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2017 Yamaha V-Star 950 Tourer Review
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TOUR IN STYLE, PERFOMRANCE & VALUE…
Features a torquey, fuel-injected V-Twin, low 26.5” seat and class-longest wheelbase for agile sport cruiser performance, style and value.
Power, handling, comfort and style. The V-Star 950 Tourer offers serious middleweight performance in user friendly, confidence inspiring package. Lightweight, easy handling and a low seat height will appeal to new riders, while seasoned veterans will appreciate the comfort of the Tourer’s quick release, locking windshield, and passenger backrest; not to mention the hard shell leather wrapped saddlebags. Discover your free spirit.
942cc, air-cooled, SOHC, 4-valves per cylinder, 60° V-twin produces outstanding low- and mid-range torque – maximum torque is reached at only 3,500 rpm – for exceptional cruising performance and comfort.
The V-Star 950 Tourer is ready for those weekend getaways thanks to the lockable, quick release windshield and leather covered hard saddlebags. Your passenger will appreciate the peace of mind the quick detach, lockable passenger backrest offers too. Not riding that far? Remove the windshield and backrest and you have a cool looking bagger. The V-Star 950 Tourer… two bikes in one!
2017 Yamaha V-Star 950 Tourer www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
•Quick Release Windshield and Backrest
The V Star 950 Tourer rolls out with a lockable quick release windshield, leather-wrapped hard sidebags, and a lockable quick release passenger backrest all standard, ready for the open road, the commute to school or work or a ride down the boulevard with custom bagger attitude.
•Total Touring Cruiser Package
V Star 950 Tourer is a benchmark in the cruiser touring 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.
•Stylish, High-Tech Motor
The fuel-injected 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.
•Ideally Tuned Chassis
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 Tourer has outstanding handling performance.
•Ready to Travel
The V Star 950 Tourer is ready to hit the highway. Rated for regular gasoline, it achieves fuel economy up to an estimated 47 mpg* and mounts a fuel tank that holds 4.5 gallons of gas.
•Real Steel Fenders
Fenders are real steel, front and rear. That adds to the quality look and feel, and makes customization easier.
2017 Yamaha V-Star 950 Tourer www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
• 942cc, air-cooled, SOHC, 4-valve per cylinder, fuel injected, 60° V-twin power plant pumps out impressive power & torque. Maximum torque is reached at 3,500 rpms, for relaxed cruising performance.
•SOHC, pent-roof, 4-valve cylinder heads.
•4-valve design optimizes breathing efficiency & overall engine performance at all rpms
•31.5 mm intake & 28 mm exhaust valves use friction reducing single valve springs
•stylish chromed cylinder head covers
•compact pent roof combustion chamber design & optimized squish area forces the fuel / air mixture toward the centre of the combustion chamber for more complete combustion & excellent power with reduced emissions
•25,000 km valve adjustment intervals
•Specially designed roller rockers activate the valves.
•Y shaped roller rocker arms allows a greater amount of valve lift without causing excessive camshaft wear & friction
•slipper portion of the rocker arm utilizes a needle bearing for reduced camshaft wear & reduced sliding resistance (friction)
•No fuss, traditional air-cooled engine design.
•cylinders have a tapered “V” appearance to highlight the V-twin engine style
•cooling fins have been optimized for reliable cooling even in stop & go traffic
• Automatic cam chain tensioners reduce mechanical noise & simplify maintenance.
•Liner-less, ceramic composite-plated cylinder bores.
•ceramic coating sprayed directly on the aluminum blocks, eliminating the liners & reducing weight
•excellent heat dissipation for consistent power delivery
•ceramic coating enhances the thin film of oil between the cylinder & piston, reducing friction & increasing power
•extended cylinder service life
•Flat top, lightweight 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, spin on oil filter & drain plug for easy oil changes.
•Classic side mounted 3 litre air box houses an easy access, a high-flow viscous paper-type filter.
• “Closed loop”, dual bore, 35 mm throttle body fuel injection system with linear throttle response for easy riding.
•system uses throttle position sensor (TPS) to help optimize intake air flow & power
•ISC or idle speed controller ensures a steady idle
•4 – hole injectors optimize fuel atomization & feature a dual spray pattern for more complete combustion chamber filling
• “closed loop system” uses an oxygen sensor to “sniff” spent exhaust & automatically adjust the fuel / air ratio for reduced emissions
•oxygen sensor is located before the mufflers, so the use of aftermarket “slip-on” mufflers will not affect the closed loop system
•fuel injection benefits include; excellent throttle response, choke-free starting, steady idling during warm up, excellent fuel economy & reduced emissions
•Smooth-shifting, 5-speed transmission.
•optimized gear ratios match engine power for strong acceleration
•5th gear offers reduced engine rpms at highway speeds
•one piece classic heel-and-toe shifter enhances overall cruising experience
•clutch is an “outer pull” design for light, easy lever effort
•Belt drive final drive.
•cleaner & quieter than chain drive… no messy chain splatter
•low maintenance… no regular adjustments or lubrication required
•belt drive system simplifies customization
•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 1 exhaust system.
•large diameter header pipes for maximum flow
•dual stage muffler produces a low, throaty V-Twin growl
•heat shields protect rider & passenger from hot components
•3-way honeycomb catalyzer reduces harmful exhaust emissions
•Air Injection System injects fresh air into exhaust ports to fully burn any unburnt fuel, further reducing exhaust emissions.
•Tube type, double cradle steel frame.
•provides roomy ergonomics combined with a low 675 mm (26.6″) seat height
•frame utilizes a rigid engine mounting system optimizing the overall rigidity balance for superior handling
•engine mounting position provides a low center of gravity for light, easy handling
•Steel swingarm compliments the frame and the overall chassis rigidity balance.
• 41mm KYB front fork offers 135 mm (5.3″) of wheel travel.
• excellent ride comfort & compliance
•large-diameter brushed-finished fork covers
• Adjustable Monocross style single-shock, link rear suspension with 110 mm (4.3″) of wheel travel.
•linkage system provides a rising rate effect that provides excellent compliance on both small & large bumps
• 9 positions of spring preload adjustability to suit load and / or rider preferences
•Rear shock is vertically mounted behind the engine.
•shock is tucked out of sight for that classic, clean, hard tail look
•location centralizes mass for light, agile handling
• Single, large 320 mm floating front disc is squeezed by a twin piston front caliper.
•298 mm rear disc is squeezed by a single piston caliper.
•caliper is mounted below the swingarm to lower center of gravity for lighter handling & a clean custom look
• Lightweight 8-spoke, cast aluminum wheels.
•front wheel size is MT3.50 x 18
•rear wheel size is MT4.50×18
•both fitted with tubeless tires
•Steel front & rear fenders allows for easy painting or customization… to suit personal preferences
•17 litre fuel tank
•extended riding range
•3.4 litre reserve capacity (low fuel light illuminates)
•high capacity electric fuel pump
•Generous rider & passenger seats
•offers excellent long distance comfort & support
•rider seat is only 675 mm or 26.6″ inches off the ground
•front section of rider seat features a slim / narrow design, making it easier to touch both feet on the ground
•passenger seat can be easily removed if desired
•Full-size, “tapered” floating-type rider floorboards.
•roomy & comfortably positioned
•help reduce vibration
•special replaceable “scrapers” on the lower edge of floorboard
•1 inch, rubber mounted handlebars with bar end weights.
•reduced vibration for excellent comfort
•easy to reach
•Fuel tank mounted meter / instrument.
•functions include; speedometer, odometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge, fuel reserve trip meter (counts kilometers since low fuel light illuminated), clock & range of warning lights
•adjustable background illumination
•instrument functions can be “tabbed” through & reset using the RHS handlebar switch gear, allowing the operator to change instrument functions without taking hands off the bars.
•Fork mounted quick release, locking tall windshield.
•offers excellent wind & weather protection
•features chrome accents & a central Star logo
•optional Genuine Yamaha Accessory shorter windshields available
•23 litre, leather covered, hard shell saddlebags.
•stylish tapered design
•lockable for extra security
•one touch / one hand openers
•shell is made of ABS plastic & then leather wrapped… bags keep their shape
•Quick detach, locking passenger backrest embossed with Star logo.
•adds comfort, style & peace of mind
•60/55 watt high intensity halogen headlight.
• Industry-leading Star family fit& finish
• Unit is pre-wired for accessory passing lamps (inside headlight shell)
• Upper & lower belt drive cover
• Extra wide front brake & clutch levers
• Steering lock is integrated into the main ignition switch for extra convenience.
• Under seat helmet holder
• Self-cancelling turn signals
• Traditional dipstick to check oil level
• Low-maintenance, sealed battery (battery should be charged during winter storage)
2017 Yamaha V-Star 950 Tourer – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $9999 USD
Engine Type 58-cubic-inch (942cc) air-cooled SOHC 4-stroke
V-twin; 8 valves
Bore x Stroke 85.0mm 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 9.0:1
Suspension / Rear Single shock; 4.3-in travel
Brakes / Front Hydraulic disc, 320mm
Brakes / Rear Hydraulic disc, 298mm
Tires / Front 130/70-18
Tires / Rear 170/70-16
L x W x H 95.9 in x 39.4 in x 52.8 in
Seat Height 26.6 in
Wheelbase 66.3 in
Rake (Castor Angle) 32.2°
Trail 5.7 in
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal
Fuel Economy 47 mpg
Wet Weight 657 lb
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)
Color Black Cherry
** 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 950 Tourer – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/
Canada MSRP Price: $10999 CDN
Air-cooled, SOHC, 8-valves (4-valves / cyl), 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±
19.9kpl / 56.2mpg (Imp.)
Ignition / Starting
TCI / Electric
41mm fork / 135mm (5.3″) wheel travel
Adjustable link Monocross / 110mm (4.3″) wheel travel
320mm disc / twin piston caliper
298mm disc / single piston caliper
17 litres (3.7 Imp. gal.)
298kg (657 lb)
Very Dark Metallic Red
2017 Yamaha V-Star 950 Tourer – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
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