Yamaha XVS650 Drag Star: history, specs, pictures

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Yamaha Drag Star
Also called XVS650 Drag Star Classic
Production 1997 - 2007
Class Cruiser
Four stroke, 75°V-twin cylinder, SOHC, 2 valve per cylinder
Bore / Stroke 81.0mm x 63.0mm
Compression ratio 9.0:1
Top Speed 90 mph (145 km/h)
Horsepower 38.62 HP (28.8 KW) @ 6500RPM
Torque 36.95 ft/lbs (50.1 Nm) @ 5100RPM
Fuel System carburetor
Ignition Digital TCI
Transmission Gear box: 5-speed
Clutch: wet, multiple disc
Final Drive Final Drive: shaft drive (cardan)
Suspension Front: Telescopic fork
Rear: Swingarm Monocross
Brakes Front: Single 298mm disc 2 piston calipers
Rear: 200mm drum
Front Tire 130/90-18
Rear Tire 170/80-15
Wheelbase 63.98 inches (1625 mm)
Length 96.46 inches (2450 mm)
Width 36.61 inches (930 mm)
Height 43.5 inches (1105 mm)
Seat Height 27.95 inches (710 mm)
Weight 504.86 pounds (229.0 Kg) (dry), 230.0 kg (wet)
Recommended Oil Yamalube 10w-40
Fuel Capacity 16 Liters / 4.2 US gal
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The Yamaha XVS650A DragStar Classic was a v2, four-stroke Sidecar motorcycle produced by Yamaha between 1997 and 2007. It could reach a top speed of 90 mph (145 km/h). Max torque was 36.95 ft/lbs (50.1 Nm) @ 5100 RPM. Claimed horsepower was 38.62 HP (28.8 KW) @ 6500 RPM.


The engine was a Air cooled cooled Four stroke, 75°V-twin cylinder, SOHC, 2 valve per cylinder. The engine featured a 9.0:1 compression ratio.


Power was moderated via the Wet, multiple disc.


It came with a 130/90-18 front tire and a 170/80-15 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via Single 298mm disc 2 piston calipers in the front and a 200mm drum in the rear. The front suspension was a Telescopic fork while the rear was equipped with a Swingarm Monocross. The XVS650 Drag Star was fitted with a 16 Liters / 4.2 US gal fuel tank. The bike weighed just 229 kg / 504 lbs. The wheelbase was 1625 mm / 64 in long.


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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 535 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 carburetors. 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 performs 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.


Make Model Yamaha XVS 650 Drag Star
Year 1997 - 99
Engine Type Four stroke, 75°V-twin cylinder, SOHC, 2 valve per cylinder
Displacement 649 cc / 39.6 cu-in
Bore X Stroke 81 x 63 mm
Cooling System Air cooled
Compression 9.0:1
Lubrication Wet sump
Induction 28mm Mikuni downdraft-type carburetor
Ignition Digital TCI
Starting Electric
Max Power 40 hp / 29.2 kW @ 6500 rpm
Max Torque 50.9 Nm / 37 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm
Clutch Wet, multiple disc
Transmission 5 Speed
Final Drive Shaft
Front Suspension Telescopic fork
Front Wheel Travel 140 mm / 5.5 in
Rear Suspension Swingarm Monocross
Rear Wheel Travel 86 mm / 3.4 in
Front Brakes Single 298mm disc 2 piston calipers
Rear Brakes 200mm drum
Front Tire 130/90-18
Rear Tire 170/80-15
Dimensions Height 1105 mm / 43.5 in Length 2450 mm / 96.5 in width 930 mm / 36.6 in
Wheelbase 1625 mm / 64 in
Seat Height 695 mm / 26.0 in
Ground Clearance 145 mm / 5.7 in
Dry Weight 229 kg / 504 lbs
Fuel Capacity 16 Liters / 4.2 US gal

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