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2015 Yamaha V-Star 950 Review
2015 Yamaha V-Star 950 on www.Totalmotorcycle.com
Features a torquey, fuel-injected V-Twin, low 26.5” seat and class-longest wheelbase for agile sport cruiser performance, style and value…
Featuring a torquey, forward mounted, fuel injected V-Twin, low 26.5″ seat and the longest wheelbase in its class, the 2015 Yamaha V-Star 950 offers tons of sport cruiser performance, style and value. Lightweight, highly responsive handling for commuting through the urban maze, taming the back roads and cruising the freeways. Welcome to the head of the 950 class.
The V-Star 950 offers middleweight performance in user friendly, confidence inspiring package that will appeal to entry level riders right through to seasoned veterans. The V-Star 950 offers an exciting combination of excellent engine performance and character with plenty of power for longer highway adventures.
2015 Yamaha V-Star 950 www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
942cc, air-cooled, SOHC, 4-valves per cylinder, 60° V-twin engine produces outstanding low- and mid-range torque – maximum torque is reached at only 3,500 rpm – for exceptional cruising performance.
Seat height is an extra-low 675mm (26.6″). 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.
•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.
•The 942cc 60° V-twin engine is both simple and sophisticated. Sure, there’s no-fuss air cooling for traditional looks. But inside you’ll 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 has outstanding handling performance.
•The V Star 950 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.
2015 Yamaha V-Star 950 www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
• 942cc, air-cooled, SOHC, 4-valves per cylinder, 60° V-twin engine 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 design 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, 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 rocker arms activate the valves. The roller rocker system utilizes needle bearings that “roll” directly on the cam lobes 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 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, lightweight forged 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 “sniffs” the spent exhaust and 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.
• 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 starting, reduced emissions, and smoother drivability. The XVS950 has been tuned to provide a very “linear” throttle response for easy riding.
• Maintenance-free transistor controlled ignition (T.C.I.) provides a hot spark for sure starts and strong engine performance.
• Powerful 32 bit ECU controls the ignition and fuel injection processes
• Stylish 2 into 1 exhaust system features a 3-way honeycomb-type catalyzer 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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 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 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.
• 298mm 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.
• 1 inch diameter handlebars are easy to reach and enhance the riding position for excellent rider comfort. Chromed bar end weights reduce vibration.
• 17 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 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.
• 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 to reduce vibration. There is a replaceable “scraper” area on the lower edge of the board.
• Lightweight 8-spoke cast aluminium wheels are fitted with 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 tire, while the rear is 4.5 inches wide fitted with a 170/70x 16 bias tire.
• 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.
• 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 be 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 halogen headlight emphasizes the “New Style Classic” body styling. The headlight is adjustable up and down plus left and right.
• “New Style Classic” taillight design.
• Industry-leading Star family fit and finish features rich, lustrous paint and extensive chrome accents.
• Low-maintenance, sealed battery ensures fuss-free, dependable starting.
• Extra wide brushed aluminium front brake and clutch levers provide a quality feel.
• High output 460 watt generator
• Electric fuel pump
• Steering lock is integrated into the main ignition switch for extra convenience.
• Self-cancelling turn signals with stylish clear lenses
• Excessive lean angle sensor will stop the engine in the event of a tip over
• Convenient under seat helmet holder
• Upper & lower belt covers help prevent debris from entering the belt and pulley areas
• Convenient pre-wired accessory plug for passing lamps inside the headlight shell
2015 Yamaha V-Star 950 – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $8,690 – Raven – Available from October 2014;
$8,690 – Reddish Copper – Available from October 2014
Engine Type 58-cubic-inch (942cc) air-cooled 4-stroke, V-twin, SOHC, 4-valve
Bore x Stroke 85.0 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
L x W x H 95.9 x 39.4 x 42..5 in
Width 39.4 in
Height 42.5 in
Seat Height 26.6 in
Wheelbase 66.3 in
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal
Fuel Economy** 47 mpg
Wet Weight*** 613 lb
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)
2015 Yamaha V-Star 950 – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $9,899 CDN
Air-cooled, SOHC, 8-valves, 60 degree, V-twin
BORE AND STROKE
85 x 83mm
8 kg-m (57.9 ft-lb) @ 3,500rpm
35mm dual bore throttle body fuel injection
ESTIMATED FUEL CONSUMPTION±
20kpl / 57mpg (Imp.)
IGNITION / STARTING
TCI / Electric
Adjustable link Monocross
320mm disc / twin piston
298mm disc / single piston
/// CRITICAL DATA
17 litres (3.7 Imp. gal.)
278kg (613 lb)
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.
± 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.
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