Yamaha XVS 950 Drag Star

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Yamaha XVS950A Drag Star (V-Star 950)

The Yamaha XVS 950 Drag Star was first introduced in 2009 as a junior replacement for Yamaha XVS 1100 Drag Star (in 2008 the XVS1100 evolved into XVS1300), and is still being sold. In the American market, this model is called - "" Yamaha V-Star 950 "". The model positions itself as a cruiser for entry-level and intermediate-level drivers. Having full-size dimensions, the motorcycle is very similar to the older version Yamaha XV1900, which is also an advantage and deprives you of the feeling of owning a cheap low-volume version of the older model.

Yamaha XVS950A Drag Star Tourer (V-Star 950 Tourer)

The motorcycle was based on a 2-cylinder V-shaped air-cooled engine with a volume of 942 cc. see, delivering 50-54 hp. power and 77-79 Nm of torque. Maximum motor performance - from 3000 to 6000 rpm. This engine was subsequently also installed on the Yamaha XV950 Bolt model, which appeared in 2013.

Analyzing the Yamaha XVS 950, the desire of Yamaha to release another cruiser for the American market is immediately evident. This can be traced not only in terms of the motorcycle's style and layout (air cooling, belt), but also the character of the motor. First, the engine has no balance shafts. Secondly, to emphasize vibration and enhance the sensation of each impulse, the start of the working strokes are spaced 300 ° and 420 ° apart. It is clear that for the European market such "technologies" are at least not advantages, but for the sale of this class of equipment in the United States it is necessary.

Drag Star 950 (V-Star 950) features a traditional steel duplex frame, simple suspensions in the form of a telescopic fork and mono-shock absorber, disc brakes, an injector, a 5-speed gearbox, a belt drive, a 17-liter fuel tank and 278 kg of curb weight ...

Main modifications of Yamaha Drag Star 950 (V-Star 950):

  • Yamaha XVS950A Drag Star (aka Yamaha V-Star 950) is a regular classic version.
  • Yamaha XVS950A Drag Star Tourer (aka Yamaha V-Star 950 Tourer) - touring version with windshield, passenger backrest and side trunks.

The main competitors of the Yamaha Drag Star 950 in the class:


Yamaha XVS950A Drag Star (V-Star 950)
Yamaha XVS950A Drag Star (V-Star 950)
Yamaha XVS950A Drag Star Tourer (V-Star 950 Tourer)


Specifications Yamaha XVS950 Midnight Star / V-Star 950:

Model Yamaha XVS950 Midnight Star / V-Star 950
Motorcycle type cruiser
Release year 2009+
Frame steel tubular
Engine type 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V-shaped
Working volume 942 cc cm.
Bore / stroke 85.0 x 83.0mm
Compression ratio 9.0: 1
Cooling air
Number of valves per cylinder SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply system injector, 1x ACW35
Ignition type digital TCI
Maximum power 53.6 hp (39.4 kW) at 6000 rpm
Maximum torque 77.0 Nm (7.8 kgf * m) @ 3000 rpm
Gearbox 5-speed
Drive type belt
Front tire size 130 / 70-18M / C (63H)
Rear tire size 170 / 70B-16M / C (75H)
Front brakes 1 disc, 320 mm, 2-piston caliper
Rear brakes 1 disc, 298 mm, 1-piston caliper
Front suspension 41mm telescopic fork, 135mm travel
Rear suspension linkage with monoshock (adjustable preload), stroke - 110 mm
Motorcycle length 2435 mm
Motorcycle width 1000 mm
Motorcycle height 1080mm - V-Star / Midnight Star 950

1340 mm - V-Star 950 Tourer

Wheelbase 1685 mm
Saddle height 675 mm
Acceleration to 100 km / h 6.51 sec
Maximum speed 154 km / h
Fuel tank capacity 16.7 L (including reserve - 3.4 L)
Motorcycle weight (curb) 278 kg - V-Star / Midnight Star 950

298 kg - V-Star 950 Tourer