12 reasons why you should consider buying a Yamaha V Star 650 | Taza Khabre

If you want to buy a cruiser today, there is no shortage of options. Getting a new Harley-Davidson, for example, would be right up there on most people’s bucket list, given their heritage. But they are also quite expensive, so options from Honda, Suzuki, Indian and many others are also in the future.


Cruisers, regardless of whether you buy them used or new, are in almost constant demand. With that in mind, we’ve updated this piece with a few more reasons why the discontinued Yamaha V-Star 650 is still worth checking out.

So why would you want to consider not just a discontinued bike, but one that also vastly outperforms almost all other cruisers in most situations? The Yamaha The V-Star 650 is the cruiser in question, and as it turns out, what counted against it while it was still in production is actually what gives it a new lease on life in the second half of its life.

This list has been compiled using actual data from Yamaha’s official V-Star 650 Cruiser website. Other relevant information has been sourced from reliable websites that accurately describe the overall ownership experience.


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12 Yamaha V Star 650 Styling

Yamaha V-Star 650 third quarter front view

If you like chrome, you’ll love the Yamaha V-Star 650. It has soft, traditional cruiser lines and will appeal to anyone who loves motorcycles from the 60s and 70s. Although it’s a mid-sized cruiser in terms of power, it’s almost a full-size bike in terms of size. A sheep in wolf’s clothing, if you will.

The effect is that you end up with a cruiser that is much more compact than it actually looks, giving it excellent maneuverability and overall ease of handling. The V-Star 650’s design language is dominated by subtle yet effective styling cues. This is one of the main reasons why it has aged so gracefully despite being discontinued since 2017.

Design features of the Yamaha V-Star 650

  • Traditional cruiser style
  • A large amount of chromium
  • Wide steering wheel
  • Front controls
  • Vertical seat

11 Low seat height

The 2017 Yamaha V-Star 650 rides down the road in profile

Like almost any cruiser, the V-Star 650 has a very accessible seat height, opening the bike up to beginners and those who have a little trouble riding upright. The seat height not only ensures that more people can quickly fit into the V-Star 650, but also makes it comfortable for beginners.

2014 Yamaha V-Star 650 Dimensions

Seat height

27.4 inches


92.1 inches


34.6 inches


42.3 inches

wheel base

63.4 inches

Specifications obtained from Characteristics of the motorcycle

10 Sufficient performance for cruising

Max Torque: 37.5 lb-ft

Yamaha V-Star 650
MCN / HotCars

To be clear, the V-Star 650 is neither a power bike nor a sport cruiser. The best way to describe its power and torque is to call it adequate. However, this is enough to go on a cruise. Its 40 horsepower is enough to get it up to highway speeds nicely, and its ability to eat up the miles is beyond doubt.

2014 Yamaha V-Star 650 Specifications


40 hp

A turning point

37.5 lb-ft

Method of transmission


The highest speed

96 mph


disk 298 mm (F); 200 mm drum (R)

Final transmission


Fuel tank capacity

4.2 gallons

Wet weight

514 pounds

Specifications obtained from Characteristics of the motorcycle; The maximum speed is obtained from MCN


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9 A comfortable cruiser

Yamaha V Star 650 comfortable cruiser ariel seat design view
Lennart~commonswiki Via Wikimedia Commons

Not only will the bike cover the miles, but it will also provide you with a very comfortable seat. It has a little suspension travel, but as long as you’re on the tarmac, it soaks up almost anything you throw at it.

The front controls aren’t extreme enough to make you feel uncomfortable, they’re just effective enough to place you in a relaxed position that’ll stay comfortable enough until your next gas stop.

2014 Yamaha V-Star 650 Suspension and Tire Specifications

Front suspension

41 mm forks

Rear suspension

Adjustable monocross link

Front tires

100/90 R19

Rear tires

170/80 R15

Specifications obtained from Characteristics of the motorcycle

8 Unique V-Twin

Maximum power: 40 hp

2005 Yamaha V Star 650 Custom engine close-up
American Motorcycle Trading Co.

With a range of 200 miles and a top cruising speed of 96 mph, you’ll spend a maximum of three hours in the saddle at a time. This is a very efficient V-twin that sounds great. It’s been around for a few years and has only been out of production for about five, so even dealers will still have spare parts.

2014 Yamaha V-Star Engine Specifications



Engine type

Four-stroke, 70-degree V-twin, SOHC, 2 valves per cylinder


40 hp

A turning point

37.5 lb-ft


Wet sump

Compression ratio


Cooling system

With air cooling

Diameter x Stroke

81 mm x 63 mm


Mikuni BDS28 CV 2×28 mm carburetors




Digital TCI

Specifications obtained from Characteristics of the motorcycle

7 Bulletproof Yamaha reliability

Reliability rating of the owners: 4.5/5

2019 Yamaha V-Star 650 side view on the road

As long as you perform basic maintenance on the V-Star 650, this flexible Yamaha cruiser will last forever. The Japanese brand has built an incredible reputation for reliability, and this bike is no exception.

It’s mechanically simplistic, so if you like working on bikes or just want to learn, this is a great bike to start with. And obviously, the 4.5/5 reliability rating proves that people who lived with the V-Star 650 had virtually no problems with it.


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6 Current costs

The 2017 Yamaha V-Star 650 is on its way

If you are willing to take on some basic maintenance tasks yourself, it will cost next to nothing. On average, owners reported about the annual maintenance cost of the lampshade is over $500which is very reasonable considering the type of bike you are buying.

Even if you don’t want to do the work yourself, there’s probably a Yamaha dealer in your town that won’t charge that much to do the work for you. It’s also a low-compression, low-load engine designed to last.

5 Yamaha V Star 650 Performance

Average fuel consumption: 47 mpg

2004 Yamaha V STAR 650 rear third quarter view
427 Garage

So far, the Yamaha V-Star 650 has done quite well as a quiet, simple cruiser. But one of the key aspects of cruising is how long you can go between gas tank refills, and that’s where the V-Star excels as well.

It’s equipped with a 4.2-gallon fuel tank, which, when applied to an average claimed fuel consumption of 47 mpg, translates to a range of 202 miles. Granted, there are plenty of bikes out there that can beat that number, but for the type of cruiser that the V-Star 650 is, the number is pretty respectable.

Yamaha V-Star 650 Performance

  • Fuel tank capacity is 4.2 gallons
  • Average fuel consumption is 47 MPG
  • Average range per tank is 200+ miles

4 Cool old school

Yamaha V Star 650 classic-vibing cruiser side view
American Motorcycle Trading Co.

The V-Star 650 has a certain charm that newer, more sophisticated bikes just don’t have. Admittedly, using something intangible like charm as a deciding factor may seem unscientific. However, the truth is that these decisions are not always logical either.

The only new equivalent to the V-Star might be the Royal Enfield 350, but the Yamaha has comfort and reliability.


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3 Just fun

2004 Yamaha V-Star 650, side view
Srkcycles via YouTube

This is not the bike you should buy if you have an ego to satisfy. It’s an unassuming bike that gets the job done for riders who know what they want.

It’s a stretch to say that the V-star 650 is a fun bike for cruising and even commuting, and it’s unlikely to ever let you down. Unfortunately, it won’t necessarily get your pulse pumping with electric acceleration or incredible face-melting torque. It’s just not that kind of bike.

2 Great value

2015 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom HD Wallpaper
Mcsikos90 Via YouTube

The way the V-Star 650 looks and for all that it represents, it’s not a desirable bike in and of itself. So the V-Star offers great value for those who just want to drive and don’t care about image or brand loyalty.

It’s also a bike that’s been in production for quite some time, so it’s not like they’re in short supply either.

1 Yamaha V Star 650 used examples are many

Used Price Range: $1,800-$4,000

Yamaha V-Star 650, side view

So, the Yamaha V-Star 650 looks like a casual, relaxed, efficient and reliable cruiser. It won’t get your heart racing by any means, but it makes up for the lost excitement by being completely solid and reliable.

The V-Star 650 has been discontinued for quite some time now, but it had an extremely long production run. So, if this type of cruiser is exactly what you’re looking for, you’ll be glad to know that they aren’t available on the used car market. In fact, you can get one for a one-time price. The cheapest we could find was around $1,800, with prices ranging into the affordable $4,000.

Things to consider before buying a used V-Star 650:

  • Tire resource
  • Battery age
  • Electric start status
  • Faded brakes

  • Source of technical specifications: Motorcycle Specs, MCN
  • Source for used prices: Cycle Trader

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