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06-05-2016, 10:31 PM,
#1
Confusing report
Hey all....... I heve been looking at possibly purchasing a Vstar 650 of around the 2008-2010 vintage. Overall, reports on this bike as a learner machine that will also be a reasonably adequate tourer are positive. The only real exception is the review below which doesnt read well at all particularly in the area of cruising speed. It claims that 100k (60mph) is a struggle but most reports indicate otherwise. Could you give me a true users opinion please??


XVS650 Classic
This was my main steed and it turned out to be the only one in the range we all were a bit disappointed with. The engine has no real usable power for touring — in fact, the Virago is faster!
The 650 goes OK under 100km/h so we suggest it would make a good commuter cruiser. Considering its 247kg wet weight, handling is light and it’s easy to manage through tight traffic.
Braking is a worry; the front virtually has no feel or power and once or twice had me wondering if it was going to stop. The rear brake is a bit wooden and overstepping the mark with your right foot will see the wheel locking up.
On the positive side, the 650 Classis is very comfortable. It’s designed for someone under 185cm but, with a relaxing bar width, commuting and arriving at your destination hassle free is what you’ll get.
Phil jumped on the 650 on the return trip and couldn’t wait to get off it, saying he preferred the Virago because it was “more fun”.
Fit and finish was another area we felt was lacking on the 650: it just felt cheap compared to the others here.
Having said all that, the latest sales figures from the FCAI reveal that the XVS650 is the highest-selling cruiser, so it must be the price that appeals most.
The best-selling cruiser in Australia but it lacks usable touring power.
Quickspecs
Model: Yamaha XVS650A Classic
Price: $10,999 (plus on-road charges)
Warranty: Two years, unlimited distance
Servicing km intervals: Every 10,000km
Engine: Air-cooled, SOHC, 70-degree V-twin cylinder, 4-stroke
Bore × stroke: 81×63mm
Displacement: 649cc
Compression: 9.0:1
Power: 30kW @ 6500rpm
Torque: 50.1Nm @ 3000rpm
Transmission: Five-speed, wet multi-plate clutch, shaft final drive
Suspension: Front, telescopic fork, non-adjustable, travel 140mm. Rear, monoshock, adjustable preload, 98mm travel
Dimensions: Seat height 711mm, kerb weight 247kg, fuel capacity 16L, wheelbase 1625mm
Tyres: Front, 130/90//R16. Rear, 170/80/R15
Frame: Steel double cradle
Brakes: Front, single 298mm discs with dual-piston caliper. Rear, 200mm drum
Fuel consumption: 4.81L/100km, premium unleaded
Theoretical range: 332km
Colours: Candy Red; Deep Blue
Verdict: Commuting is its calling card
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06-06-2016, 01:12 PM,
#2
Confusing report
I've had my 2004 650 VStar classic for 3 years and logged 25,000km on it last season, many of those were 2up with my wife. For a beginner it's a great bike if you're looking for that cruiser style.

It is a little under powered for long highway miles but I can comfortably cruise at 110-120kph all day though you don't have much passing power above 110.

Overall I can't say enough good things about this bike and would Recommend it to any new rider, it's comfortable and you can't beat Yamaha reliability.
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06-06-2016, 10:55 PM,
#3
RE: Confusing report
(06-06-2016, 01:12 PM)emew Wrote: I've had my 2004 650 VStar classic for 3 years and logged 25,000km on it last season, many of those were 2up with my wife. For a beginner it's a great bike if you're looking for that cruiser style.

It is a little under powered for long highway miles but I can comfortably cruise at 110-120kph all day though you don't have much passing power above 110.

Overall I can't say enough good things about this bike and would Recommend it to any new rider, it's comfortable and you can't beat Yamaha reliability.
Thanks emew.... that what I thought .... Its great hearing things first hand from current riders...

David
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06-08-2016, 07:03 PM,
#4
RE: Confusing report
As Emew said above, the bike may not have tremendous passing power above 70 mph, but it is still adequate.

Whoever wrote that report seems to have forgotten that they were riding a 650 not a 1300 or similar size. The bike performs as one would expect a 650 to perform.
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06-09-2016, 08:48 AM, (This post was last modified: 06-09-2016, 08:58 AM by pauli466.)
#5
RE: Confusing report
(06-06-2016, 01:12 PM)emew Wrote: I've had my 2004 650 VStar classic for 3 years and logged 25,000km on it last season, many of those were 2up with my wife. For a beginner it's a great bike if you're looking for that cruiser style.

It is a little under powered for long highway miles but I can comfortably cruise at 110-120kph all day though you don't have much passing power above 110.

Overall I can't say enough good things about this bike and would Recommend it to any new rider, it's comfortable and you can't beat Yamaha reliability.
most 650s in foreign markets are actually vstar 400s which sounds like the one he's describing, what does 'it feels cheap even mean" my classic feels rock solid more so than any other 650 i'v ridden because it's longer and heaver than any other 650 out there. it's not a cross country bike by any means but you can still tour with it, i'v done 500mile days with no problems, who really want's to do more than that anyway?, what's funny is if you look at large tour bikes they usually have way less miles on them than most vstar 650s do, that alone says people who own them don't wan't to get off them. i would never buy a large tour bike to ride on weekends and only in perfect weather, if you ride with a passenger that weighs more than 150 lbs you'll need a bigger bike than a 650 regardless of who makes it, other than that the 650 is fine for touring. the vstar 400 makes 31 HP @ 7200rpm and the 650 makes 40 hp @ 6500 rpm that's why i think he's describing the 400 model, you can't tell the difference between a 400 and a 650 unless you measure the pistons, some 400s were also sold in the u.s but only a few of em because they never caught on here.
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06-09-2016, 09:56 PM,
#6
RE: Confusing report
Thank for the replies... You all have settled my mind nicely.... 650 for me!!!
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