Yamaha and the affordable, middleweight V-star 650 Classic

This post was written by Wendy on December 3, 2009
Posted Under: Featured

Originally published in our column Let’s Ride, Wheels section of the Chronicle Herald, August 20, 2009

August has turned out to be the riding weather we all dream about; clear blue skies, gentle ocean breezes and warm starry nights. It just doesn’t get any better than this!

With so many new riders entering the scene there is simply a lot more talk about various new models of motorcycles entering the market.

And this is good news for all riders! The manufacturers are listening to what riders want and are designing their new releases to meet their needs.

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Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic looks at home in any setting

One great example is Yamaha’s V-Star 650 Classic, a middleweight cruiser that delivers style, comfort and super lightweight handling for the new rider at an affordable entry price.

Deciding to see what all the buzz was about, Harold made a quick call to Wayne and Jayne Isnor at Shore Cycles in Martins Point and was immediately invited to come on down and take their V-Star 650 Classic out for a drive.

Yamaha claims this middleweight cruiser will knock you out with its long, low styling, abundant chrome, 40 cubic-inch V-twin power and painstaking attention to detail.

Harold’s comments follow.

“The first thing that impressed me was the 650’s appearance. You will not feel intimidated by bigger bikes as this machine has all the looks of the larger 1100 V-Star, and is actually only 4” shorter than the 1100 model.

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Over the handlebar view while cruising along

As I sat on the comfortable full-size seat, I immediately noticed the low seat height of 27.4 inches making it easy to plant your feet firmly on the ground.

Standing the motorcycle up was a breeze with the lightweight feel of 543 lbs., compared to my motorcycle weighing about 775 lbs.  This also enables the rider to easily navigate the bike at idle into parking areas.

Once on the highway gear shifting was smooth and silent from the 5-speed transmission, and the dual carbs accelerated nicely up to highway speeds, running about 4,000 rpm at 100km in 5th gear. The light clutch action is also great for novice riders.

The transistorized coil ignition is a no-maintenance design ensuring sure starts and the classic side-mounted air cleaner allows easy air filter access for quick servicing.

This Yamaha 650 V-Star is really a great lightweight, all round cruiser for the person looking for an easy to handle mid-size motorcycle with style.

‘Low stress’ is how Wayne Isnor described the motorcycle to me, and that is exactly what I felt as I rode along the coastal roads of Martins Point, Oak Island and then inland to the Ross Farm Museum.”


Engine: Air-cooled, SOHC, 4-valve, V-twin
Displacement: 649cc
Compression Ratio: 9:1
Transmission: 5-speed
Final Drive: Shaft
Wet weight: 543.4 lb/247 kg
Fuel Consumption: 21 kpl/59 mpg
Fuel Capacity: 16 litres
Front Brakes: Single 298mm disc
Rear Brakes: Drum
Front Tires: 130/90-16
Rear Tires: 170/80-15

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The Yamaha 650 V-Star Classic was a head turner and drew lots of attention at the Ross Farm Museum

Thanks Wayne and Jayne for the enjoyable ride. If you would like a closer look or more information on the Yamaha V-star 650 Classic, visit shorecycle.com or call South Shore Cycles at 902-627-2706, or simply log on Yamaha’s site at yamaha-motor.ca.

With a manufacturers suggested retail price of  $8,399 and a summer promotion in effect until September 30th, this may be your time to ride.

Additional Note: Enjoy all of Nova Scotia’s museums found in various locations province-wide. For more information on Ross Farm Museum call 1-877-689-2210 or visit their website at rossfarm.museum.gov.ns.ca

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