Yamaha first introduced its V Star 650, also known as the XVS650, in the United States in 1998 as a replacement for its middleweight cruiser, the Virago 535. In 2001, this motorcycle was available in two options: Classic and Custom. Though the two models were mechanically very similar, different exterior features--like the Classic's fatter look in either black, red or burgundy and the Custom's petite and sporty look in either black, blue or silver--made them look like different bikes.
The V Star 650 Custom featured a 649 cc, or 40-cubic-inch, air-cooled, V-twin engine with single overhead camshafts. It had a bore of 3.19 inches, a stroke of 2.48 inches and a compression ratio of 8.3-to-1.
Brakes, Tires and Suspension
The 2001 V Star 650 Custom had dual 11.73-inch disc brakes in the front and 7.87-inch drum brakes in the rear. Its front tires were 110/90-19 and its rear tires were 170/80-15. It had a telescopic fork front suspension with 5.5 inches of travel and a preload-adjustable, link-type rear suspension with a single shock and 3.9 inches of travel.
This bike had a wheelbase of 64 inches and was 92.1 inches long, 34.6 inches wide and 42.1 inches high. Its seat height was 25.6 inches and its dry weight was 460 lbs. It had a minimum ground clearance of 5.5 inches.
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