The 2012 Yamaha V-Star 950 offers middleweight performance in user friendly, confidence inspiring package that will appeal to entry level riders right through to seasoned veterans. The Yamaha V-Star 950 offers an exciting combination of excellent engine performance and character with plenty of power for longer highway adventures. A double-downtube steel frame gives the 2012 Yamaha V-Star 950 the longest wheelbase in it's class, while a fuel-injected, forward mounted engine packs major power under your low 26.5 inch seat.
Looking for a new generation cruiser that is fun to ride and easy to operate?
The 2012 V-Star 950 with features a full size chassis, high quality fit and finish plus a super low seat height. The V-Star 950 offers class leading performance and plenty of cruiser character so you can discover your free spirit in comfort and style. The 2012 V Star 950 is the benchmark in the entry cruiser class, appealing to seasoned riders as well as those looking for a friendly entry-level cruiser.
The air-cooled V-twin delivers plenty of distinctive, big-cruiser character and pulsing torque feel. Seat height is an extra-low 26.6 inches. The full-sized chassis has a long, low look and provides spacious comfort. Handling is sporty and responsive, great for curvy back roads and commuting around town as well as open-highway cruising.
No wonder V-Twin® Magazine named V Star 950 the 2009 “Metric of the Year”!
With the 942cc 60° V-twin engine is both simple and sophisticated. Sure, there’s no-fuss air cooling for traditional looks. But inside you’ll find the reason for the surprisingly spirited performance: four-valve cylinder heads, ceramic-composite-lined cylinders, forged aluminum pistons and fuel injection. The meticulously tuned 2-into-1 exhaust system has a throaty exhaust note and also 3-way catalyst technology to reduce air pollution.
The carefully designed chassis contributes to an exceptionally light feeling riders are sure to appreciate. The double-cradle steel main frame offers an ideal rigidity balance in the longitudinal, lateral and tensional directions, using the engine as a stressed member. With the engine mounting position slightly forward for optimum front-rear weight distribution and its large, 18-inch front wheel, the V Star 950 has outstanding handling performance.
The fenders are real steel, front and rear. That adds to the quality look and feel, and makes customization easier.
The V Star 950 Tourer rolls out with a windshield, leather-wrapped hard sidebags and a passenger backrest, all standard, ready for the open road or the commute to school or work. The V Star 950 and V Star 950 Tourer achieve fuel economy up to an estimated 47 mpg* with a fuel tank that holds 4.5 gallons of gas.
2012 Yamaha V-Star 950 Specifications And Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $8,490 (Candy Red) Available from July, 2011
$8,490 (Liquid Silver) Available from July, 2011
Type 57.5-cubic-inch (942cc) air-cooled 4-stroke, V-twin, SOHC, 4-valve
Bore x Stroke 85.0mm x 83.0mm
Compression Ratio 9.0:1
Fuel Delivery Fuel injection
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission 5-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Final Drive Belt
Suspension / Front Telescopic fork, 5.3-in travel
Suspension / Rear Single shock, 4.3-in travel
Brakes / Front Hydraulic disc, 320mm
Brakes / Rear Hydraulic disc, 298mm
Tires / Front 130/70-18M/C 63H
Tires / Rear 170/70-16 M/C 75H
Wheels 8-spoke cast
Length 95.9 in
Width 39.4 in
Height 42.5 in
Seat Height 26.6 in
Wheelbase 66.3 in
Rake (Caster Angle) 32.0°
Trail 5.7 in
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal
Fuel Economy** 47 mpg
Wet Weight*** 613 lb
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)