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This week: 2014 Yamaha V-Star 250: Please Re-Vote

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:24 pm

2014 Yamaha V-Star 250 on the Total Motorcycle Cool Wall

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The Road to Stardom...

Plenty of torque, smooth roll-on power, lightweight and a seat just 27 inches from the pavement make the 2014 Yamaha V-Star 250 super-nimble and maneuverable, and the perfect STAR to get STARted on.

There are a whole bunch of reasons to check out the V-Star 250, but the most intriguing is it's authentic V-twin powerplant, which means that you're getting full-sized rumble and styling in an easy to ride, lightweight bike.




2014 Yamaha V-Star 250 Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

• Light weight and a seat just 27 inches from the pavement make the V Star 250 a great trainer as well as a great choice for riders who appreciate the fun that comes in small packages.
• Dual exhausts, plenty of quality chrome and typical Star attention to detail; this is one sharp little cruiser.
• Front disc brake provides highly controllable stopping power.
• The V Star 250 is the only V-twin in its class.
• Estimated 78 mpg* means almost 200 miles between fill-ups.

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249cc, air-cooled, 60°, SOHC, 2 valves per cylinder, V-twin engine


Rider-Friendly
Smooth-shifting, 5-speed transmission provides versatile performance. Clutch lever pull is very light and novice friendly



2014 Yamaha V-Star 250 - Totalmotorcycle.com Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $4,340 (Candy Red) Available from July 2013; $4,340 (Pearl White) Available from July 2013
Canada MSRP Price: $4,499.00 CDN


Engine Totalmotorcycle.com
Type 15-cubic-inch (249cc) air-cooled, SOHC 60-degree V-twin, 2 valves/cylinder
Bore x Stroke 49 x 66mm
Compression Ratio 10.0:1
Fuel Delivery Mikuni® 26mm
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission 5-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Final Drive Chain

Chassis Totalmotorcycle.com
Frame Steel tube
Suspension / Front 33mm fork; 5.5-in travel
Suspension / Rear Dual shocks; adjustable preload, 3.9-in travel
Brakes / Front Hydraulic disc, 282mm
Brakes / Rear 130mm drum
Tires / Front 3.00-18
Tires / Rear 130/90-15
Wheels Laced Spokes

Dimensions Totalmotorcycle.com
Length 86.2 in
Width 28.0 in
Height 41.7 in
Seat Height 27.0 in
Wheelbase 58.7 in
Fuel Capacity 2.5 gal / California model 2.4 gal
Fuel Economy** 78 mpg
Wet Weight*** 326 lb
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Re: This week: 2014 Yamaha V-Star 250: Vote Today

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:22 pm

This week we have up a rider friendly, inexpensive way to get started into motorcycling. Used at rider courses and popular among new riders. Now it's up on the Cool Wall, what do you think of it if it showed up on bike night?

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Re: This week: 2014 Yamaha V-Star 250: Vote Today

Unread post by High_Side » Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:28 pm

totalmotorcycle wrote: Now it's up on the Cool Wall, what do you think of it if it showed up on bike night?

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Honestly - I don't think anyone would give it a second look. I'm sure its a great new rider ride, otherwise they wouldn't have been making nearly the same bike for 20± years. Does that make it cool? Nope....

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Re: This week: 2014 Yamaha V-Star 250: Vote Today

Unread post by Gummiente » Sat Aug 31, 2013 6:19 am

"...but the most intriguing is it's authentic V-twin powerplant, which means that you're getting full-sized rumble and styling..."

Well, that was my morning giggle. :lol: Honestly, Mr TMW Mike, sir, we need a "meh" option for these polls. This Suzuki is a solid, well built and lightweight staple in the diet of motorcycle courses and newbie riders, but it hardly raises anyone's pulse rate in love or hate. I'll abstain from voting on this one, as I don't feel it deserves a "cool" or "awesome" and definitely not an "uncool" or "fail".
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Re: This week: 2014 Yamaha V-Star 250: Vote Today

Unread post by ceemes » Sat Aug 31, 2013 6:47 am

Gummiente wrote: "...but the most intriguing is it's authentic V-twin powerplant, which means that you're getting full-sized rumble and styling..."

Well, that was my morning giggle. :lol: Honestly, Mr TMW Mike, sir, we need a "meh" option for these polls. This Suzuki is a solid, well built and lightweight staple in the diet of motorcycle courses and newbie riders, but it hardly raises anyone's pulse rate in love or hate. I'll abstain from voting on this one, as I don't feel it deserves a "cool" or "awesome" and definitely not an "uncool" or "fail".
What he said.
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Re: This week: 2014 Yamaha V-Star 250: Vote Today

Unread post by High_Side » Sat Aug 31, 2013 9:41 am

Gummiente wrote:This Suzuki is a solid, well built and lightweight staple......
Way to insult all of us Yamaha fans out there...... :P

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Re: This week: 2014 Yamaha V-Star 250: Vote Today

Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Sat Aug 31, 2013 3:46 pm

Fail in every aspect, I think they just threw out a deuce and a half for the competitive thing cause I see no reason for it :? ?
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Re: This week: 2014 Yamaha V-Star 250: Vote Today

Unread post by Gummiente » Sat Aug 31, 2013 5:00 pm

High_Side wrote:
Gummiente wrote:This Suzuki is a solid, well built and lightweight staple......
Way to insult all of us Yamaha fans out there...... :P
DOH!!! Yamaha! I meant Yamaha! :hide3:
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Re: This week: 2014 Yamaha V-Star 250: Vote Today

Unread post by Grey Thumper » Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:56 pm

Ok, I agree that on its own, this bike is pretty meh. But I can't help thinking of it (and bikes like it) in a nostalgic context. I learned on bikes likes this, not this exact model, but on a vaguely similar 250cc Honda Rebel. If you're, say, 17 or 18 years old and managed to scrape up the dough to buy a 10 year old V-Star, I'd imagine (or hope) most people your age would think that's incredibly cool. And bikes like these bring in new riders to refresh and invigorate our community of (often) old farts. That's pretty cool in my book.
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Re: This week: 2014 Yamaha V-Star 250: Vote Today

Unread post by Chabu » Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:23 am

I can only picture it on an MSF range, so a definite "meh" (aka uncool) for me.

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Unread post by blues2cruise » Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:41 pm

You're all voting from the point of view of experienced riders who want lots of power and "exotic styling.

If you are a beginner or a small person who only wants a commuter bike, then it is awesome.
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Re: This week: 2014 Yamaha V-Star 250: Vote Today

Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Tue Sep 03, 2013 7:58 am

I am really not, I am looking at several things it's to heavy and underpowered to ride safely in NJ traffic anywhere but in town.
1 280 mm disc not really good enough IMO. It actually doesn't even look that good to me and it's carbed.
There are so many better options it is a fail in comparison to the options available. Not hating on it really just a look at it from every angle I could think of.
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Re: This week: 2014 Yamaha V-Star 250: Vote Today

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:28 am

BRUMBEAR wrote:I am really not, I am looking at several things it's to heavy and underpowered to ride safely in NJ traffic anywhere but in town.
1 280 mm disc not really good enough IMO. It actually doesn't even look that good to me and it's carbed.
There are so many better options it is a fail in comparison to the options available. Not hating on it really just a look at it from every angle I could think of.
Ok, here is a challenge for you, find another 250cc cruiser that's $4k and better. The only one I could think of off the top of my head would be: http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/motorcyc ... Aquila.htm as it's $3999 and has FI. But then you are trading a Yamaha name for a Hysoung one for 10% less cost and (20%) 60lbs heavier.

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Re: This week: 2014 Yamaha V-Star 250: Vote Today

Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Wed Sep 04, 2013 1:27 am

cruiser is tough I am talking all small cc I don't even think there to many cruisers made in the 250/500 and there is good reason.
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Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Wed Sep 04, 2013 1:44 am

If it's cruiser style a scooter is a better buy IMO cruiser is tough I am talking all small cc I don't even think there are to many cruisers made in the 250/500 and there is good reason.I would honestly buy a rebel before the Vstar.
http://powersports.honda.com/2012/rebel.aspx
Also away from N America might be a better place to look for a 250/350 cruiser I think Royal Enfield has a 350 cruiser as well.
http://www.heromotocorp.com/en-in/the-b ... ycles.html
http://www.kymcousa.com/showroom/scoote ... index.html
http://royalenfield.com/motorcycles/thunderbird-350
and for shards n giggles
http://www.clevelandcyclewerks.com/bikes/
http://www.mahindratwowheelers.com/home.php
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Unread post by Chabu » Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:49 am

Cruisers are simply not meant to be that small - it is counter to how I define a cruiser. Cruisers are meant for straight line highway riding so I simply think that any cruiser with 250cc's is welll....ummm....wrong :) .

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Re: This week: 2014 Yamaha V-Star 250: Vote Today

Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Wed Sep 04, 2013 4:31 pm

Well with 189 votes for awesome you can be sure of one thing FACTORY YAMAHA is watching :laughing:
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BRUMBEAR wrote:Well with 189 votes for awesome you can be sure of one thing FACTORY YAMAHA is watching :laughing:
Nope just a cookie blocking exploit.

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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Thu Sep 05, 2013 1:21 pm

Well, I ended up going with: awesome

I would have a hard time not to give a entry level motorcycle such a rank because it means someone is new to the sport of riding and man, I know how much fun they are having getting into it, and not only that but they did it right by not starting on a massive cruiser. I'd definitely go up to them and let them know that too and give them a warm welcome into the motorcycling community. :D

The Honda Rebel would be tied I would say with the Yammie, it's about the same weight and about the same price, just depends on what looks/fits the rider best. Couldn't go wrong with either one IMO.

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