commuting around town as well as open-highway cruising.  
 The 942 cc 60-degree V-twin engine is both simple and sophisticated. Sure, there’s no-fuss air cooling for traditional looks. But inside you’ll find the reason for the surprisingly spirited performance: four-valve cylinder heads, ceramic-composite-lined cylinders, forged aluminum pistons, and fuel injection. The meticulously tuned 2-into-1 exhaust system has a throaty exhaust note, and also 3-way catalyst technology to reduce air pollution.  
 The carefully designed chassis contributes to an exceptionally light feeling riders are sure to appreciate. The double-cradle steel main frame offers an ideal rigidity balance in the longitudinal, lateral, and torsional directions, using the engine as a stressed member. With the engine mounting position slightly forward for optimum front-rear weight distribution and its large, 18-inch front wheel, V Star 950 has outstanding handling performance.  
 The V Star 950 achieves fuel economy up to an estimated 47 mpg* with a fuel tank that holds 4.4 gallons of gas.  
 Fender are real steel, front and rear. That adds to the quality look and feel, and makes customization easier.  
Engine
 The 57.5 cubic inch (942 cc) engine is an air-cooled SOHC 60-degree V twin. With four valves per cylinder, a pent-roof shaped combustion chamber, and 9.0:1 compression ratio, this engine has been carefully designed to produce excellent power characteristics – and best-in-class acceleration.  
 To keep friction loss to a minimum and help the engine achieve the ideal performance characteristics, special compact roller-type rocker arms with needle bearings are used. These also reduce top-end weight for excellent mass centralization.  
 The combustion chamber shape was precisely engineered to direct the fuel air charge into the center of the piston for faster combustion and maximum power. Ceramic-composite-plated cylinders provide excellent heat dissipation and reduced oil consumption.  
 High-quality forged aluminum pistons have a lightweight, high-strength compact design that contributes to reduce vibration.  
 The designers realized that the engine’s V twin character was so pleasing on its own that a counterbalancer was unnecessary. This also contributes to simplicity and less operating noise.  
 Sophisticated fuel injection is used on the V Star 950. The injectors are four-hole, two-directional types with spray aimed at the valve surfaces. That produces good fuel atomization for faster and more complete combustion which contributes to excellent drivability. The fuel injection system also adopts an ISC (Idling Speed Control) valve for outstanding idling stability.  
 Lubrication is provided by a simple, reliable wet sump system.  
 The 5-speed transmission is all new, with a smooth shifting feeling, and gear ratios spaced to let the rider take full advantage of the engine’s torque characteristics and enjoy comfortable cruising at highway speeds. Naturally, power is efficiently transferred to the rear wheel using simple, quiet belt drive.  
 The engine’s look is highly detailed, with polished cylinder fins and beautifully chrome-plated cylinder head covers, for an exceptional appearance sure to be noticed.  
 The V Star 950 achieves fuel economy up to an estimated 47 mpg* with a fuel tank that holds 4.4 gallons of gas.  
Chassis / Suspension
 The steel double-cradle frame is long and low, contributing to the bike’s spacious 95.9-inch (2,435 mm) overall length and 66.3-inch wheelbase. That means a great ride to go along with the great looks.  
 The seat height a mere 26.5 inches off the pavement, one of the lowest around, and a fuel tank that’s made as narrow as possible where it meets the seat, it is easy for most riders to put both feet firmly on the ground.  
 Fenders are real steel, front and rear. That adds to the quality look and feel, and makes customization easier.  
 The big 18-inch front wheel helps deliver this cruiser motorcycle’s sporty handling characteristics and "Sport Classic" cruiser looks. The low-profile 130/70-18 tire is mounted on an 8-spoke lightweight aluminum wheel. The 170/70-16 bias ply rear tire adds a beefy look and helps transfer all that torque and power to the pavement.  
 Large 320 mm front and 298 mm rear discs provide strong braking capacity with excellent feel.  
 Front forks feature big 41 mm tubes, and rear suspension is a bottom-link-type monocross shock. Settings are calibrated to deliver a plush ride that is increasingly firm as the suspension is compressed for good handling and comfort over bigger bumps in the road.  
 The V Star 950 has a wonderfully light feel. Surprisingly, even though it has a full-size chassis, the bike weighs just 613 pounds wet, with a full tank of gas and all fluids.  
Additional Features
 The large-diameter meter is mounted on the fuel tank for a traditional look. Meter functions include speedometer, fuel level warning light, oil level warning light, and odometer with two trip meter functions, fuel trip meter, and clock display. The LCD display illumination can be adjusted using a right side handlebar switch.  

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