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Yamaha DragStar 650

Yamaha DragStar 650
Manufacturer Yamaha Motor Company
Also called Yamaha V Star 650 - XVS650/XVS650A
Production since 1997
Predecessor Yamaha Virago 535
Class Cruiser
Engine 649 cc (39.6 cu in) air-cooled 70° V-twin; SOHC, 2 valves/cylinder
Power 40 hp (30 kW) @ 6,500 rpm
Torque 50.1 N·m (37.0 lbf·ft) @ 3,000 rpm
Transmission 5-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Frame type Steel pipe/double cradle
Suspension Front: Telescopic fork; 139 mm (5.5 in) travel Rear: Single shock, link-type; w/adjustable preload;
Brakes Front: 298 mm disc
Rear: 200 mm drum
Wheelbase 1,610 mm (63 in) XVS650 / 1,625 mm (64.0 in) XVS650A
Dimensions L: 2,339 mm (92.1 in) XVS650 / 2,451 mm (96.5 in) XVS650A
W: 878 mm (34.6 in) XVS650 / 929 mm (36.6 in) XVS650A
H: 1,069 mm (42.1 in) XVS650 / 1,104 mm (43.5 in) XVS650A
Seat height 695 mm (27.4 in) XVS650 / 711 mm (28.0 in) XVS650A
Weight 230 kg (510 lb) XVS650 / 260 kg (570 lb) XVS650A (dry)
257 kg (567 lb) XVS650 / 287 kg (633 lb) XVS650A (wet)
Fuel capacity 16 L (3.5 imp gal; 4.2 US gal) / 3 L (0.66 imp gal; 0.79 US gal) Reserve
Related Yamaha DragStar 1100 XVS1100/XVS1100A

The Yamaha DragStar 650 (also known as the V Star 650 and the XVS650/XVS650A) is a motorcycle produced by Yamaha Motor Company.


  • Background 1
  • V-star 2
  • 2009 3
  • 2008 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Based on the Yamaha Virago 535 engine, the XVS650 (named V Star in USA) cylinders were bored an additional 5 mm to 81 mm and stroked 4 mm more to 63 mm, to net a displacement of 649 cc. The XVS650 comes in two models: the Custom with a lower seat height 695 mm (27.4 in) and slightly less weight, and the Classic with a higher seat height of 708 mm (27.9 in). The Custom is approximately 232 kg (511 lb) and the Classic approximately 15 kg heavier 247 kg (545 lb).

The Yamaha XVS650 is sold in the U.S. as the entry-level versions of the V-Star line. That line was offered from 1998 to 2008 in two different versions: the Classic and the Silverado. Both versions are built around the same 649 cc v-twin engine. The V-Star line offers the visual appeal of larger v-twin motorcycles paired with the fuel efficiency, reliability, and nimble handling of a mid-size cruiser.

Both V-Star versions also offer extensive opportunities for customization. As with other cruisers, a number of after-market manufacturers and distributors offer chrome, power-enhancement, lighting, and other rider enhancements designed to enhance rider enjoyment of V-Star 650 motorcycles.


The V-Star 650 (and even the 1100) bikes come in three trims:

  • V-Star Custom (650) XVS650 - Base version for long-distance cruising.
  • V-Star Classic (650) XVS650A - The same frame as the V-star Custom but with wider front wheel, metal fenders, longer bodywork, less chromed styling, dragged handlebars, wider seat and numerous styling differences.
  • V-Star Silverado (650) - Much as the V-Star Classic with saddlebags and a few other "touring" additions
  • Some V-Star motorcycles come in what others may know as deepish purple (Raven) with flames. There were 2 editions made of this. The XVS65T-F and the XVS65TC-F (CA edition). CA edition is for California Only and is equipped with a canister to prevent the discharging of fuel vapor into the atmosphere. There are 3 lines to this canister. One to the fuel tank, one to the carburetor and a vent hose. Both of these models when the VIN is decoded will show up either XVS650 and XVS650A mostly because their parts are identical to these 2 models with very few exceptions if any.

All these are the base versions of the RoadStar. The "RoadStar" and "RoyalStar" generally refers to the class of bikes which are made and fine-tuned for touring performance


There were no spec changes between 2008 and 2009 models.

  • V-Star Classic available from June 2008
  • V-Star Custom available from June 2008; CA model from August 2008
  • V-Star Silverado available from June 2008[1]


  • V-Star Classic available from September 2007
  • V-Star Custom available from September 2007
  • V-Star Silverado available from March 2008[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b

External links

  • Yamaha Motor Co. global site
  • Yamaha Cruiser Australian Site
  • Yamaha Star Motorcycles USA Site
  • Yamaha Motorcycles at DMOZ
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