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2011 V Star 250 by Yamaha | Preview

2011 V Star 250

Light-weight and with a seat of just 27 inches from the pavement, the 2011 Star Motorcycles V Star 250 by Yamaha is a nice trainer as well as an obvious choice for beginning motorcycle riders who appreciate fun that comes in small packages.

The V Star 250 is the only V-twin in its class with an air-cooled, 249cc, 60-degree V2 engine with a long, 66mm stroke that produces soft roll-on power.

An electric starter begins the flow of a single 26mm Mikuni downdraft carburetor that provides an optimal fuel air mixing delivering a claimed 78 mpg, stretching the little 2.5-gallon tank to nearly 200 miles between fill-ups.

Star by Yamaha uses a widely geared five-speed transmission to squeeze the most out of the V Star 250 powerband. A nice looking dual chrome exhaust pipes let the engine breathe and

put out that classic V-twin motorcycle rumble.

The V Star 58.7-inch wheelbase creates a long, low package to aid easy handling and maneuverability. A 282mm single front disc brake and a rear drum brake provides the stopping power.

The suspension is comprised of a telescopic front fork with 5.5 inches of travel with twin rear shocks that feature 3.9 inches of travel and adjustable spring preload for versatility under various loads.

The 2011 Star V Star 250 by Yamaha uses chrome details accent engine and side covers for that “big” motorcycle fit and finish.

Other Star details include chrome pullback handlebars, forward-set footpegs, wide rear fender and front and rear wire-spoked wheels that add a retro touch to this stylish novice motorcycle rider package.

2011 V Star 250 by Yamaha | Motorcycle Specs


  • Type 15-cubic-inch (249cc) air-cooled, SOHC 60-degree V-twin, 2 valves/cylinder
  • Bore x Stroke 49 x 66mm
  • Compression Ratio 10.0:1
  • Fuel Delivery Mikuni® 26mm
  • Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
  • Transmission 5-speed; multiplate wet clutch
  • Final Drive Chain


  • Frame Steel tube
  • Suspension / Front 33mm fork; 5.5-in travel
  • Suspension / Rear Dual shocks; adjustable preload, 3.9-in travel
  • Brakes / Front Hydraulic disc, 282mm
  • Brakes / Rear 130mm drum
  • Tires / Front 3.00-18
  • Tires / Rear 130/90-15
  • Wheels Spoke


  • Length 86.2 in
  • Width 32.1 in
  • Height 44.9 in
  • Seat Height 27.0 in
  • Wheelbase 58.7 in
  • Fuel Capacity 2.5 gal
  • Fuel Economy 78 mpg
  • Wet Weight 324 lb


  • Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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