Tom Roderick
by Tom Roderick
Sporty looking for a cruiser, the 2012 V Star 950 is also available in a striking Candy Red color scheme.
Rear brake apparatus on the V Star 950 is seemingly put together with Erector Set quality. The poorly devised system pushes the floorboard outward, severely reducing cornering clearance.
  • Quick-release short windscreen and mounts: $537.90
  • Hard Saddlebags by HardStreet and mounts: $899.90
  • Windshield Bag: $89.95
  • Comfort Cruise solo seat: $299.95
  • Big Bar engine guards: $179.95
  • Custom Midnight covers: $426.70
  • Running lights kit: $309.95
  • Billet license plate frame: $84.95
  • Chrome belt guard: $119.95
The Jeff Palhegyi-designed Custom Midnight covers add a subtle touch of flair to the V Star.
The HardStreet saddlebags are stylish but extremely limited in their carrying capacity. The Comfort Cruise seat was a little stiff for our tastes, but we certainly liked the quick-release windscreen.
Riders taller than six feet might consider the ergonomics of the rightly sized mid-displacement cruiser a bit cramped. Roderick is 5-feet-11.
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