Yamaha 650 V-star Performance Tips

by William Bronleigh
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The V-Star line of motorcycles produced under Yamaha is a popular range of "Harley-Davidson clone" cruiser motorcycles. The V-Star 650 lineup is particularly popular due to the lower cost as compared to their larger displacement siblings. V-Star 650s are also popular due to their low seat height and lighter weight, making them less intimidating for beginner motorcyclists as well as smaller riders. There are a number of performance alterations and modifications that can be done, from inexpensive to expensive.

V-Star/Yamaha Accessories

Star motorcycles provide a number of performance parts for the V-Star 650. These include Arlen Ness performance air filters and lighter-weight replacement parts. Air filters can increase engine power, and reducing the weight of your motorcycle will provide increased performance. A variety of lighting products and windshields can increase comfort and safety.

Exhaust Modifications

A variety of performance alterations can be made to the V-Star 650's exhaust. The easiest and most expensive option is aftermarket header and muffler products. These are typically bolt on and are easy to install. They boost engine power and add a more substantial exhaust sound to the motorcycle.

Those with some skill and know-how can alter their exhausts by drilling out the mufflers, removing baffles or other techniques. Check with your municipality before performing any exhaust modifications to ensure you are not violating any laws.

Intake Modifications

The intake on the V-Star 650 can be altered to increase performance. The easiest method is to install an aftermarket air filter to allow more air into the engine, thereby increasing power. You can also modify the air box to increase air flow. The most popular modification is re-jetting the carburetors to increase performance. Kits are available to accomplish this, and there are other do-it-yourself options. Carburetor modifications are difficult to perform and require some knowledge and manual dexterity.

Suspension Alterations

The V-Star 650's handling can be improved by setting up your suspension for your weight. You can do this on your own, or motorcycle shops can do a custom set-up. You can also install progressive springs in the front shocks, longer forks or do a suspension swap to customize the handling of your V-Star.

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