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.
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.
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:
- 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
- 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
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