The entire existing Star line-up receives updated colors for ’09, and the Royal Star Venture gets a six-disc CD changer located in the left side-bag, but the big news is a totally new model. Say hello to the V-Star 950. Totally new and aimed at the entry-level buyer, the 950 is designed to have a big-bike look with the ease of riding typically only attained from a smaller machine.
At the heart of the new cruiser is a 942cc, 60-degree, single overhead cam V-Twin. The air-cooled lump features forged aluminum pistons with ceramic composite cylinder plating and a 9.0:1 compression ratio. Fuel injected keeps things running smoothly while still providing a big cc cruiser “power pulse” feel. A five-speed transmission mates to a belt drive to put the power to the pavement.
Surrounding the engine is a redesigned steel frame and new 41mm front fork that is said to provide a lightweight and easy-to-ride feel. Compared to the V-Star 1300, the
The ergos on the new V-Star 950 are intended to deliver a more comfortable, confidence-inspiring ride for shorter riders.
handlebars are pulled back 52mm and 5mm lower with a 41mm lower seat (26.6-inch height) that is narrower to allow for shorter riders to easily touch. The floorboards are 20mm forward and 21mm lower, all aimed at a more relaxed riding position.
Genuine steel fenders grace both ends and follow new “sport classic” design cues that are exclusive to the Yamaha in the entry cruiser segment. The 4.4-gallon fuel tank is slimmer and in it sits a new instrument cluster. Add to that an 18-inch front wheels shod with a low-profile to cap off the aggressive look. Colors include Raven black for $7,890, and Candy Red and Tommy Blue for $8,090. A touring version is available with bags, windscreen and backrest in Raven Black and Black Cherry for $8,990 and Liquid Silver for $9,090; all we be available in November.