2018 Yamaha V Star 250

Companies can spend big bucks developing a proper retro bike. The 2018 Yamaha V Star 250 earns its retro badge the honest way—it is barely changed since its debut nearly 30 years ago.

Sure, the name has changed—it has been a Yamaha Route 66, Yamaha Virago 250, and Star V Star 250—but the same basic motorcycle continues.

2018 Yamaha V Star 250 Buyer's Guide As it turns out, that’s not a problem, as it is still a fun motorcycle to ride for a variety of reasons. The long-stroke V-twin puts out good torque for its size, and the 326-pound wet weight helps make the most of the power.

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The seat height is just 326 pounds, while Luddites will love the 26mm Mikuni carburetor, air-cooled motor with two-valve heads, and rear drum brake.

There’s a nice amount of chrome, and the V Star 250 still has wire-spoked wheels—they aren’t an affectation. Needless to say, the price is also refreshingly retro and thrifty riders will celebrate the claimed 78 mpg fuel consumption.

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2018 Star V Star 250 Specs:

ENGINE

  • Type: 60-degree V-twin
  • Displacement: 249cc
  • Bore x stroke: 49 x 66mm
  • Compression ratio: 10.0:1
  • Valve train: SOHC, 2 vpc
  • Fueling: Mikuni 26mm carburetor
  • Cooling: Air
  • Transmission: 5-speed
  • Final drive: Chain

CHASSIS

  • Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable 33mm fork; 5.5 inches
  • Rear suspension; travel: Spring-preload adjustable shocks; 3.9 inches
  • Front tire: 3.00-18
  • Rear tire: 130/90-15
  • Front brake: 282mm disc
  • Rear brake: 130mm drum

DIMENSIONS and CAPACITIES

  • Wheelbase: 58.7 inches
  • Rake: 32 degrees
  • Trail: 4.7 inches
  • Seat height: 27.0 inches
  • Fuel capacity: 2.5 gallons
  • EPA estimated fuel economy: 78 mpg
  • Wet weight: 326 pounds

2018 Star V Star 250 Color:

  • Raven

2018 Star V Star 250 Price (MSRP):

  • $4349

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