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james
jamesasked

2003 v star classic 650. Replaced the clutch. It will not engage. Actually it will at maybe 1 mph. I have adjusted both ends of the cables in every which configuration. They are totally maxed out and this is the only position I get even a hint of clutch. Couple questions 1) I put the plates sharp edge out, soaked them in oil overnight. I did notice though one plate was slightly thicker and I used this one as my first plate. Make sense yes or no? 2) the center bolt, the one with the phillips end and the bolt around it. What is the proper setting for this? All the way screwed in or in the middle? 3) the clutch springs, is possible that I could have been slightly off on inch pounds from bolt to bolt ? I am totally mystified? I took everything apart methodically and pretty much 100% sure I put it back together correctly and am trying to make sense of where the problem lies in all this. I would be very much appreciative for some help! Thanks!

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Bobby
Bobby

I unfortunately didn't have the (2007) V-STAR for very long, it was way underpowered for my liking and so got rid of it.
I don't know that much about the "MECHANICS" of the bike.
I ride a (2009) Harley Davidson Road Glide right now, sorry wish I could help!!

krum
krum

I Have this exact same problem, but i only changed the cable and nothing else.
Did you find out what caused it?

Beadie
Beadieasked

HI..am looking for a good second hand 650 Custom or Cruiser...from what I have seen, there are many bikes out there with what I would expect are low klms. Having never owned a bike before, I am trying to understand what would/should be the average k's a year for basic city/work/home type of running with the weekend cruise thrown in. Don't want to get one that has done too many ks but not sure what I should be expecting? Live in Wollongong (south of Sydney, NSW) and travel about 11 ks to work each day(22 a day). Any thoughts and feedback would be greatly appreciated! :)

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Ryan
Ryan

Hi. I would say 8-10K kms per year would be about right.

Beadie
Beadie

Thanks Ryan...on average, most of the ones I have seen have done between 1500-2500 ks a year, with some less! Appreciate your feedback. Cheers...

ron
ron

Hi Beadie
Ron from USA I have read that the average rider rides 2000-4000 miles a year. Many people in the USA buy cruisers that are to powerful and physically to big and these bikes sit in their garages collecting dust. I know many people who have done this. I ride a v-star 650 custom and average over 10,000 miles a year in a 6 month riding season (upstate New York). The 650 is a very good all around bike that works well. Remember it was 1998 bike of the year. Not very modern but simple. The bike is powerful enough for me 5 foot 5, 180 lbs. Most of my riding friends ride big Harley's. I usually have no problem keeping up with them. However, most of the time their bikes are being repared. The only limit on the bike is riding two up and limited luggage space. It's a good bike for city, country roads and the highway. Bought mine new in July of 2012 now has 45,850 miles. The best thing about the v-star 650 is that it will not brake the bank. The bottom line is that the v-star 650 is a little work horse that gets the job done. If you don't believe me just perform some research. Have a great day and go Buffalo Bills.

Dandan25
Dandan25asked

Ive got a 2008 vstar 650
How many ks will i get out of a full tank?
Thanks in advance

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Al.
Al.

I'm averaging 260kms including reserve, I am running with a full windscreen though, 2016 model purchased in November 3500+kms on the clock

Ryan
Ryan

Yes, about 280 kms before reserve, which is 13 ltrs.

Ryan
Ryan

280-300kms is about right

Bear
Bearasked

I have an XV650 cruiser and have recently had new tires put on. Since then I have experienced vibrations when not accelerating. Do you think it may be the cones on the axles have been over tightened or is it a possible other issue?

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Roley
Roley

Hi back bear;
A vibration when not accelerating does seem odd. It sounds more like a wheel balance issue as whoever changed the tires may not have done a good balance job on the rims once the new tires were installed. You can try two things though. Firstly go for a ride again and do what you would do to feel the vibration happen once again and as soon as you do feel the vibrations. Pull in the clutch and let the bike free spin. If the vibration is still present with the clutch in the problem is in the wheels and tires. However if the vibration stops when rolling along with the clutch in then it’s in the motor and box somewhere. And the other thing I would do is lift the bike up so you can hand spin both wheels one at a time is fine. Both wheels should spin freely with just one finger pushing against one of the spokes. If they don’t then that would mean over tightened wheel bearings or your brakes are dragging. Both could cause vibrations. But keep in mind it’s not too uncommon for people to change tires on bikes and not re-balance the wheels after the new tires have been put onto the rims. And this is because some think that bike wheels just don’t need balancing .And that’s just stupid. Or they don’t have the equipment to balance rims and bike tires. And that’s a crappy work shop. All new tires are out of balance and or are out of round as this is because of the manufacturing process but that’s another story on its own. However knowing this that’s why one must re-balance the wheels with new tires when installed onto any rim.
I hope this helps you and please let me know the outcome.

Bear
Bear

Thanks for your feedback Roley. I suspect it is the fact that the new tires are inflated to a higher pressure than the previous one. I had the whole bike checked by my mechanic and they found no problems.I discussed the problem with my mechanic and he says if it continues or getting worse to come back and see him. I have lifted up the front and back of the bike and spun the wheels with no vibrations. I also tried riding it with the clutch in and it is as smooth as silk. The vibration is not a major one but something that has started since getting the new tires.

Roley
Roley

Hi back Bear;
High Pressure could be the culprit. How simple! Just as long as it’s not your bike that’s the main thing.
The XVS 650 Yamaha are a very solid bike from top to bottom and the engine is a very reliable power plant and given how many of these bikes are on the global market ,major problems with them are extremely low. The type of things that will need replacing after high K’s are may be a clutch and some components that bolt onto or support the engine. And If Harley Davidson made products as reliable as Yamaha or other manufactures do that last and have such a low service record to them and without recalls then they may not be in the financial difficulty situation that they are.

PeterD
PeterDasked

I have a brand new xvs650 clasic, after a ride (work to home - 35 klm) and park in garage the smell of petrol is very strong for a long time. 2 to 3 hrs. I always turn the fuek off when parked. Can you help with this situation please?

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Roley
Roley

Hi back Peter;
A raw fuel smell with a carburettor induction motor bike after a ride and the engine is at normal running temperature is not that uncommon when you shut down the engine. And in saying that it’s normally a slight odor meaning if you’re standing next to the bike you could smell raw fuel. However if the fuel smell is filling the whole garage not unlike if you have a fuel container in the garage with the containers lid off venting fuel vapour into the air, then you have an issue and that needs addressing.
Carburettor engines have an air filter system to them and a filter element will pass vapour both ways suck air in wile the engine is running and vent excess vapour out while the engine is not. An engine at normal running temp when you shut it down on its last one or two revolutions before stopping completely, will draw down one last gulp of raw fuel. This fuel will not be burnt up because the spark has been Turned off and the carbs now will be wet. Then to add to that the fact that the carburettors will be quite hot because they absorb the heat from the V twin engine while running. Even a few small drops of un-burnt fuel will stink. So fuel sucked onto a hot surface like the twin carbs throats will vapour up and out the air filter until they dry. All of this is normal.
However if your bike is stinking out your garage totally then that’s normally the float level not set up correctly and at idle the floats are set too high and fuel is spilling out the carbs overflow vent tubes and they join and go down a rubber hose to underneath the bike just in case the carbs get totally flooded out.
In any event seems that your bike is brand new if you think something is wrong contact your dealer for it to be inspected and they will advise you if what’s going on is normal or woops someone stuff up in setting up the engine on the pre delivery service .
My self.After I ride my bike I normally park it outside the garage for a small wile to let the breeze cool it down and the carbs vent then I roll it into its park space.
I hope this helps in some way for you peter to understand what a normal fuel smell is on a carb bike like the XVs-650 and this info is for any motor bike with a carburettor induction engine.

Renaldo
Renaldoasked

Can alloy wheels be fitted to the V Star 650 with tubeless tyres?

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ron
ron

I don't know. If I were you I would contact your local Yamaha dealer. Sorry, I was unable to be helpful.

JIM
JIM

Forget the dealers, you have to go to a custom manufacturer (like Dragway, there are others) who will do alloys for almost any bike, but be prepared to break out the bills, looking at least $700-$3000 per wheel depending what you want (+tyres, bearings etc.). I decided I'm not THAT keen for tubeless.

Don
Donasked

Looking at a 97 xvs650 tommorow. Almost 60000kms on it but looks great. 4k asking price. What should i look for? Is there any common faults to be warry of?

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Roley
Roley

Hi Back Don;
No common problems with the XVS 650 at all.
At 60,000 K’s your just looking at two items that might need attention one been a new clutch and the other been final drive centre bearing both are normal with higher k’s on the clock oh and one may be a new starter motor. All are not big a dollar fix stuff.
Anything other comes down to the question of was the bike regularly serviced. Because at normal service times dealers look at how many kilometres bikes have done and replace anything that might need to be changed for the safety sake to the rider and anything to do with the bikes drive line and engines wellbeing.
I hope this helps.
Roley.

JIM
JIM

I bought a '98 for $4k, wouldn't pay any more. Word of caution, the speedo only goes to 99999km, mine read 55xxx, I later realised it had actually done 155xxx over it's 18yr life. Clutch, forks, brakes, bearings, drive shaft coupling, neutral switch, cam chains are all things worth looking at on an older bike.

Joe.l
Joe.lasked

Hi i just put Vance and Hines on my 2011 xvs650 do i need to get bike tune or re jetted?

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Roley
Roley

Hi back Joe;
Short answer is no not at all.
Good choice in exhaust system to use on these bikes as the design of the Vance & Hines has been well engineered for the V Twin motor. The only time one needs to look at changing the air fuel mixture on an engine is when you make a change to the intake system and in these bikes case it normally would be done if an air box or air filter style of system has been changed from the stock set up.
This is because the stock air filter system does have a slight restriction in air flow to it at wide open throttle approximately 10% in fact. This loss in the intake flow is equal to the same in total power output and this is around 4 HP.
The exhaust on the other hand has its own role to play and that is to clear as much burnt gassers out of the engine as it can while that exhaust valve is open and the piston pushers up and pumps the waist gas out. The best you can hope for in a four stroke engine is that once the exhaust stroke has finished and the exhaust valve has closed once again is that the engine should have no old burnt gas left in the head chamber.
This is because a mix of old and new gas of any degree will lower power output. And basically all stock exhaust systems because they have a focus on noise output rather than flow output do pressurise and hold back gas flow from been pushed out by the piston and valve function to clear old burnt gas. So a good free flowing exhaust system in a four stroke engine will maximise the hope of the engines intake system to input a new charge of air and fuel into a combustion chamber that is unpolluted thus doing its job to maximise power delivery.
Some good information for anyone with four stroke engines and exhaust systems is facts some of these facts are; A free flowing exhaust system will improve fuel economy, lower exhaust valve and cylinder head temp and make more efficient power with in the mid-range and top end RPM range with the same fuel input.
Thanks for your question Joe I hope this info helps.
Roley.

Joe.l
Joe.l

Thank you for the info

Misti
Mistiasked

I am having my 600 mile service done and they are telling me it is going to be 404.00 for it that is more than I gave for my first service on my Harley is this really the price of the first service?

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Bobby
Bobby

Well, because I got suckered into buying the (V-STAR 650) I had in a Harley dealership called Latus a Motors, it was too small for me so I only had ridden it once, so I never had it serviced.
I have long since had a, SOFTAIL HERITAGE, and now have a ROAD GLIDE.
Now I don't really know what model Harley you had, but you as well as I know, I have three separate oil compartments, my engine, transmission as well the primary.
Your V-STAR, uses just one oil to lubricate everything, so what else really is there for them to check?
I have decided to change my own oil's on my Harley, I lube my own cables, etc.
I have found s mechanic who is a none dealer, I don't know where you live but, ($404.00) seems a little, "Far Fetched" too me.
Best Wishes too you.

Robert!

Roley
Roley

Hi back;
My first service was around $200.00 dollars as its only oil and a $10.00 filter change and look over the bike to make sure everything is all okay. The 10,000 K’s service is a major service that would rack up that kind of money been charged. This is because the top end of the motor has to be adjusted and that means removing many parts to access the adjustments and a tune and balance both carburetors and it also includes diff oil change and clutch adjustments and many smaller tasks.
I would contact another dealer to see what they would charge on the first service and if they are cheaper find out why and challenge your dealer to dam good reason or go to another dealer instead.

floss
flossasked

Hi, would like to know how much weight the 650 Yamaha custom can carry, with passenger and luggage? Thanks

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Roley
Roley

How much weight can the bike take well I am 86 kilograms and I have had a friend on with me that was 104 so in total that’s 190 kilograms on a long ride and as that weight did take out some power on the big hills it was still easy to keep the bike at state limit. I would say that the 650 could take quite some more than that without it needing to change back a gear on the open road.

Mpilias
Mpiliasasked

Hello !! I bought a vstar 98' 400 that has the engine of vstar 650 my chain tensioner from the front cylider make a metal sound like a barrel that goes down a hill now i know that it need change the thing is what tensioner i get from vstar 400 or 650 or its the same ???

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Roley
Roley

To be honest I don’t know if the parts are interchangeable however a Yamaha dealership could advice you on replacement parts and the possibility of them matching. I have only worked on my XVS-650 engine with custom billet cam shafts that I designed and had built. However the noise your engine is making given that the chain and tensioner system in the v twin Yamaha engine is well designed; Sounds like it was victim to poor adjustment at service and is either still badly adjusted or more likely is damaged. The other cause could be from very low oil in the engine for a prolonged amount of time. In any event it sounds like it needs attention ASAP.
If the engine is set up properly they will hit 8000 RPM with full reliability from the factory and the rev limiter cuts in at that same RPM point as well. In stock trim a XVS 650 makes max power at 6800 rpm. The complete timing gear’s speed is only running half of that of the crank speed so at maximum RPM the timing gear in the V Twin is only running at 4000 RPM and this is because it’s a four stroke engine. So in short the timing gear in a Yamaha V Twin is not under much stress at all. Why bring this up; well once you sort the problem out don’t be afraid to rev the engine to near maximum all day every day. Oh and install a V Twin tacho just to keep an eye on where the engine is when needing the most out or your engines performance.

Sarah Robinson
Sarah Robinsonasked

Hi, Just wondered - I'm new to riding and I really love the look of the Yamaha V-Star Bikes. My biggest problem is I'm only 160cm tall - Any other vertically challenged people out there that might have one of these bikes? Also, whats the difference between the classic and the custom models please?

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ron
ron

Hello, I am only 5 foot four and didn't start riding until I was 50 years old. I own a 2011 v-star 650 custom (first and only bike I ever rode) bought new in 2012, now has over 36,000 miles. It's a very user friendly bike. It's easy to ride, handles quite well and has a very good suspension. I ride mostly to work and to my camp site in ski country both 100 mile round trips. It may take a little getting used to riding a cruiser if your not used to riding one. The custom is sportier, lighter and will be a little easier to handle then the classic. However, the classic may be more comfortable to ride. Believe me if I can ride this bike so can you. This bike was 1998 bike of the year for a reason because it's a simple bike that is fun to ride and works well. I plan on putting another 36,000 miles on my bike. Hope I can be helpful. GO BILLS.... that's the Buffalo Bills of course...

Smurff
Smurff

Hi I'm 5 " and I've put a drop on the rear and a new custom cut seat. Now its feet flat on the ground and away you go❤

darth penguin
darth penguinasked

Vance and Hines Pipes Short shot or cruiser???

i want to have a bit more volume but a great tone is probably more important to me has any one had any experience with these???

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Noel
Noel

Short shots are very popular i have them myself and they really do have a nice deep sound to them. Cops dont like them so much though!

Joe.l
Joe.l

Hey mate did you get bike tune or re jetted for vance and hines exhaust

bally
ballyasked

I get a num bum after riding for a while, anybody else have this problem and can we get a better seat?

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Noel
Noel

Happens to everyone mate even on the bigger bikes. Yes you can get better aftermarket seats if you look around. Try contacting a Yamaha dealer for proper info on it.

darth penguin
darth penguin

i did the Port Hedland to Perth run about 3 months ago 18 hours riding stopped for 5 hours to grab a kip. my bum was fine hands well different story.
posture is a big thing to reduce Numb Bum syndrome. untill you find a more suited seat try moving the angle of your hip/lower back every few mins or so also become aware if you go into the "slouch position" hunched over i find due to the more upright seating this a common place in the curiser style bikes iff you find that helps there are some after market seats with a small back rest that may aid you but it is a big search to find the ones you like.

Skulljoker
Skulljokerasked

Is there a difference between a 2013 model v star to a 2015 model?
I have a 2015 v star and I wanna put Big Air Kit on it but they only list it for 2013. I just wanna know if it will still fit my 2015 v star.

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Noel
Noel

I havent done any mods to mine to be honest everything was on it when i got it. I think the 2013 should be the same as 2015 there both late models just make sure you order the parts for a custom or classic depending on what you have there may be a slight difference there. Sorry i cant give you a definite answer.

Noel
Noel

I havent done any mods to mine to be honest everything was on it when i got it. I think the 2013 should be the same as 2015 there both late models just make sure you order the parts for a custom or classic depending on what you have there may be a slight difference there. Sorry i cant give you a definite answer.

Gail Yates
Gail Yatesasked

Kms per tank?

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Noel
Noel

Its a pretty big tank about 19L i think so you get good milage out of it. Iv never rode to empty but you'll definitely get the best part of 300kms+ depending on how you ride

Sandlake Stan
Sandlake Stan

I get just over 300km, my wife on same model gets about 320 for riding a bit more calmly than me.

hlewis
hlewisasked

Hi, I am looking at buying a V Star 650 custom 2014 and took it for a test ride recently. I am an experienced rider, had four bikes in younger years but have not ridden for a long time. Took it for a ride on the highway then pulled into a town to do a blocky and return . It was terrible to turn corners - just didn't want to go around the corners, went really wide and a few times I thought "hell am I going to make it". when I took off at the lights back onto the highway, despite my efforts it went out really wide, and then when going around a round-about later , well it was fun. no leaning it around as normal - it went out wide and all over the place.

i had an experienced friend ride it later (a harley rider) as they found it did the same for them. It handled badly so it was not just me not having ridden for a while. Is this normal for this bike??? can someone tell me please. I know it is a cruiser but is this really how they handle on corners, bends and turning? Thanks.

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Scream'in Jimbo
Scream'in Jimbo

Hmm sounds alittle strange. I often dragged the rear brake to help it turn in tighter but it didn't feel like it was an issue for its style. Was it a new or used bike. If it's a used one then maybe it has been modded. Even slight adjustments to rake or suspension will effect it. Could also be low tyre pressures. I found the bike would fall in alittle on slow sharpe corners and got busy from over adjustments but felt predictable and stable on long sweeping bends.

JohnCl
JohnCl

I have a 2006 model and I passed my p plates on it so there is diffinately something wrong with the one you were riding either that or they have greatly changed the design or wheels. Something that I have found people do with them is they stick a 200 back wheel instead of a 180, for looks. This greatly changes the way it perform. I would check out an earlier model with low ks.

hlewis
hlewis

Thanks guys, I really didn't think it could just be me. I can accept it is a different style to my old Z650 and R65 but I felt hopeless. It is a used one, 1yr old. I also found I couldn't pull up at the lights as the front brake was not working properly and was finding myself putting my feet down to bring it to a halt - I got rather rattled by it all, but on the way back on the straights I felt very comfortable and relaxed - it was good to be back in the saddle. They did do some work on the front brake and it was better.

Thanks for your help.

erichantal
erichantalasked

Hi,
I just bought a 2000 650 VStar and the tank as been repainted and they removed the VStar stickers on it... is there any place I could get a replacement or a chrome VStar version of it?
Thanks

1 answer
JohnCl
JohnCl

Do a search on eBay for vstar badge

garry
garryasked

I bought aVXS 650 custom earlier this year,jan 2015. added a bobber kit,fitted in house. but the shock supplied is very ridged and at times quite a bone slapper - meaning it feels like i loose an inch or two even after a very short ride any one else who has added a bobber kit have similar issues and if so how do i rectify it? any help would be appreciated.there is an adjustment i can do on the outside of the shock but apparently nothing can be done internally. but other than that i love riding it as much as i can

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VONDOC
VONDOC

I have a XVS 650 bobber, i have the standard suspension with a springer seat. This seams to be a decent and comfortable ride, unless you hit a decent pot hole and it will still jar your back. I'm not sure if you can adjust your suspension, it all depends on what you got. Hopefully you kept your old parts and can refit your old suspension if its not adjustable. I ride to work every day about 90k's each way and it is ok.

garry
garry

Thanx mate I ended up with a springer bobber seat,from what I understand the outer spring is adjustable but not by much hopefully between the seat and adjustment of the spring it should fee a little better thanx for the help/advice

grace king
grace kingasked

Hi,I am looking at buying a new xvs650 but am not sure if it would be big enough for myself and the wife .2 up.Maybe not big enough motor,any thoughts out there?Thanks for any help.
C.J.King

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JohnCl
JohnCl

Diffinately this bike is big enough. I am 6.2 100kg and my friend next door is 6 foot 85kg and we go to work every day on it. Just make sure you replace the backseat with a nice cushioned one if your wife would like a nicer ride.

grace king
grace king

Hi there,Thanks for your quick response.I am about 5'7'' 85 kgs and the wife is 5 ' about 60 kgs. I was not sure how it would go 2 up.I am only looking to buy a nice cruising bike to ride on a nice day so the wife and myself can go out for a couple of hours to a nice place for lunch and a bit of a cruise around.Thanks again.
C.J.King

You wont have any problems 2up on the XVS650. I bought one in October last year, and my wife and I ride around the Adelaide Hills, down south and just cruise into town when the weather permits. I am 100kg & my wife is 70kg. The bike doesn't miss a beat - not even up some of the steeper roads in the Adelaide Hills!! The seats are quite comfy unless you ride for hours without a break. Hope this helps :)

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