Yamaha took a unique approach to designing the V-Star. The company's customer surveys showed that the major reasons for purchasing a middleweight cruiser were styling, rider comfort, handling, reliability, and value. Each of these requirements were directly addressed in the design process. Yamaha's stylists didn't have to look any further than the Royal Star's exemplary looks, fit, and finish. And the V-Star received generous applications of style from the Royal Star's palette. Rider comfort issues were addressed by giving the V-Star a full-sized riding position for people on the six-foot side of the spectrum, while not raising the bar so high as to eliminate the shorter inseamed folks. Handling comes from the V-Star's good suspension, competent brakes, and likable engine. The centerpiece of any motorcycle is its engine. The V-Star's engine traces its roots to the air cooled, 70-degree V-twin Virago 535. The 535cc engine's bore increased 5mm and the stroke increased 4mm for a new bore and stroke of 81 x 63mm, bumping the V-Star's displacement to 649cc. The V-Star retains the 535's two-valve cylinder-head design and compression ratio of 9.0:1. However, each cylinder's single overhead cam cuts a new profile, and the Mikuni carburetors' throats shrank from 34mm to 28mm, for better response off the line at the expense of some power up at higher rpm. Exhaust gasses exit via a two-into-two staggered dual system with a cross-over tube. The bottom end of the 535 received a major stylistic makeover and some strengthening, but remained relatively unchanged functionally. Bottom line is the Vstar 650 offers one of the best platforms for a new rider or one for the daily commuter. This is a bike that will afford you miles of smiles at a bargin price for sure. This bike has the windscreen, Floorboards, passenger backrest and rack. Like all our bikes this will be fully serviced, inspected and detailed at the time you take delivery. See this and other great deals at www.cyclehunters.com HaldemanAuto/cyclehunters.com 102 Old Ebenezer Rd Lebanon Pa, 17046 717-273-1809
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