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The V-Star 950 offers middleweight performance in a user-friendly, confidence-inspiring package that will appeal to entry level riders right through to seasoned veterans. The V-Star 950 offers an exciting combination of excellent engine performance and character with plenty of power for longer highway adventures.


Model Year
V-Star 950 Silver 3
Silver 3


95.9 in. (2,435 mm)
42.5 in. (1,080 mm)
39.4 in. (1,000 mm)
613 lbs. (278 kg) wet
66.3 in. (1,685 mm)
Seat Height
26.6 in. (675 mm)


SOHC, 8 valves (4 valves / cylinder), 60, V-twin
57 ci
Bore x Stroke
85 x 83 mm
57.9 ft. lbs. (8 kgm) @ 3,500 rpm
Compression Ratio
Fuel System
35 mm dual bore throttle body fuel injection
Fuel Tank Capacity
3.7 imp. gal. (17 l)
MPG Rating
56.2 imp. mpg (19.9 km/l)
TCI (Transistor Controlled Ignition)
Wet sump


Final Drive


Front: 320 mm disc / twin-piston
Rear: 298 mm disc / single-piston
Front: 130/70-18
Rear: 170/70-16


Front: 41 mm fork
Rear: Adjustable link Monocross

Standard Features

 942 cc, air-cooled, SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, fuel injected, 60-degree V-twin power plant pumps out impressive power and torque. Maximum torque is reached at 3,500 rpms, for relaxed cruising performance  
 SOHC, pent-roof, 4-valve cylinder heads  
    4-valve design optimizes breathing efficiency and overall engine performance at all rpms  
    31.5 mm intake and 28 mm exhaust valves use friction reducing single valve springs  
    Stylish chromed cylinder head covers  
    Compact pent-roof combustion chamber design and optimized squish area forces the fuel / air mixture toward the centre of the combustion chamber for more complete combustion and excellent power with reduced emissions  
    25,000 km valve adjustment intervals  
 Specially designed roller rockers activate the valves  
    Y-shaped roller rocker arms allows a greater amount of valve lift without causing excessive camshaft wear and friction  
    Slipper portion of the rocker arm utilizes a needle bearing for reduced camshaft wear and reduced sliding resistance (friction)  
 No fuss, traditional air-cooled engine design  
    Cylinders have a tapered "V" appearance to highlight the V-twin engine style  
    Cooling fins have been optimized for reliable cooling even in stop and go traffic  
 Automatic cam chain tensioners reduce mechanical noise and simplify maintenance  
 Liner-less, ceramic composite-plated cylinder bores  
    Ceramic coating sprayed directly on the aluminum blocks, eliminating the liners and reducing weight  
    Excellent heat dissipation for consistent power delivery  
    Ceramic coating enhances the thin film of oil between the cylinder and piston, reducing friction and increasing power  
    Extended cylinder service life  
 Lightweight aluminum pistons  
    Less reciprocating mass for fast engine response  
    Reduced mechanical vibration for excellent reliability  
 Single pin style crankshaft  
    Design accentuates V-twin engine character, pulse feel and sound  
 Wet sump lubrication system with easy access, spin-on oil filter and drain plug for easy oil changes  
 Classic side-mounted 2.3 litre air box houses an easy access, a high-flow viscous paper-type filter  
 "Closed loop", dual bore, 35 mm throttle body fuel injection system with linear throttle response for easy riding  
    System uses Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) to help optimize intake air flow and power  
    ISC or Idle Speed Controller ensures a steady idle  
    4-hole injectors optimize fuel atomization and feature a dual spray pattern for more complete combustion chamber filling  
    "Closed loop system" uses an oxygen sensor to "sniff" spent exhaust and automatically adjust the fuel / air ratio for reduced emissions  
    Oxygen sensor is located before the mufflers, so the use of aftermarket "slip-on" mufflers will not affect the closed loop system  
    Fuel injection benefits include excellent throttle response, choke-free starting, steady idling during warm up, excellent fuel economy and reduced emissions  
 Smooth-shifting, 5-speed transmission  
    Optimized gear ratios match engine power for strong acceleration  
    5th gear offers reduced engine rpms at highway speeds  
    One-piece classic heel-and-toe shifter enhances overall cruising experience  
    Clutch is an "outer pull" design for light, easy lever effort  
 Belt drive final drive  
    Cleaner and quieter than chain drive... no messy chain splatter  
    Low maintenance... no regular adjustments or lubrication required  
    Belt drive system simplifies customization  
 Maintenance-free Transistor Controlled Ignition (TCI)  
    Produces a strong spark for fast starts  
    Provides precise ignition timing / mapping for optimum engine performance at all rpms  
 2-into-1 exhaust system  
    Large diameter header pipes for maximum flow  
    Dual stage muffler produces a low, throaty V-twin growl  
    Heat shields protect rider and passenger from hot components  
    3-way honeycomb catalyzer reduces harmful exhaust emissions  
 Air Injection System injects fresh air into exhaust ports to fully burn any unburnt fuel, reducing harmful CO and HC exhaust emissions  
Chassis / Suspension
 Tube-type, double-cradle steel frame  
    Provides roomy ergonomics combined with a low 675 mm (26.6 in.) seat height  
    Frame utilizes a rigid engine mounting system optimizing the overall rigidity balance for superior handling  
    Engine mounting position provides a low center of gravity for light, easy handling  
 Steel swingarm compliments the frame and the overall chassis rigidity balance  
 41 mm KYB front fork offers 135 mm (5.3 in.) of wheel travel  
    Excellent ride comfort and compliance  
    Large diameter brushed-finished fork covers  
 Adjustable Monocross style single-shock, link rear suspension with 110 mm (4.3 in.) of wheel travel  
    Linkage system provides a rising rate effect that provides excellent compliance on both small and large bumps  
    9 positions of spring preload adjustability to suit load and / or rider preferences  
 Rear shock is vertically mounted behind the engine  
    Shock is tucked out of sight for that classic, clean, hard tail look  
    Location centralizes mass for light, agile handling  
 Single, large 320 mm floating front disc is squeezed by a twin piston front caliper  
 298 mm rear disc is squeezed by a single piston caliper  
    Caliper is mounted below the swingarm to lower center of gravity for lighter handling and a clean custom look  
 Lightweight 8-spoke, cast aluminum wheels  
    Front wheel size is MT3.50 x 18  
    Rear wheel size is MT4.50 x 18  
    Tubeless tires  
 Steel front and rear fenders allows for easy painting or customization to suit personal preferences  
 17 litre fuel tank  
    Extended riding range  
    3.4 litre reserve capacity (low fuel light illuminates)  
    High capacity electric fuel pump  
 Generous rider and passenger seats  
    Offers excellent long distance comfort and support  
    Rider seat is only 675 mm or 26.6 in. off the ground  
    Passenger seat can be easily removed if desired  
 Full-size, "tapered" floating-type rider floorboards  
    Roomy and comfortably positioned  
    Help reduce vibration  
    Special replaceable "scrapers" on the lower edge of floorboard  
 1 in., rubber-mounted handlebars with bar end weights  
    Reduced vibration for excellent comfort  
    Easy to reach  
 Fuel tank-mounted meter / instrument  
    Functions include speedometer, odometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge, fuel reserve trip meter (counts km since low fuel light activated), clock and range of warning lights  
    Self-diagnostic function  
    Adjustable background illumination  
    Instrument functions can be "tabbed" through and reset using the RHS handlebar switch gear, allowing the operator to change instrument functions without taking hands off the bars  
 60/55W high intensity halogen headlight  
 Industry-leading Star family fit and finish  
 Upper and lower belt drive cover  
 Extra wide front brake and clutch levers  
 Steering lock is integrated into the main ignition switch for extra convenience  
 Under seat helmet holder  
 Self-cancelling turn signals  
 Traditional dipstick to check oil level  
 Low maintenance, sealed battery (battery should be charged during winter storage)  

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