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– 2012 Yamaha V-Star 250
2012 Yamaha V-Star 250 Review
A lightweight bike that’s heavy on performance.
A great trainer and a great choice for riders who known that fun things come in small packages.
There are a whole bunch of reasons to check out the 2012 Yamaha V-Star 250, but the most intriguing is it’s authentic V-Twin powerplant, which means that you are getting full sized rumble and styling in an easy to ride, lightweight bike.
For years, the V-Star 250 has been touted as one of the finest entry bikes around.
And for good reason. With an authentic V-twin engine, the V-Star 250 will give you the grunt and growl that you don’t often find in the lightweight class. It’s also got a low 685mm (27″) seat height for added confidence, perfect for novice riders. For 2012, we’ve changed the handlebar design which in turn has improved rider comfort and styling too. One ride and you’ll see why so many entry riders have chosen this nimble, confidence-inspiring cruiser. Heavyweight styling. Lightweight packaging.
Stardom stars here.
Plenty of torque, smooth roll-on power, lightweight and a seat just 27 inches from the pavement make the 2012 Yamaha V-Star 250 super-nimble and maneuverable, and the perfect Star to get STARted on.
2012 Yamaha V-Star 250 Highlights and Key Features:
Fuel Consumption ± 33kpl/94mpg(Imp)
249cc authentic V-twin
New handlebar design
•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.
New for 2012:
•New handlebars give the V Star 250 a modern custom look and comfortable riding position.
2012 Yamaha V-Star 250 Features and Benefits
249cc, air-cooled, 60°, SOHC, 2 valves per cylinder, V-twin engine is the real McCoy!
Long-stroke (49 x 66mm) powerplant is designed for strong low- and mid-range pulling power.
Narrow, 60° V-twin provides that ‘classic’ cruiser engine styling.
Convenient electric starting is standard.
Single 26mm Mikuni downdraft carburetor with accelerator pump provides crisp throttle response.
Transistorized coil ignition (T.C.I.) ensures fast starts and maximum engine performance. This system is maintenance-free.
Automatic cam chain tensioners keep maintenance to a minimum and reduce mechanical engine noise.
Smooth-shifting, 5-speed transmission provides versatile performance. Clutch lever pull is very light and novice friendly.
Washable, foam air filter reduces tune-up costs.
Dual “shorty” mufflers highlight that classic “American” motorcycle look.
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION
Rugged, high-tensile steel, double-cradle frame creates a stylish profile and low seat height.
Box-section swingarm with 5-way spring preload adjustable dual rear shocks provide a comfortable ride and reinforce that cruiser image. Rear wheel travel is 100mm (3.9″).
33mm front fork provides 140mm (5.5″) of smooth, comfortable wheel travel.
282mm drilled front disc brake uses a twin-piston caliper for excellent stopping power.
Easy to adjust rear drum brake with wear indicator provides good stopping power.
Premium two-piece rider and passenger seats reinforce that cruiser appearance. Rear passenger section can be removed leaving only rider accommodation, if desired.
Wide 130/90-15 rear tire accentuates the low, lean appearance and classic cruiser styling.
Spoked, chrome wheels fitted with a narrow front and wide 130 series rear tire emphasize the traditional custom look.
The V-Star’s full size emphasizes that this is not a toy. This is one sharp-looking, value-packed 250!
Full-size, 1,488mm (58.6″) wheelbase ensures maximum stability and a comfortable, roomy ride.
Low seat height of only 685mm (27″) and a wet weight of 147kg (323.4 lbs) combine to make the XV250 very easy to ride, even for the most inexperienced riders.
New handlebar design features a flat bar with beautifully chromed risers. This new handlebar not only improves the riding position and rider comfort but also makes a serious styling statement too.
Instrumentation includes a centrally located speedo with tripmeter and a full range of indicator lights.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS / FEATURES
Chromed, 60/55-watt, Xenon headlight
Lots of chrome detailing
Locking gas cap
Forward-mounted footpegs mean a relaxed, laid-back riding position.
Handlebar-mounted choke lever for easy access
Flexible turn signals
Push-to-cancel turn signals
Convenient oil level sight glass
2012 Yamaha V-Star 250 – USA Specifications/Technical Details
MSRP* $4,190 (Raven) Available from November 2011
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
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
Length 86.2 in
Width 28.0 in
Height 41.7 in
Seat Height 27.0 in
Wheelbase 58.7 in
Fuel Capacity 2.4 gal
Fuel Economy** 78 mpg
Wet Weight*** 323 lb
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)
2012 Yamaha V-Star 250 – Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $4,499 CDN
Engine Air-cooled, SOHC, 4-valves, 60° V-twin
Bore and Stroke 49 x 66 mm
Compression Ratio 10:1
Maximum Torque 2.1 kg-m (15.2 ft-lb) @ 6,000 rpm
Fuel Delivery Mikuni BDS26
Estimated Fuel Consumption* 32kpl / 94mpg (Imp.)
Ignition / Starting TCI / Electric
Final Drive Chain
Suspension (Front) 33 mm fork
Suspension (Rear) Dual shocks
Brakes (Front) 282 mm disc
Brakes (Rear) Drum
Tires (Front) 3.00-18
Tires (Rear) 130/90-15
Dimensions / Technical Details
Length 2,190 mm (86.2″)
Width 815 mm (32.1″)
Height 1,140 mm (44.9″)
Wheelbase 1,490 mm (58.7″)
Seat Height 685 mm (27″)
Fuel Capacity 9.5 litres (2.1 Imp. gal.)
Wet Weight 147 kg (324 lb)
Colour(s) Metallic Black
± 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 notice.
* MSRP does not include freight, PDI (Pre Delivery Inspection), pre-rigging (boats), or taxes. Dealer may sell for less. See your local dealer for out the door pricing.
2012 Yamaha V-Star 250 – European Specifications/Technical Details
European MSRP Price: NA
Model not available in Europe.