9. 2009 Yamaha V-Star 950 Review


Five model years ago, Yamaha’s Star Motorcycles released the V-Star 950, filling a gap in the manufacturer’s well appointed model line. Splitting the difference between its older siblings, the V-Star 650 and the V-Star 1100, the 950 hoped to provide the ideal combination of ease of use and big-bike comfort.

Editor-in-Chief, Kevin Duke, found the newest Star to be “a comfy, classy and attractive cruiser that can satisfy relative newbs and budget-conscious veterans.” Given the V-Star’s lineage and history, readers probably weren’t surprised that the $7,890 MSRP bought a lot of cruiser. Our chief criticisms of the bike were limited to ground clearance and ergonomics that might cramp taller riders.

Read the full review: 2009 Yamaha V-Star 950 Review

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  • Old MOron

    Four out of the top ten were (gulp) cruisers?!
    No wonder JB isn’t allowed to call them StoooPid any more.

    • Shawn Poorman

      Haha given that Harley still controls more than half of the entire USA motorcycle market, I’m not at all surprised that their bikes and the cheaper alternatives made the list. The big surprise here to me was the popularity of the monster review. Interesting that everyone wanted to check it out but they’re still not a huge seller.

      Maybe it’s the relatively low (compared to Japanese alternatives) price/performance ratio and relatively high cost of ownership. Or maybe it just looks so good that people wanna check it out but they don’t buy because Americans insist on fairings.

      For me, I’m in love with it. But if Yamaha decides to bring us ABS on the fz 07, I think I would buy it over the monster. The new Honda cbr650f is nice as well, but a bit porky for my taste. Decisions, decisions.

  • Garrett Gerard

    How many views did this article garner? That wasn’t mentioned anywhere, and I’m just curious. I’ve been a fan since before the $11.94 subscription days, and was one of the few who actually paid the subscription. BTW, since that time you’ve really progressed nicely. The video production quality of late has been really outstanding (e.g. the Harley Livewire video). Keep up the good work.

    • Evans Brasfield

      I have the listing in order of ranking but not the raw numbers. What specific article were you asking about?