Friday, October 14, 2011

V Star Classic

Star motorcycles also present the 2009 V Star Classic, an air-cooled, 649cc, 70-degree V-Twin, SOHC, two valves per cylinder powered cruiser and a decent competitor for Honda’s Shadow Aero middleweight model. The Star motor is fitted with two 28mm Mikuni CV carburetors, mates to a five-speed gearbox and transmits the power to that rear wheel through a shaft final drive. Slightly weaker that what you would find on the Honda Shadow, at least the engine has to move a little less mass (544 lbs compared to Honda’s 553), but that won’t make the difference if the Star rider had a little too much bacon at breakfast.

Type 40-cubic-inch (649cc) air-cooled 70° V-twin; SOHC, 2 valves/cylinder

Bore x Stroke 81mm x 63mm

Compression Ratio 9.0:1

Fuel Delivery (2) 28mm Mikuni® CV carburetors

Ignition TCI

Transmission 5-speed; multiplate wet clutch

Final Drive Shaft

Suspension/Front Telescopic fork; 5.5-in travel

Suspension/Rear Single shock; adjustable preload, 3.9-in travel

Brakes/Front Hydraulic disc, 298mm

Brakes/Rear 200mm drum

Tires/Front 130/90-16

Tires/Rear 170/80-15

Wheels Laced Chrome Spoke

Length 96.5"

Width 36.6 in.

Height 43.5 in

Seat Height 27.9 in

Wheelbase 64 in

Ground Clearance 5.7 in

Fuel Capacity 4.2 gal

Fuel Economy** 49 mpg

Wet Weight 544 lb / C: 548 lb

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