V Star 950 is the benchmark in the entry cruiser
class, appealing to seasoned riders as well as
those looking for a friendly entry-level cruiser. The
air-cooled V-twin delivers plenty of distinctive,
big-cruiser character and pulsing torque feel. Seat
height is an extra-low 26.6 inches. The full-sized
chassis has a long, low look and provides spacious
comfort. Handling is sporty and responsive, great for
curvy back roads and commuting around town
as well as open-highway cruising.
The 942cc 60° V-twin engine is both simple and
sophisticated. Sure, there’s no-fuss air cooling for
traditional looks. But inside you’ll find the reason
for the surprisingly spirited performance: four-valve
cylinder heads, ceramic-composite-lined cylinders,
forged aluminum pistons, and fuel injection.
The meticulously tuned 2-into-1 exhaust system
has a throaty exhaust note, and also 3-way catalyst
technology to reduce air pollution.
The carefully designed chassis contributes to an
exceptionally light feeling riders are sure to
appreciate. The double-cradle steel main frame
offers an ideal rigidity balance in the longitudinal,
lateral, and torsional directions, using the engine as
a stressed member. With the engine mounting position
slightly forward for optimum front-rear weight
distribution and its large, 18-inch front wheel, V Star
950 has outstanding handling performance.
The V Star 950 achieves fuel economy up to an
estimated 47 mpg* with a fuel tank that holds
4.5 gallons of gas.
Fenders are real steel, front and rear. That adds
to the quality look and feel, and makes
The 58 cubic inch (942cc) engine is an air-cooled SOHC
60° V twin. With four valves per cylinder, a pent-roof shaped combustion chamber, and 9.0:1 compression ratio, this engine has been carefully designed to produce excellent power characteristics, and best-in-class acceleration.
To keep friction loss to a minimum and help the engine
achieve the ideal performance characteristics, special compact
roller-type rocker arms with needle bearings are used. These
also reduce top-end weight for excellent mass centralization.
The combustion chamber shape was precisely engineered to
direct the fuel air charge into the center of the piston for
faster combustion and maximum power. Ceramic-composite-plated
cylinders provide excellent heat dissipation and reduced
High-quality forged aluminum pistons have a lightweight, high-strength compact design that contributes to reduce vibration.
Sophisticated fuel injection is used on the V Star 950.
The injectors are four-hole, two-directional types with spray
aimed at the valve surfaces. That produces good fuel atomization
for faster and more complete combustion which contributes to
excellent drivability. The fuel injection system also adopts an
ISC (Idling Speed Control) valve for outstanding idling stability.
Lubrication is provided by a simple, reliable wet sump system.
The 5-speed transmission has a smooth shifting feeling, and gear
ratios spaced to let the rider take full advantage of the engine’s
torque characteristics and enjoy comfortable cruising at highway
speeds. Naturally, power is efficiently transferred to the rear
wheel using a simple, quiet belt drive.
The engine’s look is highly detailed, with polished cylinder fins
and beautifully chrome-plated cylinder head covers, for an
exceptional appearance sure to be noticed.
The steel double-cradle frame is long and low, contributing
to the bike’s spacious 95.9-inch (2435mm) overall length and
66.3-inch wheelbase. That means a great ride to go along with
the great looks.
The seat height is a mere 26.6 inches off the pavement, one of the
lowest around, and a fuel tank that’s made as narrow as possible
where it meets the seat, it is easy for most riders to put both feet
firmly on the ground.
Fenders are real steel, front and rear. That adds to the quality
look and feel, and makes customization easier.
The big 18-inch front wheel helps deliver this cruiser
motorcycle’s sporty handling characteristics and “Sport Classic”
cruiser looks. The low-profile 130/70-18 tire is mounted on an
8-spoke lightweight aluminum wheel. The 170/70-16 bias ply
rear tire adds a beefy look and helps transfer all that torque and
power to the pavement.
Large 320mm front and 298mm rear discs provide strong braking
capacity with excellent feel.
Front forks feature big 41mm tubes, and rear suspension is a
bottom-link-type monocross shock. Settings are calibrated to
deliver a plush ride that is increasingly firm as the suspension is
compressed for good handling and comfort over bigger bumps in
The V Star 950 has a wonderfully light feel. Surprisingly, even
though it has a full-size chassis, the bike weighs just 613 pounds
wet, with a full tank of gas and all fluids.
The large-diameter meter is mounted on the fuel tank for a
traditional look. Meter functions include speedometer, fuel
level warning light, oil level warning light, and odometer with
two trip meter functions, fuel trip meter, and clock display.
The LCD display illumination can be adjusted using a right side