2006 Yamaha V-Star Classic 650 Review

2006 Yamaha V-Star Classic 650 from Canada

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.1 / 10
Distance when acquired3 kilometres
Most recent distance140 kilometres
Previous motorcycleYamaha Virago 250


A great motorbike to ride, and a head-turner to boot


I've only had the bike out for 3 or 4 short trips, due to the winter... But everything is running fine, so far.

General Comments:

I'm totally thrilled with the bike. My previous one was a Virago 250, but I sure like the acceleration of this one (in comparison). Also, it's nicer to feel that heavier weight beneath me. ...This seems to add more stability to the bike.

...Oh.. And it sure is nice to get away from that damn chain that I seemed to be continually oiling and adjusting on my 250.

I would have liked to see a gas gauge on this bike, as being new to this particular model, I'm not quite used to the amount of fuel used, vs. distance travelled...But I'm sure I'll have this figured out shortly.

I added a Lin bar and saddlebags. Definitely a sharp looking bike...And as others have commented, it looks a lot bigger than what it actually is.

My insurance has jumped a hundred bucks for 6 months, and I don't bother with any collision or comprehensive, but considering I'm on my own, it's still only a fifth the cost of what I have to pay for my Toyota truck...And then there's the savings in gas too.

As soon as the weather warms up, I'm sure it'll be my prime means of transportation for the rest of the summer.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th April, 2008

Average review marks: 9.1 / 10, based on 1 review