Yamaha Drag Star / V-Star 650 (XVS 650)

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Yamaha XVS650 Drag Star / V-Star Custom

The Yamaha Drag Star 650 appeared in 1997 as a replacement for the outdated Yamaha XV 535 Virago.

In fact, the new Yamaha Drag Star 650 was built on the same old engine, which was simply bumped up to 649cc. and reconfigured for more powerful "chopper" thrust at the expense of maximum power.

In appearance, the Yamaha Drag Star 650 also began to differ markedly from the Virago - the classic design of American cruisers with an extended frame, teardrop-shaped tank, mono-shock absorber, an abundance of chrome and a dashboard on the tank.

On the basis of the Yamaha XVS 650 Drag Star, the Japanese version was built - Yamaha XVS 400 Drag Star.

The Yamaha Drag Star 650 also has the following names:

  • Yamaha XVS 650
  • Yamaha V-Star 650 - name for the American market

The main feature of the Yamaha Drag Star 650 is an air-cooled, 2-cylinder V-twin engine producing 40 hp. power and 50 Nm of torque. Compared to the previous model ( Yamaha XV 535 Virago), the maximum power has slightly decreased, but the torque has increased and became available much earlier.

The main modifications of the Yamaha Drag Star 650:

  • Yamaha Drag Star / V-Star 650 Custom - basic version of the motorcycle - short fenders, thin front wheel.
  • Yamaha Drag Star / V-Star 650 Classic - version with lengthened fenders, wider front wheel, headlight without visor, foot platforms (instead of footpegs), wider seat and a different shape of the steering wheel.
  • Yamaha Drag Star / V-Star 650 Silverado - Classic version with touring body kit - high windshield, leather bags, passenger seat backrest and exclusive trim style.

Since 2014, the Yamaha XVS650 V-Star is only available in the US market and is currently only sold in Canada.

The main competitors of the Yamaha Drag Star 650 in the class:


Yamaha XVS650 Drag Star / V-Star Custom
Yamaha XVS650 Drag Star / V-Star Classic
Yamaha XVS650 Drag Star / V-Star Silverado


Specifications Yamaha Drag Star 650 / V-Star 650:

ModelYamaha XVS650 Drag Star (V-Star 650)
Motorcycle typecruiser
Release year1997+
Framesteel tubular
Engine type2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V-shaped
Working volume649 cc cm.
Bore / stroke81.0 x 63.0 mm
Compression ratio9.0: 1
Number of valves per cylinderSOHC, 2 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply systemcarburetor, 2x Mikuni BDS28
Ignition typetransistor TCI
Maximum power40 hp (29 kW) at 6500 rpm
Maximum torque50 Nm (5.1 kgf * m) at 3000 rpm
Drive typecardan
Front tire size100 / 90-19M / C (57S) - Custom

130 / 90-16M / C (67S) - Classic

Rear tire size170 / 80-15M / C (77S)
Front brakes1 disc, 298 mm, 2-piston caliper
Rear brakesdrum, 200 mm
Front suspension41mm telescopic fork, 140mm travel
Rear suspensionpendulum with monoshock (adjustable preload), stroke - 98 mm
Motorcycle length2295mm - Custom

2450 mm - Classic

Motorcycle width880mm - Custom

930 mm - Classic

Motorcycle height1065mm - Custom

1105 mm - Classic

Wheelbase1610 mm - Custom

1625 mm - Classic

Saddle height695mm - Custom

710 mm - Classic

Acceleration to 100 km / h7.3 sec
Maximum speed147 km / h
Fuel tank capacity16.0 l (including reserve - 3.0 l)
Motorcycle weight (curb)227 kg - Custom

247 kg - Classic