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2012 Yamaha V-Star 950 Tourer Review
Long low neostreamline style in a scaled down package
with a windshield, leather-wrapped hard bags, and a passenger backrest.
Fully equipped with windshield, passenger backrest and leather-wrapped hard sidebags, the moment you pull your 2012 Yamaha V-Star 950 Tourer onto the on-ramp, the highway is yours.
Power, handling, comfort and style. The V-Star 950 Tourer offers serious middleweight performance and in user friendly, confidence inspiring package. Lightweight, easy handling and a low seat height will appeal to new riders, while seasoned veterans will appreciate the comfort of the Tourer's windshield, locking saddlebags and passenger backrest. Discover your free spirit... whether commuting to work or exploring back roads.
Check out our latest casual touring cruiser that is fun to ride, easy to operate and easy to afford.
The V-Star 950 features a full size chassis, high quality fit and finish plus the most sought after touring items. A fuel injected 942cc V-Twin takes care of the "go" while a super low seat height, light agile handling plus windshield and saddlebags will appeal to veteran and "newbie" riders alike.
* Fuel economy estimates are based on US EPA exhaust emission certification data obtained by Yamaha and converted into Canadian measurements. Your actual mileage will vary depending on road condition, how you ride, maintain your vehicle, accessories, cargo and operator/passenger weight.
2012 Yamaha V-Star 950 Tourer Features and Benefits
Fuel Consumption * 20kpl/57mpg(Imp)
Air-cooled, 942cc, SOHC, 4-valve, V-Twin power plant
Long, low, agile chassis with windshield, backrest & saddlebags
The V Star 950 Tourer rolls out with a windshield, leather-wrapped hard sidebags, and a passenger backrest all standard, ready for the open road or the commute to school or work.
V Star 950 is the benchmark in the entry cruiser touring 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 26.6 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. No wonder V-Twin® Magazine named V Star 950 the 2009 Metric of the Year!
The 942cc 60° V-twin engine is both simple and sophisticated. Sure, theres no-fuss air cooling for traditional looks. But inside youll 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 Tourer has outstanding handling performance.
The V Star 950 Tourer achieves fuel economy up to an estimated 47 mpg* with a fuel tank that holds 4.5 gallons of gas.
Fenders are real steel, front and rear. That adds to the quality look and feel, and makes customization easier.
942cc, air-cooled, SOHC, 4-valves per cylinder, 60° V-twin produces outstanding low- and mid-range torque - maximum torque is reached at only 3,500 rpm - for exceptional cruising performance.
One-piece cylinder heads feature 4-valves per cylinder to provide optimum volumetric or filling efficiency for maximum power output. More fuel / air mixture entering the combustion chamber means increased power output. Two smaller intake valves allow more air flow than a single large valve. Two smaller valves (lighter) also allow for higher rpms before valve float.
Pent roof type combustion with optimized squish area forces the fuel / air mixture toward the centre of the combustion chamber (and the centrally located long reach spark plug) for faster, more complete combustion and in turn improved power and reduced emissions.
Cylinder heads feature polished fins for a quality appearance, while the cylinder head covers are chromed.
The SOHC valve train features 31.5mm intake and 28mm exhaust valves with single valve springs which reduce friction and power losses. Specially designed "Y" shaped roller rocker arms activate the valves. The roller rocker system features a needle bearing surface rotating against the camshaft allowing the lift of 2 valves at the same time without producing excessive camshaft wear and friction.
Auto adjusting cam chain tensioners are used to reduce mechanical engine noise and maintenance
Lightweight "liner-less" aluminium cylinders feature ceramic composite plating for superior heat dissipation for better cooling, less friction, reduced weight and longer engine life.
Single pin style crankshaft is used to enhance engine character and exhaust note.
Flat top, forged, lightweight aluminium pistons provide excellent durability while reducing reciprocating mass for fast throttle response.
Wet sump oil delivery system features an easy access spin-on type oil filter. Traditional dipstick is used to check oil level.
Classic side mounted, large capacity, 3 litre air box houses an easy access, high-flow viscous paper-type filter. Its design highlights and compliments the V-twin engine appearance. The outer cover is chromed.
Dual bore, 35mm throttle body fuel injection system with TPS (Throttle Position Sensor) and ISC (Idle Speed Control). This is a "closed loop" system that utilizes a heated oxygen sensor. The oxygen sensor feeds back info to the ECU which in turn adjusts the fuel/air mixture for maximum power with minimum emissions. The oxygen sensor is located before the mufflers, so the use of slip-ons will not affect this system.
4-hole, 2-directional spray, Denso injectors are used for excellent fuel atomization and more complete combustion chamber filling. There is one injector per cylinder.
Fuel injection benefits include improved fuel economy; choke less starting, reduced emissions, and smoother drivability. The XVS950 has been tuned to provide a very "linear" throttle response for easy riding.
Powerful 32 bit ECU controls the ignition and fuel injection process
Stylish 2 into 1 exhaust system features a 3-way honeycomb-type catalyser at the entry point to the muffler. The catalyser reduces harmful exhaust emissions, while the "dual stage type" muffler produces a low, throaty V-Twin exhaust note.
One-way clutch-type electric starter decreases mechanical noise during starting.
Multi-plate "outer pull type'" wet clutch is used. Lever pull is light and easy.
5-speed transmission features optimized gear ratios for excellent city and highway drivability. Transmission gears use "straight cut dogs" for smooth, positive shifting. 5th gear delivers outstanding cruising performance and reduced rpms at highway speed
One piece classic heel-and-toe shifter adds versatility and enhances the overall cruising experience.
Transistorized coil ignition provides a hot spark for sure starts and is maintenance-free.
Clean, quiet belt drive system is extremely low maintenance and simplifies customization. The belt features "Aramid" cords for excellent strength and reduced stretching.
Air Induction System (A.I.S.) reduces harmful CO and HC exhaust emissions.
Numerous chromed engine parts reinforce this motorcycle's quality image.
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION
Double cradle steel frame offers roomy ergonomics, great handling and a low seat height. This frame utilizes a 4-point rigid engine mounting system to optimize the overall rigidity balance for superior handling. The engine is a stressed member of the frame. Rake is 32 degrees. The engine is mounted low in the chassis to provide a low center of gravity for a light, easy handling feel.
"Box section" steel swingarm compliments the frame
The V-Star 950 features one of the lowest seat heights in its class (675mm / 26.6"), making it very easy for most riders to place both feet flat on the ground, an important benefit for novice or shorter riders.
The long (1685mm / 66") wheelbase provides very stable and precise handling at all speeds. Both of these benefits will help instil confidence in novice riders.
"New Style Classic" body design is based on a single streamline running along the entire body surface. This stylish design highlights a low, lean, and lighter sportier image and feel than conventional old style cruisers. The long, low design means spacious ergonomics with lots of leg room, which maximizes both rider and passenger comfort.
Beefy 41mm front fork features stylish large-diameter brushed-finished fork covers. Wheel travel is 135mm (5.3") for a smooth, comfortable ride.
Monocross style, single-shock, bottom link rear suspension centralizes mass for light, agile handling. The linkage system provides a rising rate or progressive effect that provides excellent compliance on small bumps then increases in firmness for large bumps.
Spring preload adjustable rear shock is vertically mounted behind the engine and is tucked out of sight for that clean, classic "hardtail" look. Rear wheel travel is 110mm (4.3"). The 9 positions of spring preload adjustment allows the rider to tailor spring preload to suit rider weight, load and road conditions.
Single, large 320mm front disc brake features a pin slide - type caliper with twin pistons for strong, confidence-inspiring stopping power.
298 mm rear disc brake is squeezed by single piston caliper mounted to the underside of the swingarm. This design not only helps to hide the caliper but also lowers the center of gravity for light handling.
Pull back 1 inch diameter handlebars are easy to reach and enhance the riding position for excellent rider comfort. Chromed bar end weights reduce vibration for excellent rider comfort.
17 litre teardrop shaped fuel tank compliments the long, low "New Style Classic" body line. The reserve portion of the tank is 3.7 litres.
Separate rider and passenger seats offers excellent comfort and support for all day riding fun. Rider seat height is only 675mm or 26.6 inches off the ground. The front portion of the rider seat is narrow to make it even easier to touch the ground. The passenger portion of the seat can easily be removed if desired.
Leather covered hard shell saddlebags feature a stylish tapered design and are lockable for extra security. The bags offer ample room for casual touring.
Passenger backrest with embossed Star logo provides that extra peace of mind for a passenger.
Medium height windshield features chrome accents and a central Star logo that enhances the unit's overall styling. This windshield offers excellent wind and weather protection and can be easily removed with only 4 bolts.
Front and rear fenders are made of steel for easy customization and demonstrate the quality of build.
Full-size, "floating-type" rider floorboards are roomy and comfortably positioned while also helping reduce vibration. There is a replaceable "scraper" area on the lower edge of the footboard.
Lightweight 8-spoke cast aluminium wheels are fitted wide tubeless tires. These stylish wheels feature a "split" spoke design. The rear drive pulley matches the wheel. Front wheel is 3.50 inches wide fitted with a 130/70 -18 bias tire, while the rear is 4.5 inches wide fitted with a 170/70 -16 bias tire.
Fuel tank mounted instrument features an analog speedometer, digital odometer, dual tripmeters, low fuel tripmeter, clock and low fuel warning light. The instrument illumination can adjusted to suit the rider's preference via the RHS switch gear.
Handlebar switch gear allows the operator to change instrument meter functions via buttons on the RHS handlebar switch, thereby eliminating the need to take your hands off the bars to "tab through" the main instrument functions.
60/55 watt high intensity halogen headlight emphasizes the "New Style Classic" body styling. The headlight is adjustable up and down plus left and right.
Convenient pre-wired accessory plug-in for passing lamps inside the headlight
Industry-leading Star family fit and finish features rich, lustrous paint and extensive chrome accents creating a machine as stunning as it is powerful.
Extra wide brushed aluminium front brake and clutch levers provide a quality feel.
High output 460 watt generator.
Electric fuel pump.
Low-maintenance, lightweight, compact, sealed battery ensures fuss-free, dependable starting.
Steering lock is integrated into the main ignition switch for extra convenience.
Self-cancelling turn signals.
Conventional passenger foot pegs.
Excessive lean angle sensor will stop the engine in the event of a tip over.
Convenient under seat helmet holder bracket
Upper & lower belt covers help prevent debris from entering the belt and pulley areas.
Stylish clear signal lenses.
Convenient pre-wired accessory plug for passing lamps inside the headlight shell.
2012 Yamaha V-Star 950 Tourer - USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $9,490 (Raven) Available from August, 2011
$9,490 (Impact Blue) Available from August 2011
Type 57.5-cubic-inch (942cc) air-cooled 4-stroke, V-twin, SOHC, 4-valve
Bore x Stroke 85.0mm x 83.0mm
Compression Ratio 9.0:1
Fuel Delivery Fuel injection
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission 5-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Final Drive Belt
Suspension / Front Telescopic fork, 5.3-in travel
Suspension / Rear Single shock, 4.3-in travel
Brakes / Front Hydraulic disc, 320mm
Brakes / Rear Hydraulic disc, 298mm
Tires / Front 130/70-18M/C 63H
Tires / Rear 170/70-16 M/C 75H
Wheels 8-spoke cast
Length 95.9 in
Width 39.4 in
Height 42.5 in
Seat Height 26.6 in
Wheelbase 66.3 in
Rake (Caster Angle) 32.0°
Trail 5.7 in
Fuel Capacity 4.4 gal
Fuel Economy** 47 mpg
Wet Weight*** 657 lb
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)
2012 Yamaha V-Star 950 Tourer - Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $12,099 CDN
Engine 4-stroke, air-cooled, SOHC, 8-valve, 60 degree, V-twin
Bore and Stroke 85 x 83mm
Compression Ratio 9:1
Maximum Torque 8 kg-m (57.9 ft-lb) @ 3,500rpm
Fuel Delivery 35mm dual bore throttle body fuel injection
Estimated Fuel Consumption* 20kpl / 57mpg (Imp.)
Lubrication Wet Sump
Ignition / Starting TCI / Electric
Transmission 5 speed
Final Drive Belt
Suspension (Front) 41mm fork
Suspension (Rear) Adjustable link Monocross
Brakes (Front) 320mm disc
Brakes (Rear) 298mm disc
Tires (Front) 130/70- 18
Tires (Rear) 170/70- 16
Dimensions / Technical Details
Length 2,435mm (95.9")
Width 1,000mm (39.4")
Height 1,340mm (52.8")
Wheelbase 1,685mm (66.3")
Seat Height 675mm (26.6")
Fuel Capacity 17 litres (3.7 Imp. gal.)
Wet Weight 298kg (657 lb)
Colour(s) Vivid Purplish Blue
* Fuel economy estimates are based on US EPA exhaust emission certification
data obtained by Yamaha. Your actual mileage will vary depending on road condition,
how you ride, maintain your vehicle, accessories, cargo and operator/passenger
Specifications, appearance, and price of product are subject to change without notice.
* MSRP does not include freight, PDI (Pre Delivery Inspection), pre-rigging (boats), or taxes. Dealer may sell for less.
2012 Yamaha V-Star 950 Tourer Press Release:
Star Motorcycles Introduces 2012 V Star 950 and 950 Tourer
Cypress, California, June 8, 2011 The 2012 V Star 950 is the benchmark in the entry 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 26.6 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.
No wonder V-Twin® Magazine named V Star 950 the 2009 Metric of
The 942cc 60° V-twin engine is both simple and sophisticated. Sure, theres no-fuss air cooling for traditional looks. But inside youll 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 tensional 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, the V Star 950 has outstanding handling performance.
The fenders are real steel, front and rear. That adds to the quality look and feel, and makes customization easier.
The V Star 950 Tourer rolls out with a windshield, leather-wrapped hard sidebags and a passenger backrest, all standard, ready for the open road or the commute to school or work.
The V Star 950 and V Star 950 Tourer achieve fuel economy up to an estimated 47 mpg* with a fuel tank that holds 4.5 gallons of gas.
The 2012 V Star 950 comes in Liquid Silver or Candy Red with an MSRP of $8,490. The V Star 950 Tourer comes in Raven or Impact Blue with an MSRP of $9,490. Both will be available at Star Motorcycles dealerships nationwide beginning in July.
* Fuel economy estimates are based on US EPA exhaust emission certification data obtained by Yamaha. Your actual mileage will vary depending on road conditions, how you ride and maintain your vehicle, accessories, cargo, and operator/passenger weight.