2017 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom Review
2017 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom on www.Totalmotorcycle.com
Huge bang for your buck. Beautiful, old-school hot rod styling, lightweight, easy handling…
The 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.
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.
Industry-leading fit and finish features rich, lustrous paint and extensive chrome accents creating a machine as stunning as it is powerful.
2017 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
• Industry-leading Star family fit & finish
• Steering lock is integrated into the main ignition switch
• Locking left side cover with small storage compartment
• Self-cancelling turn signals
• Helmet lock
• Bungee cord tie down “hooks” on rear passenger foot peg mounts
• Oil level sight glass window
• Low-maintenance (battery should be charged during winter storage)
2017 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
•649cc (40-cubic-inch), air-cooled, SOHC, 2 valves per cylinder, 70 degree, V-twin.
•maximum torque is reached at 3,500 rpms for relaxed cruising performance
•good low & mid-range power for smooth, relaxed cruising performance
•lots of chrome engine parts highlight quality & value
• Engine has been designed to produce strong torque & horsepower in the most usable riding range (50 to 110 km/hr.).
• SOHC, 2-valve cylinder heads.
•tradition & simple 2- valve design
•37 mm intake & 32 mm exhaust valves
•stylish chromed cylinder head covers
•basic rocker arm valve actuation… simple design that is easy to maintain / adjust
•Air-cooled engine design.
•excellent heat dissipation for consistent power delivery
•cooling fins have been designed for good cooling even in stop & go traffic
•cooling fins feature polished edges
•simple, classic design
•Automatic cam chain tensioners reduce mechanical noise & simplify maintenance.
• Traditional “bore-able” cylinder design.
•in the event of an issue cylinder can be over bored
•Forged aluminum pistons.
•less reciprocating mass for fast engine response
•reduced mechanical vibration for excellent reliability
• Single pin style crankshaft.
•design accentuates V-twin engine character, pulse feel & sound
•Wet sump lubrication system with easy access element type oil filter.
• Twin Mikuni BDS28 carbs.
•system uses throttle position sensor (TPS) to optimize intake air flow & power
•crisp throttle response
•Classic side mounted air box
•houses an easy access, a high-flow viscous paper-type filter
•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
•light, easy clutch lever pull
•one piece classic heel-and-toe shifter reinforces that classic image
•Shaft drive, final drive.
•low-maintenance shaft drive
•exposed, chrome drive shaft reduces weight
•clean, quiet performance with no chain adjustments or chain lube splatter
•Maintenance-free transistor controlled ignition (TCI).
•produces a strong spark for fast starts
•provides precise ignition timing / mapping for optimum engine performance at all rpms
•2 into 2 exhaust system.
•large diameter header pipes for strong low & midrange power
•chromed, shot gun style mufflers produce a low, throaty V-Twin growl
•heat shields protect rider & passenger from hot components
•dual catalyzers reduces harmful exhaust emissions
•Air Injection System injects fresh air into exhaust ports to fully burn any unburnt fuel, reducing exhaust emissions.
•Tube type, double cradle steel frame.
•provides roomy ergonomics
• low 695 mm (27.4″) seat height
•35 degree rake angle
•engine mounting position provides a low center of gravity for light, easy handling
• Tube type, steel triangulated swingarm.
•41mm fork provides 140mm (5.5″) of wheel travel.
• smooth, comfortable ride
•chip guards help prevent stone chip in fork tubes
•Adjustable, single-shock rear suspension with 86 mm (3.4″) of wheel travel.
•7-step spring preload-adjustability allows the rider to tailor spring settings to match load or road conditions
•shock is hidden from view to provide a clean, custom “hard tail” look
•Single 298 mm front disc brake with twin piston caliper delivers strong, confidence-inspiring stopping power.
•Rear drum brake.
•brake shoe wear indicator
•easy access wing nut adjuster for fast adjustments as brake shoes wear
•Separate rider & passenger seats.
•low-profile rider & passenger seats offer excellent comfort
•low 695 mm (27.4″) seat height allows most riders to put feet firmly on the ground
•passenger seat can be removed if desired
•Classic, chromed, spoked wheels.
•front wheel size is MT2.50 x 19 with 100/90-19 tire
•rear wheel size is MT3.50×15 with wide 170/90-15 tire
•Forward mounted, rider foot pegs for that special “custom” riding position.
•16-litre fuel tank.
•provides an extended riding range
•reserve portion is 3 litres
•on-off reserve fuel petcock
•Fuel tank-mounted speedometer.
•functions include; speedometer, odometer & trip meter
•Bright 60/55 watt halogen headlight.
2017 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/
US MSRP Price: $ USD
Model may not be available
** 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. It does not include the weight of options or accessories. Wet weight is
useful in making real-world comparisons with other models.
2017 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/
Canada MSRP Price: $7199 CDN
Air-cooled,SOHC, 4-valves (2-valves/cyl), 70°, V-twin
Bore and Stroke
81 x 63mm
5.2kg-m (37.6 ft-lb)@ 3,000 rpm
Mikuni BDS28 x 2
Estimated Fuel Consumption±
20.7kpl / 58.5mpg (Imp.)
Ignition / Starting
TCI / Electric
41mm fork / 140mm (5.5″) wheel travel
Adustable link Monocross / 86mm (3.4″) wheel travel
Single 298mm disc / twin piston caliper
16 litres (3.5 imp. gallons)
233kg (514 lb)
Bluish Pearl White
2017 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
Model Not Available
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