2018 Yamaha V-Star 250 Review

2018 Yamaha V-Star 250
2018 Yamaha V-Star 250
2018 Yamaha V-Star 250
2018 Yamaha V-Star 250
2018 Yamaha V-Star 250
2018 Yamaha V-Star 250
2018 Yamaha V-Star 250
2018 Yamaha V-Star 250
2018 Yamaha V-Star 250
2018 Yamaha V-Star 250


Great things come in small packages: light and nimble, plenty of torque, smooth power, huge MPGs and a low seat for confident handling.

There are a whole bunch of reasons to check out the V-Star 250, but the most intriguing is it’s authentic V-twin powerplant, which means that you’re getting full-sized rumble and styling in an easy to ride, lightweight bike.

Authentic, 249cc, air-cooled, 60°, SOHC, 2 valves per cylinder, V-twin engine

Smooth-shifting, 5-speed transmission provides versatile performance. Clutch lever pull is very light and novice friendly

78 MPG




2018 Yamaha V-Star 250 Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

  • Side stand cut out switch prevents the bike from being ridden with the side down
  • Traditional fork mounted steering lock
  • Helmet lock
  • Oil level sight glass
  • Low-maintenance (battery should be charged during winter storage)
  • Compact Custom
    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.
  • Big Bike Style
    Dual exhausts, plenty of quality chrome and typical Star attention to detail—this is one sharp little cruiser.
  • Strong Brakes
    Front disc brake provides highly controllable stopping power.
  • Unique V-twin Performance
    The V Star 250 is the only V-twin in its class.
  • Ultra-Efficient Engine
    Estimated 78 mpg* means almost 200 miles between fill-ups.




2018 Yamaha V-Star 250 Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits


  • 249cc, air-cooled, SOHC, 2 valves per cylinder, 60 degree, V-twin.
    • authentic, air-cooled V-Twin engine design
    • long stroke engine design means lots of low end torque
    • very linear, novice friendly power delivery
  • SOHC, 2-valve cylinder heads.
    • tradition & simple 2- valve design
    • basic rocker arm valve actuation… simple design that is easy to maintain / adjust
    • chromed head covers add style
  • Air-cooled engine design.
    • excellent heat dissipation for consistent power delivery
    • cooling fins have been designed for good cooling even in stop & go traffic
    • simple, classic design
  • Automatic cam chain tensioners reduce mechanical noise & simplify maintenance.
  • Traditional “bore-able” cylinder.
    • 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.
  • Single Mikuni BDS26 carb.
    • featuring an accelerator pump for crisp throttle response
    • convenient handle bar mounted choke lever
    • excellent fuel economy
  • Classic, chromed air box
    • houses an easy access, washable (re-useable) foam air filter
    • washable design reduces tune-up costs
  • 5-speed transmission.
    • ensures extremely usable, cruiser-friendly power delivery
    • 5th gear is an overdrive gear for reduced engine rpms at higher speeds
    • light, easy clutch lever pull
  • Chain drive, final drive.
    • chain drive provides the most efficient transfer of power (Vs. shaft drive systems)
  • 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
  • Shorty, 2 into 2 exhaust system.
    • short design, chromed, shot gun style mufflers produce a low, throaty V-Twin growl
    • heat shields protect rider & passenger from hot components
  • 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 a long & low profile with roomy ergonomics
    • low 685 mm (27″) seat height
    • 32 degree rake angle
  • Box section, steel, dual shock swingarm.
  • Full-size, 1,488 mm (58.6″) wheelbase ensures maximum stability & a comfortable, roomy ride.
  • Wet weight of only 147 kg / 324 lbs. makes the V-Star 250 light, nimble & easy to handle.
  • 33 mm fork provides 140mm (5.5″) of wheel travel.
    • smooth, comfortable ride
  • Adjustable dual shock rear suspension with 100 mm (3.9″) of wheel travel.
    • 5- step spring preload adjustability
    • allows rider to tailor spring settings to match load or road conditions
  • Single 282 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 685 mm (27″) seat height allows riders to put feet firmly on the ground, enhancing confidence
    • passenger seat can be removed if desired
  • Classic, chromed, spoked wheels.
    • front wheel size is 1.60 X 18 with 3.00 – 18 tire
    • rear wheel size is MT2.75 with 130/90-15 tire
  • Forward mounted, rider foot pegs for that special “custom” riding position.
  • Steel front & rear fenders.
    • highlight the classic styling of the V-Star 250
    • steel design means they are easy to paint or customize
  • Stylish “T design” handlebar.
    • excellent rider comfort
    • aggressive appearance, great styling highlight
  • 9.5 litre fuel tank.
    • more smiles & fewer fill-ups thanks to excellent fuel economy
    • reserve portion is 2.6 litres (will have to switch petcock to reserve position)
    • vacuum type fuel petcock with on – reserve positions (no need to turn petcock to off when finished riding)
    • locking fuel cap
  • Handlebar mounted speedometer.
    • functions include; speedometer, odometer & trip meter
  • Bright 65/60 watt headlight.



2018 Yamaha V-Star 250 – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $4,349 USD

Engine Type 15-cubic-inch (249cc) air-cooled, SOHC 60° V- twin, 4 valves
Bore x Stroke 49.0mm x 66.0mm
Compression Ratio 10.0:1
Fuel Delivery Mikuni® 26mm carburetor
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission 5-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Final Drive Chain
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
L x W x H 86.2 in x 28.0 in x 41.7 in
Seat Height 27.0 in
Wheelbase 58.7 in
Rake (Caster Angle) 32.0°
Trail 4.7 in
Maximum Ground
5.7 in
Fuel Capacity 2.5 gal / CA model 2.4 gal
Fuel Economy** 78 mpg
Wet Weight*** 326 lb
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)
Color Raven




2018 Yamaha V-Star 250 – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $4,999 CDN



Air-cooled, SOHC, 4-valves (2-valves/cyl), 60° V-twin



Bore and Stroke

49 x 66 mm

Compression Ratio


Maximum Torque

2.1 kg-m (15.2 ft-lb) @ 6,000 rpm

Fuel Delivery

Mikuni BDS26

Estimated Fuel Consumption±

33kpl / 93.2mpg (Imp.)

Ignition / Starting

TCI / Electric



Final Drive



Suspension (Front)

33mm fork / 140mm (5.5″) wheel travel

Suspension (Rear)

Adjustable dual shocks / 100mm (3.9″) wheel travel

Brakes (Front)

282mm disc / twin piston caliper

Brakes (Rear)


Tires (Front)


Tires (Rear)




2,190mm (86.2″)


710mm (28″)


1,060mm (41.7″)


1,490mm (58.7″)

Seat Height

685mm (27″)

Fuel Capacity

9.5 litres (2.1 Imp. gal.)

Wet Weight

147kg (324 lb)


Frost Silver




2018 Yamaha V-Star 250 – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)



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