Secondary menu

Search form

Powered by MotoTribe.com

2006 Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic XVS650A(C) Review: Perfect for short riders!

Motorcycle: 
Year: 
2006
Color: 
Custom (Blue & White)
Review Summary: 

100% happy with my choice to buy a Yamaha V Star 650 Classic. The bike has everything I want in terms of looks and function. I'm very short (4'11") and this would have to be one of the best bikes on the market in this CC range for a shorter person, yet it has "Big bike" looks and add some pipes and air filter and it can hang with the big toys. I have customised the bike to suit my individual taste, but even stock this bike is great.

Best Features: 
Low centre of gravity. Low seat height. Classic cruiser looks. Easy to modify and lots of aftermarket parts available. Affordable.
Improvements: 
(1) Clutch friction point, it's quite far out and most people I know (usually with small hand like me) have installed a clutch adjustment kit to the bike, approx $15 from Ebay. (2) In my own experience (and reports from other riders of the same bike), the front wheel likes to roll in on itself and can make it hard to hold up if you get it at the wrong angle. (3) Don't particularly love the taillight brake/indicator setup with moustache, it's a bit of an afterthought. (4) Yamaha Star parts are very pricey, so shop around and check out aftermarket accessories before you make your choice!
My Overall Rating: 
5
Power : 
4
Looks: 
4
Handling: 
4
Comfort: 
4
Quality: 
5
Price/Value: 
5
Buy Again?:
Yes
Your Height: 
very short
Years Ridden (This Motorcycle): 
7
Miles Ridden (This Motorcycle): 
36,000
Owned: 
currently own
Riding Style: 
around town, commute, short trips, long trips
Customized: 
customized
Customizations: 

Where do I begin...
Custom paint
Clutch adjustment kit
12" Biltwell apes
Braided cables
Ironbraid levers
4" Aeromach risers
Vintage teardrop taillight
Headwinds Concours Rocket indicators
Yamaha Star passing lamps
MC Enterprises full size engine guard
Bub Enterprises Big Willy pipes
K&N Air Filter
Easy Brackets
Willy & Max Revolution saddlebags
Yamaha Star billet speedometer cable guide
Kuryakn chrome choke knob cover
Baron master cyclinder cover
etc!