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2012 Star V Star 250 | Preview

2012 Star Motorcycle

For those who want to enter the world of motorcycling aboard a V-Twin cruiser, the choices are slim, especially if you want something in the 250cc class.

But Star has this entry-level motorcycle covered with the V Star 250, the only V-Twin in the 250 cruiser class. And the bike returns for 2012.

The lightweight cruiser sits just 27 inches from the ground, and supplies enough power to get the V Star 250 up to speed.

But just because the 2012 Star V Star 250 is an entry-level cruiser doesn’t mean the company owned by Yamaha skimped on some styling. The V Star 250 features dual exhaust, plenty of chrome for that "big bike" look and 282mm single-front disc brake for some massive stopping power.

The V Star 250 arrives in showrooms as a carry-over model, with the only new addition being more comfortable handlebars.

Rated at 78 mpg and offered for under $4,200, the V Star 250 V-Twin will surely bring the joy of cruising to those who want to begin small.

Following are the highlights, specs, color option and MSRP for the 2012 Star V Star 250.

2012 Star V Star 250 Highlights:


  • Air-cooled, 249cc, 60-degree V-twin engine with a long, 66mm stroke produces plenty of bottom-end torque and smooth roll-on power. The only V-twin engine in its class.
  • Single 26mm Mikuni® downdraft carburetor ensures optimal fuel/air mixing and delivery with superb throttle response.
  • Widely geared five-speed transmission makes the most of V Star 250’s powerband.
  • Easy, dependable electric starting.
  • Beautiful dual chrome exhaust pipes let the engine breathe and put out that classic V-twin rumble.
  • Automatic cam chain tensioner virtually eliminates maintenance and helps extend engine life.


  • 58.7-inch wheelbase creates a long, low package with great handling and maneuverability.
  • 282mm single front disc brake and a rear drum brake provide plenty of stopping power.
  • Plush and low-stepped saddle keeps the center of gravity low and lets almost everybody flatfoot the pavement.
  • Telescopic front fork with 5.5 inches of travel provides a nice, smooth ride.
  • Twin rear shocks feature 3.9 inches of travel and adjustable spring preload for versatility under various loads.

Additional Features:

  • Extensive chrome details accent engine and side covers for incomparable "big bike" fit and finish.
  • Stylishly sculpted teardrop fuel tank features 2.5-gallon capacity for excellent cruising range.
  • Forward-set footpegs enhance rider comfort by creating added legroom.
  • Wide rear fender and front and rear wire-spoked wheels add the perfect classic, retro touch to this stylish package.

2012 Star V Star 250 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: Laced Spokes


  • Length: 86.2 in
  • Width: 28.0 in
  • Height: 41.7 in
  • Seat Height: 27.0 in
  • Wheelbase: 58.7 in
  • Fuel Capacity: 2.4 gal
  • Fuel Economy: 78 mpg
  • Wet Weight: 323 lb


  • Warranty: 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)

2012 Star V Star 250 Color Option/MSRP:

  • Raven/$4,190

Available from November 2011

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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