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Yamaha XVS 650 A Drag Star Classic

 

   

 

Make Model

Yamaha XVS 650 A Drag Star Classic

Year

1998

Engine

Air cooled,  four stroke, 75°V-twin cylinder, SOHC

Capacity

649
Bore x Stroke 81 x 63 mm
Compression Ratio 9.0:1

Induction

28mm Mikuni downdraft-type

Ignition  /  Starting

Digital TCI  /  electric

Max Power

40 hp 29.2 kW @ 6500 rpm

Max Torque

50.9 Nm @ 3000 rpm

Transmission  /  Drive

5 Speed  /  shaft

Front Suspension

Telescopic fork with 140mm wheel travel

Rear Suspension

Swingarm Monocross with 86mm wheel travel

Front Brakes

Single 298mm disc 2 piston calipers

Rear Brakes

200mm Drum

Front Tyre

100/90 ZR19

Rear Tyre

170/80 ZR15

Dry-Weight / Wet-Weight

214 kg / 237 kg

Fuel Capacity 

16 Litres

Consumption  average

16.5 km/lit

Braking 60 - 0 / 100 - 0

13.9 m / 40.1 m

Standing ¼ Mile  

15.3 sec  / 136.1 km/h

Top Speed

154.7 km/h
Review XVS 650 Drag Star

Yamaha has always had a strong presence in the middleweight cruiser market, and this 650 Drag Star, introduced in 1997, had to fill the classify chromed shoes of the firm's successful, long-running XV535 Virago.

The Drag Star uses a larger-capacity version of the well-proven Virago engine, but in a 'lowrider'-styled chassis. The imitation hardtail rear monoshock suspension and brushed fork shrouds, together with the tank-mounted speedometer and deep valanced mudguards, give the Drag Star typical cruiser good looks.

Many parts are chrome-plated, including the exhaust, headlight and engine casings, and the wide, spoked rear-wheel looks suitably authentic.

 

The simple air-cooled engine uses a SOHC valve-train and two-valve cylinder heads, with twin Mikuni carburettors. Using a larger bore and stroke than the 535 donor engine, it drives through a wet clutch to a five-speed gearbox, and clean, low-maintenance shaft drive ensures trouble-free final drive.

Performance is brisk enough for a medium-capacity cruiser. The willing engine's 30kW (40bhp) appears in a satisfyingly torquey manner, and the capable chassis perforins well to the limits of its ground clearance. The single front brake disc with a two-piston sliding caliper looks underwhelming, but together with the strong rear drum brake provides excellent stopping ability.

 

The Drag Star is no performance machine, however, and is best kept for light summer cruises, although its economic performance and shaft drive make it a stylish alternative for commuting duties.

The low-slung seat height of just 695mm (27in) is ideal for shorter riders, while wide pullback bars and forward foot controls make for a comfortable riding position.

There is a massive choice of aftermarket accessories for the Drag Star, including chromed parts, cissy bars, screens and luggage.

 

 

 

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