My wife had an ’09 V-Star 950 for about two years. She got rid of it because it turned about as quickly as a battleship, and the handling was just…weird. But over the weekend we were talking about how much we’d liked the motor — smooth, silky clutch, spot-on EFI mapping, not a ton of power but very fun. She said she wished Yamaha put that motor in a frame more like her current W650. Well, thanks to a rare slow day at work, I decided to see what a standard-style “XStar 950” might look like.
I took side-view photos of a V-Star 950 and a late ’70s Yamaha XS11 and mashed them up over lunch. I ran out of time, however, so don’t look too closely. There are a few little of problems with the details…such the fact that the rider has nowhere to put his feet!
But regardless of the retouching deficiencies, you can get an idea of the concept. What do you think of it? Would something like this be more appealing to you than Yamaha’s current long-and-low cruiser version?