2006 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom Reviews

2006 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom from United States of America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired5200 miles
Most recent distance11200 miles

Summary:

Great starter bike and a head turner!

Faults:

In 6000 miles of having this bike, the only thing that has gone wrong was a short somewhere in the turn signal wiring that was blowing a fuse. The dealership mechanic figured it out, and had it fixed in under an hour.

General Comments:

This is my first bike, and I'm also vertically challenged. This bike really found me as opposed to me finding it. As soon as I sat on it, this bike knew it had a new owner. The low seat height and low weight is a great combination for a new rider.

All last summer I rode the bike to work every day, 100 miles round trip until the weather just got too cold. The seat is just fine for stock until you get over an hour on it, then it does become uncomfortable. The passenger seat is a complete joke, so if you plan on riding with a hottie on the back, get something nicer.

This bike just cruises and corners wonderfully in the mountains where I live, and on the highways doing 65-70. It would be nice if it had a 6th gear, but that would put it at a price point where it's not competitive with other 650's, so it just is what it is. The shaft drive means less to deal with. My wife's bike is an older chain drive, and she needs to clean it often.

I would agree with other commenters about the clutch. It doesn't engage until it's almost all the way out, which did take some getting used to. I don't stall it any more, but I sure did the first couple weeks of riding.

Overall, the bike has been great fun. It already came with a louder exhaust from the first owner and I've added saddlebags and a windscreen. The "Midnight", blacked out look is a head turner everywhere I go, and most people guess it's a much bigger bike than it really is.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd March, 2010

2006 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom from Australia

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Distance when acquired1800 kilometres
Most recent distance3800 kilometres

General Comments:

It has to be the ethanol blended fuels that's causing engine/carburettor problems.

I'm a very happy owner of a 2006 V Star custom these last four months and have had no trouble with it at all. That said, here in Australia, ethanol blended fuels aren't that big. Before I bought the bike I did some research and Yamaha do not recommend the use of ethanol based fuels on the V Star. I personally use a 98 Octane fuel which works fine for me.

I have no trouble starting the bike, I use the choke for about 3 minutes and the engine is warm enough.

Quite simply, the bike is a joy to ride, has plenty of grunt to get me out of a tight situation, and looks great.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th January, 2009

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 2 reviews