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New 2013 Suzuki GSX-R750
(m.s.r.p. $ 12,199.00)
FEBRUARY SALE $ 10,499. 00 *
*Not including freight, assembly & service, document fee, tax, title, tag. Financing available as low as 0% interest rate, subject to qualification.
Since it was launched in 1985, the Suzuki GSX-R750 has managed to attract a lot of fans and there is no wonder why as is packed with modern technologies and features a pretty versatile and sporty character.
As far as performance is concerned, the 2013 Suzuki GSX-R750 is powered by the same 750 cc four cylinder engine as the previous year’s model. However, the actual model features an eight kilogram reduction off the total weight, advanced engine technology, broader power delivery, improved throttle response and lower emissions. On top of that you also get a more aerodynamic and light bodywork.
The stopping power is handled by a set of four-piston Brembo monoblock front brake calipers and 310mm dual floating discs, paired with a single piston rear brake caliper with a 220mm disc.
In 1985, Suzuki unleashed the GSX-R750 to the world, which would become the foundation for today’s sportbikes. With unmatched engineering feats in light weight frames and power, it made its race track debut with a stunning victory at The Le Mans 24-hour World Endurance Championships! It had blistered the track with an average speed of 10 mph higher than the prior year Champion, meaning it would have had a 240 mile lead at the finish line.
Suzuki has remained true to the GSX-R’s original concept with continued evolution the GSX-R750. The GSX-R750 remains the best choice for riders who appreciate a state-of-the-art 750cc engine combined with the compactness of a GSX-R600cc Supersport. When you ride a GSX-R750 you experience the breathtaking combination of outstanding race winning heritage, engine performance, crisp handling, compact size and light weight. It’s a winning combination that allows any rider to experience the exhilarating rush any time, any place, anywhere.
Experience a breathtaking combination of outstanding engine performance, nimble handling, compact size and light weight.
Experience the GSX-R750 – the latest version of The Original GSX-R, the best choice for riders who appreciate a state-of-the-art 750cc engine combined with the compactness of a 600cc Supersport.
The original and only 750cc sportsbike on the market, the GSX-R750 continues a legacy dating back to the model’s ground-breaking launch in 1985, where it took race replica motorcycles to a new level.
A truly individual street machine, the Suzuki GSX-R750 is a direct link between the racetrack and the streets and delivers powerful performance with supreme handling.
The current generation GSX-R750 features an eight kilogram reduction off the total weight, advanced engine technology, broader power delivery, improved throttle response and lower emissions and is built on a shorter, compact wheelbase with simplified and lighter aerodynamic bodywork.
The latest version of Suzuki’s Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) fuel injection system delivers impressive throttle response along with improved fuel economy and reduced emissions.
The advanced Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) is designed to optimise engine output and now provides riders a selection of two engine maps to suit the conditions or their riding preference.
The GSX-R750 chassis, is designed with an emphasis on weight reduction and compactness to improve overall handling and provide an ideal power-to-weight ratio.
For greater stopping performance, Suzuki’s 750cc powerplant now incorporates four-piston Brembo monoblock front brake calipers and 310mm dual floating discs, and a single piston rear brake caliper with a 220mm disc.
2013 Suzuki GSX-R750 Features
750cm3 4-cylinder engine with a race-proven oversquare bore/stroke ratio for an efficient, high-revving design.
The engine employs forged pistons, shot-peened conrods, chrome-nitride-coated upper compression and oil control rings, and pentagonal ventilation holes.
Lightweight titanium-alloy valves controlled by single valve spring to reduce mechanical losses.
Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) fuel injection, using fine-spray 8-hole injectors for improved fuel atomization, which contributes to more complete combustion.
Advanced, MotoGP-developed transistorized ignition control circuit helps maintain more precise spark timing across the range of engine temperature.
Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) offers push-button selection of two racing-developed engine control maps to suit road conditions and personal tastes.
4-into-1 stainless-steel exhaust system with a titanium muffler, carrying a Suzuki Exhaust Tuning (SET) valve maximizing torque and improving throttle response, especially in the low-to-mid rpm range.
Race-proven back-torque-limiting clutch contributes to smoother downshifting and corner entry.
Lightweight and compact twin-spar aluminum cradle frame made of five cast sections and cast swingarm.
Race-developed, lightweight Showa Big Piston Front-forks (BPF) deliver superb feedback and consistent performance.
Single Showa rear shock features externally adjustable rebound and compression damping, along with adjustable ride height.
Electronically controlled steering damper provides lighter steering at slower speeds and more damping force at racetrack and highway speeds.
Front brakes with fully floating 310mm discs and radial-mount, four-piston Brembo monoblock calipers.
3-way adjustable footpegs, adjustable shift lever, and short fuel tank help compose a comfortable riding position.
Compact, lightweight instrument cluster with a built-in lap timer/stopwatch and programmable engine rpm indicators.
Small, simple and lightweight bodywork composing an exciting, aerodynamic styling.
Analog tachometer. LCD readouts include speedometer, odometer, dual trip meter, reserve trip meter, clock, coolant temperature/oil pressure indicator, S-DMS and gear position indicator.
Suzuki Advanced Immobilizer System (SAIS) is standard in selected markets.
The 750cc, four-cylinder engine with a race-proven oversquare bore/stroke ratio provides exceptionally potent, high-revving performance.
The engine utilizes forged pistons, shot-peened conrods, chrome-nitride-coated upper compression and oil control rings, and pentagonal ventilation holes for outstanding engine performance. Its lightweight titanium-alloy valves are controlled by single valve spring to reduce mechanical losses.
The engine is combined with Suzuki’s Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) fuel injection system includes fine-spray 8-hole injectors, providing improved fuel atomization contributing to more complete combustion in the cylinder.
You also get an advanced, MotoGP-developed transistorized ignition control circuit helps maintain more precise ignition timing across the range of engine temperatures.
Moreover, the lightweight, durable forged pistons are designed with the Finite Element Method (FEM) and fatigue analysis technology and optimized camshaft profiles was developed using proven MotoGP racing technology.
A 4-into-1 stainless-steel exhaust system features a titanium muffler, which carries a Suzuki Exhaust Tuning (SET) valve. The system maximizes torque and improves throttle response, especially in the low-to-mid RPM range.
You’ll especially like the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) offers push-button selection of two racing-developed engine control maps to suit road conditions and personal preference.
The Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM) plated cylinders are integrated into the upper crankcase to help reduce friction, improve heat transfer, increase durability and provide better ring seal.
A six-speed close-ratio transmission features vertically staggered shafts to reduce overall engine length.
Race-proven back-torque-limiting clutch contributes to smoother downshifting and corner entry.
– Race-developed, lightweight 41mm Showa Big Piston front-Fork (BPF) delivers superb feedback and consistent performance.
– A lightweight and compact twin-spar aluminum cradle frame is made of five cast sections and features a cast swingarm.
– An electronically controlled steering damper provides lighter steering at lower speeds and more damping force at racetrack and highway speeds.
– Front brakes feature fully floating 310mm discs and radial-mounted, four-piston Brembo monoblock calipers.
– A single Showa rear shock features externally adjustable rebound and compression damping, along with adjustable ride height.
-3-way adjustable footpegs, adjustable shift lever, and short fuel tank help compose a comfortable riding position.
– Compact, lightweight instrument cluster with a built-in lap timer/stopwatch and programmable engine rpm indicators.
– Analog tachometer. LCD readouts include speedometer, odometer, dual trip meter, reserve trip meter, clock, coolant temperature/oil pressure indicator, S-DMS and gear position indicators.
2013 Suzuki GSX-R750 USA Specifications*
|US MSRP Price||$12,199 USD|
|Engine||750cc, 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC|
|Bore x Stroke||70.0 mm x 48.7 mm (2.756 in x 1.917 in)|
|Compression Ratio||12.5 : 1|
|Fuel System||Suzuki Fuel Injection|
|Transmission||6-speed, constant mesh|
|Final Drive||RK525ROZ5Y, 116 links, Chain|
|Suspension Front||Inverted Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped|
|Suspension||Rear Link type, coil spring, oil damped|
|Brakes Front||Brembo, Disc, Twin|
|Tires Front||120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless|
|Tires Rear||180/55ZR17M/C (73W), tubeless|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||4.5 US|
|Color||Metallic Triton Blue / Pearl Glacier White, Metallic Thunder Gray / Glass Sparkle Black|
|Ignition||Electronic ignition (Transistorized)|
|Overall Length||2030 mm (79.9 in)|
|Overall Width||710 mm (28.0 in)|
|Wheelbase||1390 mm (54.7 in)|
|Ground Clearance||130 mm ( 5.1 in)|
|Seat Height||810 mm (31.9 in)|
|Curb Weight||190 kg (419 lbs)|
|Warranty||12 month unlimited mileage limited warranty.|
* All information is subject to change without notice. At Total Motorcycle, we want every ride to be safe and enjoyable. So always wear a helmet, eye protection and protective clothing. Never ride under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Avoid excessive speeds. Never engage in stunt riding. Study your owner’s manual and always inspect your Suzuki before riding. Take a riding skills course or the course nearest you call the Motorcycle Safety Foundation at 1-800-446-9227.
Suggested Starting Price shown does not include tax, title, or destination charge.
New 2013 Suzuki GSX-R750 (m.s.r.p. $ 12,199.00)
FEBRUARY SALE $ 10,499
Used ’09 VX1700 Midnight Warrior
Yamaha $ 6,795.00 3,811 miles
Plus Document fee, Taxes, Title & Registration fees. Financing available.
It’s sometimes enough to bring up the words “power” and “cruiser” so that other ones such as “Star” and “Warrior” would naturally emerge. That’s right; this motorcycle has become not only a Star emblem, but a benchmark for the industry. The interesting part about it is that it climbed all the way up to the top of the wave in the collective’s mental and keeps on riding there.
Based on the idea that brute force should be instantly delivered to the massive rear wheel of a stripped down cruising-type motorcycle, performance cruisers have claimed their fair market share and the Star Warrior has had a lot to do with it. Let’s see what it’s up to in 2009.
Enjoying the tremendous success of a virtually unbeatable combination of power and style is something that Star Motorcycles is well known for and the Warrior is THE great bike present in their lineup for this specific reason. Yamaha left Star a great heritage among which the already consecrated Warrior was a guaranteed money maker. Powered by a massive 102-cubic-inch, air-cooled, 48-degree V-twin motor with pushrod OHV and four valves per cylinder, this 650 lbs weighing aggressive piece of machinery sounds like being built to perform, and it actually is. Star makes no concessions regarding their performance cruiser and ensures that the enormously capable motor is being properly exploited by delivering fuel through a Twin-Bore electronic fuel-injection system with throttle position sensor for instant throttle response.
The high-revving engine features a 97mm x 113mm bore and stroke as well as 8.3:1 compression ratio so if you’ve been searching for the closest thing to the VMAX that has a V-twin motor, this is it. Like all performance cruisers, the gearbox has five close ratios and connects to the engine through a multiplate wet clutch, but the best of Star is really that belt final drive saying “I’m not like all the rest!”
has a V-twin motor, this is it. Like all performance cruisers, the gearbox has five close ratios and connects to the engine through a multiplate wet clutch, but the best of Star is really that belt final drive saying “I’m not like all the rest!”
Star delivers beauty as easy as it delivers performance and this bike does the trick with 93.9 inches overall length and only 44.1 inches height. Long and low translates in great performances, especially handling, but the 65.6 inches wheelbase is really what counts when it comes to cornering abilities. The suspensions also help so the Warrior works with 41mm Kayaba inverted forks (5.3 inches of travel) and a single rear shock (4.3 inches of travel) for good stability.
Fuel economy (39 mpg claimed) isn’t something to be very proud of, but at least the Warrior has the ability to halt as fast as it accelerates when the fairly distracted rider apparently misses the gas station. With 298 mm all-around hydraulic disc brakes (two up front and a single at the rear) the word performance gets a whole new meaning.
Though a beautiful power cruiser can take a lot of forms, for Star it is enough to diversify their offer with a Standard and a Midnight model. While the first is an aggressive looking, two-tone painted bike with a decent number of chromed pieces, the second and last is a totally black model that looks even more aggressive.
In this battle, Japanese muscle meets the very essence of American muscle. Be it the Harley-Davidson V-Rod, Night Rod Special or the V-Rod Muscle, the engine is the same liquid-cooled 76.28-cubic-inch, 60-degree V-twin. This might not seem like much compared to the Star and Suzuki, but the fuel-injected engine actually develops 84 ft. lbs of torque at 7,000 rpm so there’s plenty to rely on. Also, the Harleys feature Brembo brakes and there’s even ABS available. Even though more financially demanding ($14,999 – V-Rod, $16,699 – Night Rod, $17,199 – V-Rod Muscle), these three are likely to sell better than the Warrior, Midnight Warrior and the M109R2 all together simply because Harley-Davidson is the ultimate cruiser motorcycle maker. You just can’t fight that…
The American motorcycle maker might be a favorite, but Star doesn’t build the Warrior as the kind of bike that lives in some other model’s shadow. So we have the 2009 Star Warrior painted in a two-tone Liquid Silver scheme and the 2009 Star Midnight Warrior Onyx painted and featuring black air cleaner, engine covers and exhaust, virtually everything that would normally be chromed or polished on the Standard model.
Although minor, the style difference is striking and the bikes fulfill different rider tastes. But the massive engine, the large diameter exhaust as well as the wheels are all the same. You get the same seat height on both models (28.1 inches), a low, smooth, but wide gas tank and the same pair of stripped down fenders.
Among the main advantages that the Stars have over the competition are definitely the affordable retail prices. The Midnight Warrior model has an original MSRP starting at just $13,390.
Carrying on in 2009 with a simple color change sounds like the simple solution for a consecrated model (note that the Midnight model didn’t even change its color as it hasn’t got much to choose from. It’s either Onyx or no Midnight model) which manages to stay on top of riders preferences despite the numerous alternatives now present on the market.
Star also offers an enormously long accessory list, unveiling both the customizing potential of both Warrior models as well as the fact that the money invested in a fully accessorized can even translate into a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. It’s all a matter of taste; quite frankly, I see the Midnight model as the cherry on a cake.
Used ’09 VX1700 Midnight Warrior
Plus Document fee, Taxes, Title & Registration fees. Financing available.
Engine and Transmission
Type: 102-cubic-inch (1670cc) air-cooled 48° V-twin; pushrod OHV, 4 valves/cylinder
Bore x Stroke: 97mm x 113mm
Compression Ratio: 8.36:1
Fuel Delivery: Twin-Bore electronic fuel injection; throttle position sensor
Ignition: TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission: 5-speed close-ratio; multiplate wet clutch
Final Drive: Belt
Chassis and Dimensions
Frame: Aluminum monoshock
Suspension/Front: 41mm KYB inverted fork;5.3-in travel
Suspension/Rear: Single shock; adjustable preload and rebound damping, 4.3-in travel
Brakes/Front: Dual hydraulic disc, 298mm
Brakes/Rear: Hydraulic disc, 282mm
Tires/Front: 120/70-ZR18 Radial
Tires/Rear: 200/50-ZR17 Radial
Wheels: 5-spoke cast
Length: 93.9 in
Width: 36.8 in
Height: 44.1 in
Seat Height: 28.1 in
Wheelbase: 65.6 in
Fuel Capacity: 4.0 gal
Fuel Economy: 39 mpg
Wet Weight: 650 lb
- The ﬁve-time AMA ProStar Hot Rod Cruiser class drag racing champion returns.
- Twin-bore electronic fuel injection provides spot-on fuel delivery under all conditions.
- Rigid, light and strong aluminum frame, inverted 41mm fork and an adjustable link-type rear end provide near-sportbike handling.
- 200/50-ZR17 rear radial tire looks right and puts all that torque efﬁciently to pavement.
- Midnight Warrior rolls out in special black paint, black air cleaner, engine covers, exhaust—you get the picture.
- The industry standard for V-twin excellence features 102-cubic-inch (1670cc) displacement, pumping out asphalt-ripping torque and acceleration.
- Air-cooled, long-stroke, OHV, 48-degree cylinders with pushrod valve actuation keeps engine height down; large cooling fins, ceramic composite bore plating and a one-piece head cover provide more efficient heat dissipation.
- Four-valve cylinder head design uses two spark plugs per cylinder for efficient combustion and more power at all rpm.
- Hydraulic valve lifters driven by twin camshafts deliver exceptional performance and lower maintenance needs.
- Forged pistons accommodate higher rpm performance thanks to reduced reciprocating mass.
- Rare earth flywheel magnet for faster-revving power delivery and increased high rpm durability.
- Twin-bore fuel injection with throttle position sensor (TPS), aspirated by free-breathing twin air cleaner system, ensures optimal fuel delivery, great throttle response and maximum power throughout the rev range.
- State-of-the-art electronic control unit (ECU) ensures precisely metered fuel delivery and optimal ignition spark control using 3-D digital ignition mapping for each cylinder.
- High-performance two-into-one exhaust system features stainless-steel headers and a massive muffler that boosts horsepower while putting out a throaty V-twin growl.
- Dry-sump lubrication system uses a handy spin-on filter.
- Smooth-shifting five-speed transmission features close-ratio gearing for excellent roll-on performance at all rpm.
- Smooth, low-maintenance belt drive system has a narrow-design belt that reduces unsprung weight for improved rear suspension performance.
- Electric starting system features solenoid-activated auto-decompressor for easy starting.
- Specially designed, class-exclusive, aluminum double-cradle frame and swingarm increases rigidity by 41 percent (over standard Road Star frame) for tremendous strength and durability.
- Super-rigid 41mm Kayaba inverted telescopic fork in beefy, cast-aluminum triple clamps gives 5.3 inches of travel for exceptional sport-oriented performance.
- Link-type, preload and rebound adjustable single shock delivers outstanding rear-wheel tracking for precise handling and plush ride quality.
- Dual 298mm front disc brakes and radial-mount four-piston calipers and a 282mm rear disc combine for incredible, supersport-spec stopping power.
- Pulley design gets all that power to the back wheel with even more style.
- Lightweight, Supersport-inspired five-spoke cast wheels wear low-profile, competition-spec 120/70-ZR18 front and a massive 200/50-ZR17 rear radial for awesome traction and cornering grip.
- Extra-long, 65.6-inch wheelbase and deep, plush saddle create added rider comfort and well-balanced handling.
- Industry-leading Star family fit and finish features lustrous paint and chrome accents (air cleaner, air scoop, mirrors and more) to create a machine as stunning as it is powerful.
- Two-piece saddle is wide and flat for excellent comfort.
- Digital headlight-mounted tachometer, odometer and dual tripmeters with triple clamp-mounted analog speedometer.
- LED taillight provides excellent visibility and very clean look.
- Braided stainless clutch and throttle cables.
- Extra-wide, 4.0-gallon fuel tank features low-fuel warning light and R1-type automatic fuel tripmeter.
- Fork lock integrated into main ignition switch for extra convenience.
- Powerful 12V 60/55-watt multi-reflector halogen headlight maximizes nighttime visibility and comes with beautiful chrome finish.
Used ’09 VX1700 Midnight Warrior
Plus Document fee, Taxes, Title & Registration fees. Financing available.
Used 2004 Yamaha V Star 650 Custom
$ 2,799.00 6,935 miles
Plus Document fee, Taxes, Title & Registration fees.
For years, 40 cubic inches was a lot of motor. Guess what? It still is, especially when a sweet
overhead-cam 40-inch V-twin powers a bike that doesn’t weight so much. The V Star Classic is
light, maneuverable and ready for you to make it your own.
The V Star 650 Classic features an authentic 40 cubic-inch, air-cooled V-twin. With long, low
styling and lots of chrome, this V Star is ready to impress.
Only the price tag will tell you this machine is a mid-size model. Everything else – the long, low
styling, the authentic 40 cubic-inch V-twin, the painstaking attention to detail – – will just plain
knock you out. Take one for a nice long ride, and you’ll see why. Big on value and good looks, the
V Star 650 Classic punches way above its weight. It’s a champion by unanimous decision.
Yamaha started it all with the first V Star Classic back in 1998 when it began offering this Star
middleweight model. American styling, steel fenders and bodywork, long 64” wheelbase and a
70-degree V-twin engine are the basic features which made a statement almost a decade ago
and which are still going strong now.
Based on the proven Yamaha Virago 535 engine, the V Star (Dragstar in Europe) cylinders were
bored out from 5 mm to 81 mm and stroked from 4 mm to 63 mm, to net a displacement of
649cc. The V Star comes in two models: the custom with a lower seat height 695.96 mm and
slightly less weight, and the classic with a higher seat height of 708.66 mm. The custom is
approximately 500.44 lbs and the classic approximately 4.40 lbs heavier. The American versions
of this bike have a lower HP of 33 @6500 rpm. Reasons for this restricted version may have to
do with American EPA requirements.
The basic V Star Custom takes its styling from Harley’s Fatboy as it features fatter mudguards
than the standard bike and shrouded forks.
With the Honda Aero, the Japanese manufacturer uses the same technique that lead to the
creation of the V Star Classic only that this time we are talking about 750cc. Full sized looks and
750cc performance without the full-sized price tag. Sound like a stretch? Not when you’re talking
about the Honda Shadow Aero. Stunning is one way to describe its long, low, retro styling simply
drenched in chrome from tip to tail and boosting classic valanced fenders, spoked wheels and
five all-new colors. Staggering is another – especially once you see that all this muscular V-twin
style and performance could be yours for a mid-sized price.
The Boulevard C50 has the soul of a classic cruiser combined with V-twin performance that
gives you a charge every time you twist the throttle. The Boulevard C50’s Classic design begins
with the flowing lines of its kicked-out front end and pullback handlebars, which perfectly
complement its teardrop tank, stepped seat and boldly valanced rear fender. These lines, of
course, show off its spacious seating position, which promises a comfortable ride hour after
hour. Down the boulevard or on the open highway, the C50’s V-twin powerplant is engineered for
pure excitement. With strong low-end and mid-range torque, it accelerates hard from just above
idle. Yet, thanks to it advanced engineering, it’s incredibly smooth at highway cruising speeds.
The V Star 650 Classic is all about retro style given by its cool and consecrated lines that
practically define a cruiser. This bike has the talent of making itself look bigger than it actually is
because, of course, when it comes to cruising machines bigger is always better.
The front end creates a beautiful balance between the steel valaced front fender, the solid
looking fork and chromed halogen headlight. This equilibrium is borrowed from its bigger
br , although the single hydraulic disc betrays the big-bike look. Not entirely though,
because many big cruising motorcycles sometimes happen to feature a single front disc brake.
The handlebars are slightly leaned back and offer space for those nice looking chromed mirrors.
Furthermore, the large 4.2-gallon teardrop fuel tank features beautiful speedometer designed
with a large face for easy reading of the information that it provides. The seat height is low in
order to allow shorter people to find their place on this machine and it also fills the gap between
the fuel tank and that steel valanced rear fender.
In order to feature complete classic look, this Star received spoked wheels and lots of chrome
accents that contribute at creating a timeless machine. Let’s not forget industry-leading Star
Family fit and finish which always features lustrous paint and this is no exception.
It is funny how a bike that leads to the creation of a bigger one, now inspires its looks from that
very same model. I am talking about the V Star 650 Classic and V Star 1100 Classic. The first
implements the big-boy look found on the bigger bike. This can be noticed while taking a look to
the cylinders, exhaust and virtually all the elements of which I wrote about.
With the first moment I saw the 2008 V Star 650 Classic, I understood why people sometimes
confuse it with 1000cc motorcycles. The bike simply surprises with its size and you ask yourself
if you didn’t by mistake receive the 1100cc model.
After you clear that thought in your mind, pull out the “choke” knob situated under the left rear
corner of the tank and fire the engine up. You will see how this unit’s response is quick and easy
and how the bike idles smoothly while letting it worm up a little bit in a cold morning.
By this time, you will surely be anxious to give it a go so you will use the low-effort clutch and
snick it into first gear. If you are used to dour machines, the V Star will feel smooth, reliable and
confidence-providing and this is just the start. City traffic will be no problem for this ride as it
shifts precisely and no abrupt feel will be encountered while using the clutch.
I enjoyed pulling away when lights turned green because this was a great opportunity to see the
engine’s pull in the lower gears. Rolling on the throttle in lower gears provides good
acceleration and the engine’s exhaust system makes a good impression also. In my attempt of
detaching from four-wheeled traffic, I noticed that by the time you have to shift to second, all cars
can be seen in the rear view mirrors. Third gear would have finished them off if you decide to be
more gentile with the 650cc engine.
In town, I didn’t considered necessary to shift to fourth gear and that is why I felt necessary to get
it on the highway and see what it really can prove with its V-twin engine.
This Star doesn’t feel short on power until it reaches 70mph. Also, at high engine speeds,
power falls off surprisingly and that is where you realize that no mistakes were made and you
received the right bike. The 649cc air-cooled, SOHC 70-degree V-twin is designed to crank out
torque at low and mid rpm levels and until that time, these will be long gone.
By the time the rider becomes familiar with highway speeds, he will be capable to shift at peak
power, an important part of gathering momentum quickly. Any other situations were proudly
faced by this V-twin fed by two 28mm Mikuni CV carburetor.
Out on the highway, other issues rise up and are well worth considering. An example, especially
on cruisers, is the vibration levels detected by the relaxed rider. Thanks to the V Star’s
counterbalancer, vibrations remain almost nonexistent from around 75 mph, where the grips
start to tingle and the pegs tremble a little. At 85 mph and above, the vibration level is very
significant, blurring the mirrors.
Even though you may detect some vibrations, it is good to take in consideration the fact that this
is a cruiser for the beginner rider at its second evolutionary step so it isn’t quite recommended
to widely open the throttle. It would be best to enjoy the relaxed riding position. The footpegs are
not too far forward positioned so they keep tall riders from feeling cramped and short
motorcyclists from feeling like they have to extend their legs in order to reach the pegs. The
same think with the handlebars.
Another important unit in providing comfort and stability in corners is the suspension. I noticed
that is absorbs small bumps with ease and still manages to keep the bike steady while
cornering. Speed bumps will require you to lift your butt of the seat in order to keep things comfy
Also important, but for a mental comfort, is to have good, reliable brakes which only require a
stronger squeeze for more braking power. The same with the foot peg. Just hit it harder and
you’ll soon feel the tires gripping and stopping this overall awesome cruising machine.
The thing with middleweight motorcycles, cruisers included, is that they have to speak through
their price. A manufacturer couldn’t claim that it offers an excellent middleweight package for
somewhere around ten grand let’s say. s have to remain proportionate so as the customer
would make the best choice for him in relation to its pocket.
Star understands that you don’t have to be a heavyweight to express yourself. The way they see
it, this Classic has all the Star quality and strong-running V-twin performance you want and I am
pretty sure that this is your opinion either. It’s up to you to say the rest as I name it a wise mean
of expression yourself.
Engine And Transmission
Displacement: 40-cubic-inch (649cc)
Type: Air-cooled 70-degree V-twin; SOHC, 2 valves per cylinder
Bore x Stroke: 81mm x 63mm
Compression Ratio: 9.0:1
Carburetion: (2) 28mm Mikuni CV carburetors
Transmission: 5-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Final Drive: Shaft
Chassis And Dimensions
Fuel Capacity: Steel; hidden shock
Suspension/Front: Telescopic fork; 5.5-in travel
Suspension/Rear: Single shock; adjustable preload, 3.9-in travel
Brakes/Front: Hydraulic disc, 298mm
Brakes/Rear: 200mm drum
Length: 96.5 in
Width: 36.6 in
Height: 43.5 in
Seat Height: 27.9 in
Wheelbase: 64 in
Ground Clearance: 5.7 in
Dry Weight: 505 lb
Fuel Capacity: 4.2 gal
Color: Galaxy Blue; Raven w/Flames
Retro style is even cooler when it’s combined with modern engineering, including an SOHC
air-cooled V-twin and shaft drive.
Rider floorboards, steel fenders, custom looking clear turn signals, lots of chrome, etc – the V
Star Classic represents tremendous cruiser bang for the buck.
Rigid-look frame provides a great ride via a hidden rear shock with 3.9 inches of travel.
Beautifully chromed and polished 40-cubic-inch (649cc) air-cooled, SOHC 70-degree V-twin
cranks out torquey low- and mid-range power with minimal engine rpm – maximum torque is
reached at only 3000 rpm – for powerful, smooth cruising performance.
Wide-ratio five-speed transmission ensures extremely usable, cruiser-friendly power delivery
to the asphalt.
Low-maintenance shaft drive provides quiet, reliable performance.
Two-into-two chrome exhaust pipes create sleek styling and deliver maximum low- and midrange
Stout, large-diameter steel frame designed to provide low seat height with ample legroom.
Long, low 64-inch wheelbase adds to rider and passenger comfort and predictable handling.
Stylish heel/toe shifter adds versatility and enhances overall cruising comfort.
Comfortably placed full-size rider floorboards enhance ride by minimizing engine vibration and
Beefy, telescopic front fork with stainless steel covers and 5.5 inches of travel ensures a
smooth ride with stylish durability.
Hardtail-look frame conceals a link-type, preload-adjustable single rear shock with 3.9 inches
of travel for excellent handling and a plush ride.
Single front disc and rear drum brakes deliver strong, confidence-inspiring stopping power.
Wide, retro-style handlebars evoke a classic design with roomy ergonomics for enhanced
Fat front tire on wire-spoked wheel combines retro styling with solid handling and traction.
Industry-leading Star family fit and finish features rich, lustrous paint and extensive chrome
accents that create a stunningly timeless machine.
Deeply valanced steel front and rear fenders both durable and unmistakable classic.
Large 4.2-gallon teardrop fuel tank features class-leading fuel capacity for extra long-distance
Beautiful, tank-mounted speedometer designed with a large face for easy reading of
tripmeter/odometer displays and turn signal, neutral, high beam and engine diagnostic indicator
Chrome 60/55-watt halogen headlight adds a nice stylish touch and maximizes nighttime
Maintenance-free 12V 10H battery ensures reliable, no-fuss starting.
V Star 650 Classic
This model made the subject of my review so you became familiar with it, read how it behaves,
and most of all how much cash will require. It is also the bike that was first introduced, with the
Custom model right next to it, but let’s read about the other models, too.
V Star 650 Custom
Plenty of attitude in a surprisingly lean and low package, priced to leave more of you to express
yourself with cool Custom Star Accessories. Now there’s no reason to settle for less than a real