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2013 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom : Coolness Factor = 61.0%

Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:47 am
by totalmotorcycle
2013 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom on the Total Motorcycle Cool Wall

More photos and information: http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/motorcyc ... Custom.htm

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2013 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom

The 2013 Yamaha 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.

With a very manageable seat height, light handling, a 650cc V-Twin engine and chrime in all the right places the 2013 Yamaha V-Star Custom is great choice. Looking to get started living the cruiser lifestyle? Then hop aboard a V-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, rich 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.

± 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.



2013 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom Key Features

49 mpg (US) / Fuel Consumption ± 21kpl/59mpg(Imp)

The V Star Custom is the lightest of the full-size Stars, which means great handling and performance are along for the ride, too.

Dual exhausts, custom-looking clear turn signals, lots of chrome—the V Star Custom represents tremendous cruiser bang for the buck.

Classic rigid-look rear end serves up 3.4 inches of rear wheel travel damped by a hidden preload-adjustable shock, offering up a great ride.

27.4-inch seat height lets riders get both feet on the pavement.

Estimated 49 mpg* means over 200 miles of riding before fill-ups.



2013 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom - USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $6,990 (Raven) Available from July 2012
Canadian MSRP Price: $6,999


Engine
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
Fuel Delivery (2) 28mm Mikuni® CV carburetors
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission 5-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Final Drive Shaft


Chassis
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
Tires / Front 100/90-19
Tires / Rear 170/80-15
Wheels Spoke


Dimensions
Length 92.1 in
Width 34.6 in
Height 42.3 in
Seat Height 27.4 in
Wheelbase 63.4 in
Ground Clearance 5.5 in
Fuel Capacity 4.2 gal
Fuel Economy** 49 mpg
Wet Weight*** 514 lb / California model: 518 lb


Other
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)


*Prices and specifications subject to change without notice. Please read your Owner's Manual and all labels before operation.
**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.
***Wet weight includes the vehicle with all standard equipment and all fluids, including oil, coolant (as applicable) and a full tank of fuel.


More photos and information: http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/motorcyc ... Custom.htm

Re: This week: 2013 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom : Vote Today

Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:49 am
by totalmotorcycle
A looooong awaited model to the Cool Wall, the V-Star 650. I'm surprised I forgot to put this one up before (and no one suggested it) considering how common it is on the roads. Remember you can suggest ANY model from 2000+ in our thread here: viewtopic.php?f=61&t=40774

NOTE: Prices are accurate as of March 29th, 2013. I had to re-check as it's rare to see both the US and CDN prices the same. (good deal for Canadians or bad deal for Americans?!)

US MSRP Price: $6,990
Canadian MSRP Price: $6,999

Mike

Re: This week: 2013 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom : Vote Today

Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:54 pm
by dr_bar
I put cool, as I'm quite aware of the capabilities of this bike. If you do normal upkeep on this bike, it will last forever, take you and gear anywhere you want. Just ask blues2cruise about the 650, (although she rode the classic)...

Re: This week: 2013 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom : Vote Today

Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:35 pm
by blues2cruise
I voted awesome. Aside from being a good entry level motorcycle, it can also carry you through many years of commuting and long road trips.

I had a classic because I really like that look...but the custom is lighter weight so it's a decent trade-off.

Re: This week: 2013 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom : Vote Today

Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:06 pm
by Tony216
It's come a long way from the Virago days.

I know $8,000 is quite a bit more than $7,000, but $8,000 can get you a Suzuki C50 or a bottom-end Sportster 883. I think both bikes are worth the extra cost over the Star. And if you're a beginner, the Suzuki S40 is much cheaper.

Re: This week: 2013 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom : Vote Today

Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:14 pm
by BRUMBEAR
It's a fail for me sorry, to heavy, not enough power, poor brakes, to low and your back is ramrod straight with those awesome amounts of travel for a 500+ lb bike . It isn't as bad as I made it sound as it probably is a nice commuter but not for me sorry.

Re: This week: 2013 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom : Vote Today

Posted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 1:47 am
by blues2cruise
Tony216 wrote:It's come a long way from the Virago days.

I know $8,000 is quite a bit more than $7,000, but $8,000 can get you a Suzuki C50 or a bottom-end Sportster 883. I think both bikes are worth the extra cost over the Star. And if you're a beginner, the Suzuki S40 is much cheaper.

The S40 is a single cylinder bike and somewhat smaller in stature. It's going to become too small very quickly. The Suzuki C50 is decent but you can't really compare the V-Star to a Sportster. Ergonomically they are night and day. V-Star low center of gravity. Sportster top heavy.

Re: This week: 2013 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom : Vote Today

Posted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 1:49 am
by blues2cruise
BRUMBEAR wrote:It's a fail for me sorry, to heavy, not enough power, poor brakes, to low and your back is ramrod straight with those awesome amounts of travel for a 500+ lb bike . It isn't as bad as I made it sound as it probably is a nice commuter but not for me sorry.
Amazing how we all view things so differently. As for power..it is adequate for most things. It's not designed to be a race bike. It's designed for cruising.

Re: This week: 2013 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom : Vote Today

Posted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:37 pm
by madjak30
For a beginner or just commuting, I think the 650 would be just fine...it has similar power to the Honda Shadow 750, and tons of people start their riding on those...infact, a buddy of mine has been riding his Shadow for 6 years now & still loves it...so to each his own...but my other buddy is just getting his bike license now and I steered him toward the Star 950 or the Vulcan 900 (also would have suggested the Suzuki M50 if there was one in the show room at the time), only because I know he will want to hit the hiway more which is where you would find the Star 650 & Shadow 750 a little lacking...the Hp difference isn't much but the torque is higher on the bigger bikes, which makes for less down shifting and an easier ride.

But the 650 is a great example of a beginner platform, or a good bike for a person of smaller stature (the guy that is still on the Shadow is 5'6, my other buddy is 5'11...it does make a difference)

Just my opinion of course...I voted: Cool.

Later.

Re: This week: 2013 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom : Vote Today

Posted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 3:11 pm
by JackoftheGreen
I keep going back and forth on this one...

On the one hand, you've got a solid, manageable cruiser with clean, uncluttered lines, a convenient seat height and a shaft drive. This bike would do exactly what a mid-size cruiser should do -- fade into the background and let you enjoy the ride.

On the other hand, 49mpg seems really low to me for a 650cc v-twin with a 514lb road weight. My 800cc Vulcan and Carrie's 750cc Shadow are both heavier than this bike, and lay out better fuel consumption numbers. Mileage is usually a factor for people shopping at this displacement, and while fuel consumption as a whole isn't really the point of a cruiser, it makes me suspect of the underlying engineering.

All that said, I'll say again that I appreciate Yamaha's evolution from bulbous, bulky 'cop bikes' to these sleeker, more contemprorary profiles. Yamaha, welcome to the third millenium. Have a Cool on me.

Re: This week: 2013 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom : Vote Today

Posted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 10:17 pm
by jstark47
I'll give it a Cool simply because it still exists. Vulcan 500 is gone, Honda VLX is gone. As Blues points out, the S40 is a small-framed bike that is best for people smaller in stature. The displacement associated with a "first bike" seems to be going up and up. Nice that some full-framed, moderate displacement options like this still exist. Cool.

Re: This week: 2013 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom : Vote Today

Posted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 6:36 pm
by Tony216
I never said the S40 was better. While the S40 might a be a small-framed thumper, it's highway capable and the smaller frame is less intimidating. I think people believe that their first bike should be the last bike they own. The reality is, a beginner bike is something to learn on, not marry.

The seat height on the V-Star 650 is 27.4" and the Sportster Iron is 26.9". It's hardly a top-heavy bike.

Re: This week: 2013 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom : Vote Today

Posted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 8:16 pm
by jstark47
The S40 is not a viable choice for people my size (6'1", 225 lbs). I've sat on them numerous times - I just don't fit. For people who can fit on one, the S40 is a great bike. For people who don't fit an S40, I'm glad Yamaha makes an option, the V-star 650.

Re: This week: 2013 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom : Vote Today

Posted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 5:22 pm
by blues2cruise
jstark47 wrote:The S40 is not a viable choice for people my size (6'1", 225 lbs). I've sat on them numerous times - I just don't fit. For people who can fit on one, the S40 is a great bike. For people who don't fit an S40, I'm glad Yamaha makes an option, the V-star 650.
Likewise.

Re: This week: 2013 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom : Vote Today

Posted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:03 pm
by sunshine229
This is a classic starter bike and it gets better with age. I gave it an awesome!

Re: This week: 2013 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom : Vote Today

Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 2:59 am
by sapaul
Getting a cool from me for the reason that this will be the bike that beginners will be buying 15 years from now

Re: This week: 2013 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom : Vote Today

Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:55 pm
by Hanson
I have almost zero interest in the cruiser segment, but the reality is that cruisers are half of the market and this looks to be a solid starter cruiser at a good price point. I actually sat on one at the Yamaha dealer in Richardson, Texas. If I liked cruisers this bike would easily make the short list for a first bike.

+2 Cool

This is likely to be my top rating for any cruiser but I was strongly tempted to bump it to +3 in honor of b2c.

Re: This week: 2013 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom : Vote Today

Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:29 pm
by blues2cruise
Hanson wrote:I have almost zero interest in the cruiser segment, but the reality is that cruisers are half of the market and this looks to be a solid starter cruiser at a good price point. I actually sat on one at the Yamaha dealer in Richardson, Texas. If I liked cruisers this bike would easily make the short list for a first bike.

+2 Cool

This is likely to be my top rating for any cruiser but I was strongly tempted to bump it to +3 in honor of b2c.
:oops: :D

Re: This week: 2013 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom : Vote Today

Posted: Thu Apr 04, 2013 2:35 pm
by storysunfolding
Uncool for me. It's still on the market because its a reliable good starter cruiser. It'll last quite some time with good upkeep and has more than enough power for the interstate or a regular rider in the twisties (brum needs to stop posting his ride videos- we know what he wants power wise ;) . Still- it's an old design that just doesn't speak to me. If I ever got one, I'd throw this kit on it and then I'd be back to interested

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Re: This week: 2013 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom : Vote Today

Posted: Thu Apr 04, 2013 6:31 pm
by totalmotorcycle
I voted: Awesome

We need more great beginner bikes like this. The 650cc and under sized motorcycle market is well... undersized! And the V-Star 650 is a great choice for new riders, easy to maintain, inexpensive to own and stone reliable. It may not have the grumble and growl but it will stir the emotions for a long time.

The only issue I have with it is it's 500lb+ weight, a little less weight would be welcomed.

Mike