2007 Yamaha V-Star Classic 650 Reviews

2007 Yamaha V-Star Classic 650 from United States of America

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Distance when acquired781 miles
Most recent distance3093 miles

Summary:

The wife is very satisfied

Faults:

It's the wife's bike, and we've had to give it a few baths.

General Comments:

The bike handles very well.

It has lots of power.

What I liked at time of purchase, was the sound of the "Vance & Hines pipes. It also came with a Silverado windshield, passing lights, engine guard (crash bar), saddle bags, and a passenger backrest.

All that stuff, and the bike for only $4,000.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 27th July, 2012

2007 Yamaha V-Star Classic 650 from United States of America

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance6110 miles

Summary:

A great starter bike that can be modified to no end, I would recommend this bike to anyone

Faults:

As many have complained before, after just a few hundred miles, I had an idle issue. The bike would not idle on its own, and I had to run it at at least half choke. The throttle would stick, and I could not get it to run right.

General Comments:

I took it to the dealer, and they kept it for 2 weeks, which really irritated me, and still had not looked at it. I finally got it back, and they told me it was sediment build up in the carbs. They cleaned the the carbs and everything ran fine after that. I went as far as posting a negative review on the website (which was deleted) and thought nothing more.

A few weeks later I got an email from a couple in AZ, saying they had the exact same problem and the dealer gave them the same diagnosis. I have no idea how these people were able to contact me, but I'm glad they did. After I got the bike back, I have had no problems in the last 6000 miles. Other than maintenance items being changed, the bike has been fine.

I have modified the bike, lowered the rear 4 inches, added 2 1/2 inch fork extensions, modified the seat, modified the exhaust, installed a Gonzo Air Kit, re-jetted the carbs, and a few other things.

I have taken the bike on road trips, long and short, and have never been let down. It has a very rough break in period from what I gather from other people and my past experience. However, I wouldn't trade it for anything else. You have to give it the get up and go, it takes a few mods to get it going strong.

What a lot of the owners don't realize upon purchase is that these are high revving bikes, they think it doesn't want to go over 60 - 65 mph on the highway. I have run mine through 60 mph in 3rd gear, the fastest I have ever pushed it was in the high 90's. It screams on the highway at about 6000 rpm, which is normal.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th October, 2010

7th Mar 2013, 09:03

Wondering how you found the fork extension? Did it affect your ride much? Thinking of doing 2" on my Custom, but bit worried because I have lots of bumps on my road.

Safe riding.

2007 Yamaha V-Star Classic 650 from United States of America

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired2 miles
Most recent distance6400 miles
Previous motorcyclehonda 175 cc

Summary:

It's a very satisfactory bike overall

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong - most reliable.

General Comments:

I have been most pleased with my bike.

I haven't owned a motorcycle for 17 years, and that was a dual sport.

It's been a great ride, and looks pretty sexy to boot. Even after riding my son's Honda VTX 1800, (monster bike!) I very much enjoy gettin' on my scoot and going anywhere I want in style and comfort (and that's important to this 54 year old - and I'm 6'4"/210 lbs.

Overall, I wasn't pleased with the dealerships service dept., but found a small shop that has done a fabulous job with all my scheduled service, at about 1/2 the cost, and my sons also get all their motorcycle work done there, as well.

The only negative I see is that I wish there was on more gear in the transmission.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 25th November, 2008

2007 Yamaha V-Star Classic 650 from United States of America

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2008
Distance when acquired2 miles
Previous motorcycleTriumph Bonneville

Summary:

Solid smaller CC bike with great looks and rideability

Faults:

The only problem I have noticed is an insistent high pitched rattle coming from left side of engine at speeds from 55mph and above. This can be very annoying. I just dropped it off for its break-in service and I will see if the noise has been resolved.

General Comments:

The bike is exactly what I was looking for. Great ride and rider comfort. The bike has a very solid feel.

The handling is very good, but be careful with really getting low in the corners, it will drag the running boards. Just remember, it's not a sport bike and you'll be fine.

The power and feel of the engine performance is very reminiscent of the the old British twins I grew up with. Not a power house, but very responsive. I do wish it had one more gear. This would make higher speed highway cruising less hand numbing.

Very important to my reason for purchase was MPG. After break-in mileage, it comes in around 45MPG city and 51MPG highway. Great!!!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th June, 2008

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 8 reviews