In fact, the ’09 V-Star 950 fulfills the requirements of most cruiser riders, combining a classy visage with decent performance and a considerable presence. To do all that with a retail price starting at just $7890 is impressive to say the least.
A cursory look at the V-Star gives no clues that this could be a “budget” bike. It looks like a sizeable piece, but that impression diminishes once aboard – it actually feels and handles quite nimbly. It’s quite dexterous at lower speeds, and its handling on the open road is amazingly neutral. A low, 26.6-inch seat height enables short riders to feel in control.
Power from the 942cc, 60-degree V-Twin is stout, if not arm-wrenching, and it provides a rumbly feel that belies its relatively small displacement. Strong thrust is readily available, offering what seems to be a bit punchier powerband than its obvious class competitor, the Kawasaki Vulcan 900. Clutch and shift effort is light and easy.
We’ll be bringing you a full ride report from the V-Star 950’s launch, including video, early next week. Stay tuned to find out more on this big-bang-for-the-buck cruiser from Yamaha’s Star brand.