Yamaha 650 V-star

Yamaha slashes $2000 from V-Star 650 cruiser

Yamaha Motor Australia has slashed $2000 from the price of its learner-approved V-Star 650 cruiser to compete with other learner cruisers in the market.

The XVS650A Classic was $11,299 and is now $9299 while the XVS650 Custom was $10,799 and is now $8799. (All prices in this article are retail and do not include on-road costs.)

By comparison, the Kawasaki Vulcan S costs $10,099, Suzuki Boulevard S40 is $7990 and the Hyosung GV650D Aquila Classic and Sport are $7950.

Honda Motorcycles Australia no longer offers its VT750 or VT400 cruisers. In fact, the only cruisers they offer here are the CMX500, VTR1300CX and 1800cc Valkyrie. It’s just another in a long line of questionable decisions by the Australian subsidiary of the world’s biggest motorcycle company.

By comparison, Yamaha offers a massive range of nine cruisers from the XV250 to the XV1900.

Popular V-Star

The Japanese-made V-Star 650 is a popular motorcycle with its quiet and no-maintenance shaft drive, comfortable ride and classic looks.

It follows on from the popular Virago models from 1981 to 2007. They were Yamaha’s first V-twin cruisers.

Like all Yamaha cruisers these V-Star 650 cruisers comes with an industry-leading five-year warranty. It’s a shame more motorcycles are not available with such long warranties which are common in the car market.

The Yamaha press releases says the V-Star 650s are “built to last and much like another classic of the automotive world, are available in any colour. As long as it’s black”.

The XVS650A has a bigger front fender, more chrome, fatter pillion seat and wider beach bars than the blacked-out XVS650.

Yamaha 650 V-star
XVS650 and XVS650A
  1. This change is for one reason; to compete with one bike: the Harley-Davidson Street 500, which is a best-seller at $9995 ride away. Why is this bike not even mentioned as existing? Because Yamaha’s press release doesn’t want to remind you that it exists. Yamaha aren’t scared of Kawasaki, Suzuki, or Hyosung…

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