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Yamaha V-Star 1100 Classic: Specifications

by Marc Lucas

The Yamaha V-Star 1100 Classic was introduced in 2000 and became a popular addition to the Yamaha lineup. The V-Star 1100 evolved from its predecessor, the Yamaha Virago 1100, and built upon the Virago's reliability and commercial success. The Classic was joined in the V-Star lineup by the Custom and Silverado models, but the V-Star 1100 Classic was the most popular and biggest seller for Yamaha. 2009 was the final production year for the V-Star 1100.

Engine and Transmission

The 2009 Yamaha V-Star 1100 Classic features a 65-cubic-inch engine. This air-cooled, 75-degree, V-twin engine produces 62 horsepower at 5,750 rpm and 63 foot-pounds of torque at only 2,500 rpm. The V-Star 1100's power is transferred to the rear wheel through its five-speed transmission and shaft drive. The overall package delivers a top speed of approximately 100 mph. Fuel delivery is provided by two Mikuni 37-mm carburetors with throttle position sensors and delivers approximately 44 mpg.

Brakes and Suspension

The rear brake on the V-Star 1100 Classic is a 282-mm disc. The front brakes feature dual 298-mm discs. The rear suspension on the Classic has a hidden shock to help provide a hard-tail look. The single shock has a nine-position preload adjustment to allow the rider to adjust to almost any road condition. The rear shock provides 4.5 inches of travel. The 41-mm front telescoping forks has a 33-degree rake and provides 5.5 inches of travel.

Physical Dimensions

The air-cooled engine allows the V-Star 1100 to keep its wet weight down to 628 pounds. Overall length of the Classic is 97 inches with a width of 37.2 inches. The low 27.9-inch seat height allows short and tall riders to feel comfortable. The 4.5 gallon fuel tank allows the rider to go nearly 200 miles between fill ups. Rear tire dimensions are 170/80-15; front tire dimensions are 130/90-16. Both are mounted on seven-spoke cast-aluminum wheels.

About the Author

Marc Lucas has worked in the education publishing industry since 2000. He has developed training programs, process improvement initiatives and user manuals for a variety of clients. His specialties range from motorcycling and guitar playing to computer building and digital photography. Lucas' work has also appeared in online publications. Lucas is an alumnus of Freed-Hardeman University where he majored in Social Work.

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