2012 Yamaha V Star 950

Motorcyclist Online helps you research the used 2012 Yamaha V Star 950 before buying this Cruiser bike. The 2012 VStar 950 is made in Japan. Yamaha first introduced the VStar 950 model in 2009. With front Hydraulic Disc brakes that will securely ...     read more
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2012 Yamaha VStar 950

2012 Yamaha V Star 950 Base

Key Competitors For The 2012 Yamaha V Star 950
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  • Hard-shell saddlebags are covered in leather, are lockable, and have a tapered design to compliment the streamlined design of the bike.
  • Passengers enjoy additional peace of mind while riding from the passenger backrest.
  • A medium height windshield blends with the styling of the rest of the bike through the use of chrome accents.
  • Separate rider and passenger seats provide comfort and support for those long rides. Passenger seat can be removed when not in use.
  • One year limited factory warranty.

2012 Yamaha V Star 950 Specs

  • Model: 2012 Yamaha V Star 950
  • Engine Type: 57.5-cubic-inch (942cc) air-cooled four-stroke, V-twin, four-cylinder
  • Bore and Stroke: 85.0 x 83.0mm
  • Compression ratio: 9.0:1
  • Valve Train: SOHC, variable
  • Induction: Fuel Injection
  • Ignition: Transistor Controlled Ignition
  • Transmission: five-speed, multi-plate wet clutch
  • Final Drive: Belt
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.4 gal
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 47 mpg
  • Brakes (Front): Hydraulic disc, 320mm
  • Brakes (Rear): Hydraulic disc, 298mm
  • Suspension (Front): Telescopic fork, 5.3-inch travel
  • Suspension (Rear): Single shock, 4.3-inch travel
  • Wheelbase: 66.3 inches
  • Rake: 32.0 degrees
  • Trail: 5.7 inches
  • Seat Height: 26.6 inches
  • Curb Weight: 657 lbs.
  • Tires (Front): 130/70-18M/C 63H
  • Tires (Rear): 170/70-16 M/C 75H

New For 2012

  • All new five-speed transmission with gear ratios that have been optimized to provide exceptional performance both around town and on the highway. Power is transferred from the engine to the rear wheel through the use of a simple, and quiet, belt drive.


The 2012 Yamaha V Star 950 is a midsize cruiser that is fun to ride, as well as easy to operate. With a seat height of just 26.6 inches, it is one of the lowest around. Coupled with a fuel tank that has been made as narrow as it can be when it meets the seat, almost any rider should be able to firmly place their feet on the ground while seated on the cruiser. The body design concept is based on a single line running along the surface of the bike to give the 2012 Yamaha V Star 950 a look that is lower, lighter, and leaner than conventional cruisers.

As well as being a great looking bike, this entry-level cruiser also has excellent performance and handling. The 2012 Yamaha V Star 950 is powered by a 942cc four-cylinder engine that is packed with Star technology. It is an air-cooled, 60 degree, V-twin four-cylinder engine that has ceramic-composite lined cylinders, forged aluminum pistons, and fuel injection. The engine provides 52 horsepower at 6000 rpm, and 56 lb-ft of torque at 3000 rpm.

The Yamaha V Star 950 sports one of the longest wheelbases in its class due to its double-downtube steel frame. The full-size chassis has been carefully designed to provide plenty of room for a comfortable ride, while also having a light feeling that riders will value. By using a double-cradle steel frame, the Yamaha V Star 950 has the engine as the stressed member, while providing the ideal rigidity balance in all directions. The engine is mounted slightly forward to a front-rear weight distribution is maintained. The use of an 18-inch front wheel adds to the outstanding performance of the Yamaha V Star 950.

Whether you are looking for something to cruise on, or something with a bit more of a sportier performance, but still a tourer, you can get both from the 2012 Yamaha V Star 950. Plenty of thought went into the details of the design, as well as the technology included, to provide the best of both worlds. The combination of a great handling bike that looks good and has superior performance is why it has been winning awards since its introduction in 2009.

The 2012 Yamaha V Star 950 is available in a base model, as well as a tourer model. By choosing the tourer model, leather-wrapped hard-case saddlebags, a windshield, and passenger backrest are included. There are plenty of accessories available for both models, and the fact that the front and rear fenders are made from steel means that further customization of the 2012 Yamaha V Star 950 is even easier.

Available V Star 950 Sub Models

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