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2009 Yamaha V-Star 950 First Look

Monday, September 8, 2008
At the heart of the new V-Star 950 is a 942cc  60-degree  single overhead cam V-Twin.
An all-new model Star's V-Star 950 sports big cruiser looks but is powered by a 942cc V-Twin.
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
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.
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.


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Genuine steel fenders grace both ends of the V-Star 950 and follow new  sport classic  design cues that are exclusive to the Yamaha in the entry cruiser segment.
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.
Surrounding the V-Star 950 engine is a redesigned steel frame and new 41mm front fork that is said to provide a lightweight and easy-to-ride feel.

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Mark Ravenhorst -Just a weekend rider  October 11, 2010 01:26 PM
10/11/2010 - 54 years old 6' 195#. This is my 2nd bike, my first one was a 2007 V-Star 650 Custom that I purchased used (only 585 miles) in May of 2009, fell in love with it, put about 7,500 miles on it just riding weekends and occasionally to my job which is a 54 mile one way trip. Took it in to my Yamaha dealer for the 8,000 mile service in Aug 2010 and was looking at this new 2009 Black Cherry 950 Tourer, I debated for about a week, went back and made the trade! Since August I have put over 2,600 miles on it. Like I said, I'm a newbie at riding, but have fallen in love with it. If my job would allow it, would love to take a month and just cruise back roads, older "main roads" that are less traveled and see the USA!! I've ridden a lot of the back roads of Mississippi, from Starkville to the Gulf Coast and from Louisiana to Alabama. To me there is no better feeling then riding in the wind, seeing the sites, smelling the awesome smells (yes from pole cats to chicken houses to fresh cut grass and hay to a family cooking on their backyard grill), looking up and seeing a clear blue sky with white clouds scattered about, riding through the cool spots. Guess I got carried away, if you have a chance to buy one, do it!! or at least take it for a test ride, it has power and ease of handling, saddle bags are plenty large enough, I had them put a luggage rack on mine, have a touring bag I had purchased for my 650, so I have plenty of room when I finally get the chance to take it for an overnight or over weekend trip. RIDE SAFE!!
WR -V Star 950 custom classic  September 19, 2010 05:59 PM
Can't wait till the dealer gets the V Star 950's in the show room.I have done my home work and I think this is the bike I have been waiting for.I am 56 years old, and I do not care about speed just a good reliable cruiser that is air cooled, and modern and fits my body to the tee. way to go Yamaha or aaah! Star!.Cheap practical,beautiful and more high end grunt than the Vulcan 900 Kawasaki.But only a little faster.Truth be told it will be between the two said bikes for me to choose from.the Feel, up close looks, comfort and handling.ect. all will play in which bike I will get (950 custom classic 950 v star)
Ron -Excelant middle weight  August 10, 2010 02:03 PM
I have a 2010 950 Tourer and it is a great ride.Very easy to handle and good mileage(around 50 mpg)Excellent bike for someone that does not want a big cruiser,but the cruiser look, and handles like a sport bike.And if your under 6'you will love the feel. The only thing that could be improved would be a 17" windshield insted of the 15". Really not a complant just a suggestion.
Carol Anderson -2010 V Star 950  February 27, 2010 05:59 PM
Just got my first bike. Its white with pink pinstriping, its so awesome! Its being built this week, should be able to get it by the end of the week. YAAAAYYYYY!!!
wayne -950 air cooled  November 24, 2009 12:51 PM
why, why could'nt yamaha have the newest middle weight bike water cooled????........ that means the only other choice would be the v star 1300
Carl Cavanagh -Great bike  September 7, 2009 05:06 PM
I live in Australia,had to wait a month for my bike,done over three thousand kilometers in two months,fantastic ride,looks great,creates alot of attention for the right reasons
Paul Kramer -950  May 18, 2009 09:00 AM
I have a black cherry bike it looks awesome.The only problem with this bike is when you go over a bump the bike sounds like its going to fall apart.It has alot of noise from the front of the bike.
John Franco -Just got mine  April 24, 2009 04:13 AM
I love it - I'm 5'8" with a 30in inseam and it feels the right size - I never had floorboards before so that took a little getting use to - mine is Candy Red - I also got the v-star crash bars - they really look great on the bike, much better than any after market - got the quick release back rest and carrier - So after i save some money - its a new seat and the start leather covered bags and then I'm all set!
Art Bedard -V Star 950 touring  April 1, 2009 02:25 PM
Might be a great bike if you can actually get one. Ordered mine in January as of April one all I can find out is that I might get an April delivery. Yamaha needs to get their act together
Rob Weinberg -Re; Colors for the NEW Yamaha 950 Tourer model  November 7, 2008 06:29 AM
How sure are you that the 950 Tourer Model will be sold in "Black Cherry"? I've read many conflicting reports on the colors of this bike. I'm anxious to read your reply.