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

Summary:

Best buy in its class

Faults:

Absolutely nothing has gone wrong with this bike. Took it in for the recommended 600 mile service.

General Comments:

I really enjoy riding this bike. I use it for commuting to work five days a week, and pleasure riding on my days off.

I would buy this bike again, except I would choose the Silverado version. I ended up adding everything that comes stock on the Silverado, and spending more in the long run.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th May, 2008

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

Summary:

Beautiful bike that gets looks and comments from many

Faults:

None, the bike has been flawless!

General Comments:

This is my sixth street bike, first cruiser style. The feel is different, more laid back and for passengers is a great bike. I added the passenger floor boards and the sissy bar for wife and 9 year-old son to have more comfort when they come along for a cruise.

Color and styling - I get lots of people walking up to me and saying that the bike is very pretty and shiny. The candy apple red with all the chrome makes the bike stand out. Since this is a V-Twin you get the normal rumble and slight vibration that smooths out (certain rpm's you get resonance with any engine, but more noticeable on v-twin's).

Size - Almost everyone that sees the bike does not believe it is only a 650cc. Like others many think that it is 1100+cc.

The larger look and 4.2 gallon tank helps add to the weight and lower center of gravity, so the bike handles very well. I am 180# and wife is 115#, and when riding two-up the bike seems fine even at 70 mph, though like others say the bike is slower passing once you get over 60 mph.

Air cooled - Since the bike is air cooled rather than liquid, the bike is a little cold blooded in the lower temps. I notice that the bike takes longer to "act" like it is warmed up, even if the engine is hot on cool mornings. When riding below 45 deg at stop lights, a "pop" of the throttle before taking off allows for a smoother take off until the bike is fully warm (not just the cylinders/exhaust).

Wanted Items - Since I rode other cycles than cruiser style, I am not use to the lack of tachometer, I really wish they would have had a small tach and fuel gauge along with the Speedo on the tank. Another item I miss is a clock, I added a clock between the handle-bar mounts. Maybe Yamaha will make a better instrument cluster in future models.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th May, 2008

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

Summary:

Best mid size cruiser for the money

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong to date.

General Comments:

This motorcycle looks much bigger than a 650. Most people guess it's an 1100 or a 1300. I have not ridden on a regular basis in almost 20 years, but I feel right at home on this bike. Feel like it's the best bang for the buck after doing a lot of looking.

I did replace the front and rear saddle with Mustang Touring Saddles, and added a wind screen. Wind screen made riding 70 mph effortless.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th April, 2008

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

Summary:

A bit of personality, but a blast to ride

Faults:

Gotten stuck in neutral at lights a few times.

On long rides (2-4 hours) the exhaust gradually gets louder and louder, and vibrations across all speeds really increase.

General Comments:

For #1 above, I'm not sure what causes this, it's only happened rarely 3 or 4 times. When coming up to a red light and downshifting, it goes into neutral instead of first and there's nothing I can do to get it into first. I've tried going back up to second and stepping down hard, going into second and creeping up a few feet in gear to move the gears a bit and try again (this works when my truck won't go into reverse), nothing. This doesn't happen very often, but it's extremely annoying when it does, especially the first times when you aren't expecting it and you try to take off and just the engine revs with cars behind you honking. I have my 4000 mile checkup coming soon, and I will have them check it out if it happens again.

With #2 above, the first time this happened after a long ride, it did not go away over night and the bike would still vibrate and idle rough the next morning (sounded mean like a Harley, but I didn't like all the vibrations), so bad that the mirrors were useless just at a stand still. Took it back to the dealer and the service guy said it was a V Twin thing and they all did that, umm no, because it ran smooth as glass the first 800 miles.

I looked around online and found a forum that said to resync the carbs when it gets like that; I used some clear aquarium hose, a broom stick and some 2 cycle oil I had lying around to make that tool and did a resync; now it runs perfectly again. Occasionally during a long weekend ride it will start to get loud like that again, but not near as bad and it always goes away over night, not enough to bother me anymore and I actually like the exhaust note more when it does it.

Other than those two minor quirks I've come across, I love this bike, and knowing what I know now, I'd still buy it again in a heartbeat. I wanted something I could use for commuting that I could also take out on weekend cruises with friends and on long trips to rallys. Something small enough and manoeuvrable for traffic, but big enough for the interstate and keeping up with much bigger bikes, and comfortable enough for long rides. So far the 650 V Star fits the bill perfectly, with the exception of the seat, which starts to get uncomfortable after an hour and a half or so, I'm definitely upgrading to Mustang seats when I get the money.

The candy red paint and styling is just beautiful; I get compliments on it regularly, including many Harley guys at the Aspencade rally I went to a few weeks ago, where it seemed like it was many thousand Harleys and my one V Star heh. So far nobody has come close to guessing the engine size, everyone says 1100+ The smaller size is definitely noticeable at highway speeds where it starts to lose power though. It has plenty of power from 0 - 70; any faster than that and it takes a few extra seconds to pass a car, and if you're ridding 2 up at that speed wait, for a long passing stretch. If you're going to be touring 2 up a lot I'd definitely recommend going up to the 1100; I'm only 160lb and the girlfriend is 95, so it's not that bad for us.

This thing is a blast to ride and I can't wait to get on it in the mornings; my boss has noticed that since I got the bike I've been getting into work 30 minutes earlier, although I do take off earlier whenever possible to get in more riding time later heh. I've put on 3000 miles in 5 weeks so far, and not even left the state or gone longer than 250 miles at a time. I don't understand how there can be as many 5+ year V Stars on eBay with less than mine. It's so much fun to ride I'd never get off if I could.

For the money you can't get any better than this bike, and it does have a few quirks that you quickly get used to like the clutch, a bit under powered at speed and other things mentioned above that you have to take into account when riding it, but just enough to give it a bit of personality, and not an ongoing headache like I've seen many of my biker friends go through, always having to fix one thing or another. If you're looking for a lightweight cruiser that's also light on the pocketbook, this is it.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th September, 2007

3rd May 2009, 16:36

I agree with most everything you posted. I have a problem with it going into neutral too. Not all the time, but at least 4-5 times since I bought mine. I think it needs a sixth gear, but the dealer tells me that was how it was designed.

12th Jun 2009, 20:33

I'm finding the same thing is happening too with my 2006 650 VStar.

I've had to boot her down hard to drop it into first and yes, sometimes neutral plays hard to get! The rough riding is annoying and it seems to happen when it's warm.

I agree that it needs a 6th gear... I keep trying to find it, but alas, it's not there!!

17th Jul 2009, 17:33

I have 11k miles on my V-Star. The clutch is touchy and engages at the very front of the lever. Once your used to it, it's fine. The bike is adequately powered for in town and 70-75 is the limit for the highway. Other forums have commented that the bike was not designed for long highway riding. My longest non-stop ride has been 120 miles and it did fine. And yes the seat is a little uncomfortable by then. Great first bike, not enough power to overcome a new rider. I also had the problems falling into neutral from first to second, but never the other way. I suspect it was me getting used to the heel shifter and not a problem with the bike. I love this bike and have never regretted my purchase.

13th Sep 2009, 07:45

I have the 650 also. So far in one year I have put 6400 miles on her.

You are right about the seat, and I wish I would get a better one. So far my longest trip on it was from Hanson, KY to Norfolk, VA on Friday and then Sunday to Beverly, NJ. I was pretty sore. I think it was around 1200 miles. Labor day weekend I went from NJ to Buffalo with my girl on the back. Everyone thought we were crazy, but it ended costing roughly 35 bucks and I have to say that's a lot better than my F150.

The neutral crap happens, and the worst is on a hill. If you rock backwards it helps. My problem is I'll get on it and hit 3rd, and it will all of a sudden rev like in neutral and then catch!?!? No clue what that is.