Buyers Guide Star 2018 Yamaha V Star 250 Buyer's Guide | Specs & Price

2018 Yamaha V Star 250 Buyer’s Guide | Specs & Price

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.

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 Yamaha 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


  • 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 Yamaha V Star 250 Color:

  • Raven

2018 Yamaha V Star 250 Price (MSRP):

  • $4349

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Don Williams
Don Williams
With 45 years of riding experience, Don Williams is a fan of all kinds of motorcycles. He enjoys sport bikes, cruisers, dirt bikes, touring bikes, adventure bikes, dual sport bikes, and rideable customs. Ask Don what his favorite bike is and he will tell you, "Whatever bike I'm on."

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