Yamaha Drag Star / V-Star 650 (XVS 650)
The Yamaha Drag Star 650 appeared in 1997 as a replacement for the outdated Yamaha XV 535 Virago.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:
- Honda Shadow 600 / Honda Shadow 750
- Kawasaki VN 800 / Kawasaki EN500 Vulcan Classic
- Suzuki VL 800 Intruder / Suzuki VZ 800 Marauder
Specifications Yamaha Drag Star 650 / V-Star 650:
|Model||Yamaha XVS650 Drag Star (V-Star 650)|
|Engine type||2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V-shaped|
|Working volume||649 cc cm.|
|Bore / stroke||81.0 x 63.0 mm|
|Compression ratio||9.0: 1|
|Number of valves per cylinder||SOHC, 2 valves per cylinder|
|Fuel supply system||carburetor, 2x Mikuni BDS28|
|Ignition type||transistor TCI|
|Maximum power||40 hp (29 kW) at 6500 rpm|
|Maximum torque||50 Nm (5.1 kgf * m) at 3000 rpm|
|Front tire size|| 100 / 90-19M / C (57S) - Custom
130 / 90-16M / C (67S) - Classic
|Rear tire size||170 / 80-15M / C (77S)|
|Front brakes||1 disc, 298 mm, 2-piston caliper|
|Rear brakes||drum, 200 mm|
|Front suspension||41mm telescopic fork, 140mm travel|
|Rear suspension||linkage with monoshock (adjustable preload), stroke - 98 mm|
|Motorcycle length|| 2295mm - Custom
2450 mm - Classic
|Motorcycle width|| 880mm - Custom
930 mm - Classic
|Motorcycle height|| 1065mm - Custom
1105 mm - Classic
|Wheelbase|| 1610 mm - Custom
1625 mm - Classic
|Saddle height|| 695mm - Custom
710 mm - Classic
|Acceleration to 100 km / h||7.3 sec|
|Maximum speed||147 km / h|
|Fuel tank capacity||16.0 l (including reserve - 3.0 l)|
|Motorcycle weight (curb)|| 227 kg - Custom
247 kg - Classic