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Yamaha V-Star 950
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- 2009 Yamaha V-Star 950
2009 Yamaha V-Star 950
Looking for a new generation cruiser that is fun to ride and easy to operate?
A cruiser that features a full size chassis, high quality fit and finish plus a super low seat height. The all new V-Star 950 offers class leading performance and plenty of cruiser character so you can discover your free spirit in comfort, style and confidence.
The all new V-Star 950 offers middleweight performance is unser friendly, confidence inspiring package that will appeal to entry level riders right through to seasoned veterans. The 2009 Yamaha V-Star 950 offers a exciting combination of excellent engine performance and character with plenty of power for longer highway adventures combined with the styling and all the cruiser amenities that demanding customers have come to expect.
Right bike. Right time. Right now.
Meet the all-new 2009 Yamaha V-Star 950, a bike with the Roadliner's long and low neostreamline style and stance, scaled down to a more manageable size and price range.
Feel the pulse
The handsome new 2009 V-Star 950 is Yamahas latest addition to our head-turning cruiser line up. Powered by a gutsy V-twin engine, and equipped with a low seat height and a full-sized, easy-handling chassis, the long-and-low Yamaha V-Star 950 is designed for the rider who wants heavyweight looks and lightweight feel. At the heart of the Yamaha V-Star 950 is a newly-designed 942cc air-cooled 4-valve engine featuring a compact 60º V-twin configuration. Featuring an uneven firing interval of 300º and 420º, this belt-drive V-twin delivers a powerful pulse feeling and the gutsy engine character is accentuated by the fact that no balancer shaft is fitted. With its Roadliner-influenced new style classic bodywork and large-diameter 18-inch front wheel, the Yamaha V-Star 950 offers heavyweight looks with lightweight handling.
2009 Yamaha V-Star 950 Highlights:
- 47 MPG
- All new, air-cooled, 942cc, SOHC, 4-valve, V-Twin power plant
- Long, low, agile chassis with user friendly 675mm (26.6") seat height
ALL-NEW FOR 2009
- As a new benchmark in middleweight cruiser class, the V Star 950 brings it all together in an exciting new package. A muscular 942cc air-cooled V-twin engine with plenty of distinctive, big-cruiser character and pulsing torque feel. A full-sized chassis for spacious comfort, with a long, low look that also means an extra-low seat height so valued by riders without extra-long inseams. Sporty, responsive handling that makes riding on curvy back roads or commuting around town as much fun as cruising the open highway. V Star 950 has the credentials to appeal to seasoned riders just as much as those looking for an entry-level, confidence-inspiring machine.
- The new 942cc 60° V-twin engine is both simple and sophisticated. Traditional air cooling is used, but this engine also has four-valve cylinder heads, ceramic-composite-lined cylinders, forged aluminum pistons, and fuel injection for spirited performance. A straightforward SOHC design is used, with special compact roller-type rocker arms, helps to keep the top end lighter for more mass centralization. The stylish 2-into-1 exhaust system has been meticulously tuned to provide an exceptionally pleasing, yet throaty exhaust note, yet it also includes 3-way catalyst technology to reduce air pollution.
- Theres more going on in the newly designed double-cradle steel frame than its decidedly clean, simple appearance. The steel main frame, which uses the engine as a stressed member of the chassis, has been carefully designed to offer an ideal rigidity balance in the longitudinal, lateral, and torsional directions. That translates to an exceptionally light feeling that riders are sure to appreciate. The front tire is mounted on a large diameter, 18-inch wheel, and engine mounting position is slightly forward to optimize front-rear weight distribution, all of which contributes to the V Star 950s outstanding handling performance, not only in cruising but on winding roads as well.
- The V Star 950 brings styling to a sleek new level, one we call Sport Classic. There are many classic cruiser styling characteristics. However, whats unique is the V Star 950s light and sporty look characterized by the large diameter front & rear wheels with low profile tires, thin body shape, and fenders that have just the right amount of volume and draw. The headlight and low-profile fuel tank are designed to accentuate the bikes light, low look, as is the openness around the engine and front wheel.
2009 Yamaha V-Star 950 Features:
All new 942cc, air-cooled, SOHC, 4-valves per cylinder, 60° V-twin produces outstanding low- and mid-range torque - maximum torque is reached at only 3,000 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 hence improved power and reduced emissions.
Cylinder heads feature buff 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 with a needle bearing surface rotating against the camshaft allows 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
All new die-cast, lightweight aluminium cylinders feature ceramic composite plating for superior heat dissipation for excellent 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. A 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 aftermarket slip-on mufflers will not affect this system.
Newly designed, 4-hole, 2-directional spray, Denso fuel 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 operation, 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
New 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
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 is similar to the XVS1300 and features "Aramid" cords for excellent strength and reduced stretching.
Air Induction System (A.I.S.) reduces harmful CO and HC exhaust emissions.
One piece classic heel-and-toe shifter adds versatility and enhances the overall cruising experience.
Numerous chromed engine parts reinforce this motorcycle's quality image.
Newly designed 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 concept is based on a single streamline running along the entire body surface. This stylish design highlights a new low, lean, and lighter image 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 classic, hard tail look. Rear wheel travel is 110mm (4.3"). The adjustable spring preload 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 great handling. New design brake pedal is used.
1 inch diameter, pull back handlebars are easy to reach and enhance the riding position for excellent rider comfort. Chromed bar end weights reduce vibration for excellent rider comfort.
Newly designed 16.7 litre teardrop shaped fuel tank compliments the long, low "New Style Classic" body lines. The reserve portion of the tank is 3.7 litres.
Separate rider and passenger seats offers excellent comfort and support for all day riding comfort. 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.
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 board.
All new lightweight 8-spoke cast aluminium wheels are fitted wide tubeless tires. These stylish wheels feature a "split" spoke design. Front wheel is 3.50 inches wide fitted with a 130/70x 18 bias tires, while the rear is 4.5 inches wide fitted with a 170/70x 16 bias tires.
All new stylish 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.
All new 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.
All new "New Style Classic" taillight design.
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
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.
2009 Yamaha V-Star 950 - USA Specifications
MSRP* $8,090 (Tommy Blue) Available from November 2008
$8,090 (Candy Red) Available from November 2008
$7,890 (Raven) Available from November 2008
Type 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
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 26.5 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 612 lb
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)
2009 Yamaha V-Star 950 - Candian Specifications
Engine 4-stroke, air-cooled, SOHC, 4-valve, 60 degree, V-twin
Bore and Stroke 85 x 83mm
Compression Ratio 9:1
Maximum Torque 7.8 kg-m (56.7 ft-lb) @ 3,000rpm
Fuel Delivery 35mm dual bore throttle body fuel injection
Estimated Fuel Consumption* 20kpl / 57mpg (Imp.)
Lubrication Wet Sump / 4 litres
Ignition TCI / Electric Start
Transmission 5 speed
Final Drive Belt
Suspension (Front) 41mm fork
Suspension (Rear) Monocross
Brakes (Front) 320mm disc
Brakes (Rear) 298mm disc
Tires (Front) 130/70 x 18
Tires (Rear) 170/70 x 16
Length 2,435mm (95.9")
Width 1,000mm (39.4")
Height 1,080mm (42.5)
Wheelbase 1,685mm (66.3")
Ground Clearance 145mm (5.7")
Seat Height 675mm (26.6")
Fuel Capacity 17 litres (3.7 Imp. gal.)
Wet Weight 278kg (611.6lb)
Colour(s) Deep Metallic Red
Metallic Purplish Blue
2009 Yamaha V-Star 950 (XVS950A Midnight Star) - UK Specifications
Compact new 942 cc 4-valve 60º V-twin
Low-maintenance belt drive
Uneven firing interval for powerful pulse feel
Full-sized long-wheelbase chassis
Light handling feeling
Engine type: Air-cooled, 4-stroke, V-type 2-cylinder, 4-valve, SOHC
Displacement: 942 cc
Bore x stroke: 85.0 x 83.0 mm
Compression ratio: 9.0 : 1
Maximum power: 39.4 kW (54 PS) @ 6,000 rpm
Maximum torque: 76.8 Nm (7,84 kg-m) @ 3,000 rpm
Lubrication system: Wet sump
Carburettor: Fuel injection
Clutch type: Wet, multiple-disc
Ignition system: TCI
Starter system: Electric
Transmission system: Constant mesh, 5-speed
Final transmission: Belt
Fuel tank capacity: 17 L
Oil tank capacity: 4 L
Chassis: Steel double cradle
Front suspension system: Telescopic forks, Ø 41 mm
Front travel: 135 mm
Rear suspension system: Swingarm
Rear travel: 110 mm
Caster angle 32º 10'
Trail 145 mm
Front brake: Single disc, Ø 320 mm
Rear brake: Single disc, Ø 298 mm
Front tyre: 130/70-18M/C 63H
Rear tyre: 170/70B16M/C 75H
Length (mm): 2,435 mm
Width (mm): 1,000 mm
Height (mm): 1,080 mm
Seat height (mm): 675 mm
Wheel base (mm): 1,685 mm
Minimum ground clearance (mm): 145 mm
Service weight (kg) 278 kg
*/** 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.
Specifications, appearance, and price of product are subject to change without
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