2012 Yamaha V Star 950 Review

The North American division of Yamaha, Star Motorcycles, has already started rolling out the first 2012 models, including the new V Star 950 and 950 Tourer entry-level cruisers. The two models will become available at nationwide dealership starting form July 2011.

The 2012 V Star 950 comes in Liquid Silver or Candy Red with an MSRP of $8,490. The V Star 950 Tourer comes in Raven or Impact Blue with an MSRP of $9,490.

The 2012 V Star 950 has a claimed weight of 613 pounds. Available in Liquid Silver and Candy Red, it retails at $8490. The V Star Tourer adds a windshield, leather-wrapped hard saddlebags and a passenger backrest. With a claimed weight of 657 pounds, the 2012 V Star Tourer is available for $9,490 in Raven and Impact Blue.
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 tensional 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, the V Star 950 has outstanding handling performance.