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Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom
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- 2009 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom
2009 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom
The lightest V Star is built to perform.
Plenty of attitude in a low, long, lean package. The best value Star model.
The 2009 V-Star 650 Custom features lots of chrome, luminous paint, a bobtail rear fender, and the convenience of a clean, quiet shaft drive. Don't be surprised if your friends think it's a one-of-a-kind custom machine.
Plenty of attitude in a surprisingly lean and low package - priced to leave more for you to express yourself with cool Custom Star Accessories. Now there's no reason to settle for less than a real Star.
From the day it hit the street, the V-Star 650 Custom has been a huge hit.
We started with an authentic V-twin powerplant and a lean, low-slung chassis, and then tricked it out with lots of chrome, luminous paint, and a bobtail rear fender. And thanks to its chopper profile, shaft drive, and low seat height, the end result is no ordinary custom. The V-Star 650 Custom is so stylish and unique, people will swear you must have customized it yourself. Don't worry - we won't tell a soul.
- 649cc V-twin
- Light, low-slung chassis
Beautifully chromed and polished 649cc (40-cubic-inch), air-cooled, SOHC, 2 valves per cylinder, 70 degree, V-twin cranks out torquey low- and mid-range power for smooth cruising performance. Maximum torque occurs at a low 3,000 rpm.
This engine has been designed to produce strong torque and horsepower in the most usable riding range (50 to 120 km/hr).
Twin Mikuni BDS28 carbs with throttle position sensors (TPS) provide crisp throttle response.
Wide-ratio, 5-speed transmission ensures extremely usable, cruiser-friendly power delivery. 5th gear is an overdrive gear for reduced engine rpms at highway speeds for a smooth comfortable ride.
Light clutch action is perfect for novice riders.
Maintenance-free, transistorized coil ignition provides sure starts and excellent engine performance.
Classic, side-mounted air cleaner not only adds that special styling touch but also is easy to service.
Automatic cam chain tensioners reduce maintenance and mechanical engine noise.
Low-maintenance, exposed shaft drive provides quiet, clean, reliable performance.
2-into-2 chrome exhaust pipes creates sleek styling while delivering maximum engine power. The conversion to aftermarket items is simple and straightforward.
Air Induction System (A.I.S.) reduces harmful CO and HC exhaust emissions.
Lots of chrome engine parts highlight quality and value.
Stout, large-diameter, double-cradle, steel frame is designed to provide a low seat height with ample rider legroom.
Long, 1,610mm (63.4") wheelbase provides a stable ride and predictable handling while creating that long and low retro look.
41mm front fork with 140mm (5.5") of wheel travel ensures a smooth, comfortable ride. Chip guards prevent stone knicks from damaging tubes.
Spring preload-adjustable, single-shock rear suspension lowers centre of gravity for better handling and easy maneuverability. Wheel travel is 86mm (3.4"). There are 7 steps of spring preload adjustability.
Rear shock is tucked out of sight for that classic, "hardtail" look.
Single 298mm front disc brake with twin piston caliper delivers strong, confidence-inspiring stopping power.
Easy-to-adjust rear drum brake with wear indicator
Low-profile seat provides exceptional rider comfort, while class-leading low 695mm (27.4") seat height allows most riders to put feet firmly on the ground for extra confidence.
Narrow front tire on spoked chrome wheel completes the Custom design and delivers quick steering for easy handling.
Large 16-litre fuel tank features class-leading fuel capacity for an extra long cruising range.
Beautiful, tank-mounted speedometer features 3D speed graduations. Functions
include odometer and tripmeter displays.
Industry-leading, Star Family fit and finish features rich, lustrous paint and extensive chrome accents creating a machine as stunning as it is powerful.
"Bullet-style", chrome, 60/55-watt, halogen headlight adds a stylish touch while maximizing nighttime visibility.
Low-maintenance, sealed battery ensures reliable, no-hassle starting.
Locking helmet holder
Locking side cover storage compartment adds convenience and security.
Self-cancelling turn signals with stylish clear signal lenses
Forward-mounted rider footpegs
Removable passenger seat
3D Yamaha side cover emblems
Bungee cord tie-down points near passenger footpegs prevent unwanted scratches.
2009 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom - USA Specifications
MSRP* $6,399 (Tommy Blue w/Flames) Available from July 2008; CA model from August 2008
$6,299 (Raven - Midnight Custom) Available from June 2008; CA model from August 2008
Type 40-cubic-inch (649cc) air-cooled 70° V-twin; SOHC, 2 valves/cylinder
Bore x Stroke 81 x 63mm
Compression Ratio 9.0:1
Carburetion (2) 28mm Mikuni® CV carburetors
Transmission 5-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Final Drive Shaft
Frame Steel; hidden shock
Suspension/Front 41mm telescopic fork; 5.5" travel
Suspension/Rear Single shock; adjustable preload, 3.4-in travel
Brakes/Front Hydraulic disc, 298mm
Brakes/Rear 200mm drum
Length 92.0 in
Width 34.6 in
Height 42.0 in
Seat Height 27.4 in
Wheelbase 63.4 in
Ground Clearance 5.5 in
Fuel Capacity 4.2 gal
Wet Weight 513 lb / C: 517 lb
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)
2009 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom - Canada Specifications
Engine Air-cooled,SOHC, 2-valve, 70°, V-twin
Bore and Stroke 81 x 63mm
Compression Ratio 9:1
Maximum Torque 5.2kg-m (37.5 ft-lb)@ 3,000 rpm
Fuel Delivery Mikuni BDS28 x 2
Ignition Digital TCI
Drive Train Shaft
Suspension (Front) 41mm fork
Suspension (Rear) Adustable link Monocross
Brakes (Front) Single 298mm disc
Brakes (Rear) Drum
Tires (Front) 100/90-19
Tires (Rear) 170/80-15
Length 2,340mm (92.1")
Width 880mm (34.6")
Height 1,075mm (42.3")
Wheelbase 1,610mm (63.4")
Seat Height 695mm (27.4")
Fuel Capacity 16 litres (3.5 imp. gallons)
Wet Weight 233kg (512.6 lb)
Colour(s) Metallic Black
*Prices and specifications subject to change without notice.