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Tanshanomi 12-03-2012 01:48 PM

Redeeming a Wasted Motor through Photoshop
 
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, I mashed up a quickie slapchop of a V-Star 950 and an XS11 to see what an "XStar 950" might look like. Useless, but entertaining, so I figured I'd share it here. Don't look too closely, though. There are a few little of problems with the details...such the fact that the rider has nowhere to put his feet!


Navin 12-03-2012 01:56 PM

Yamaha had some real classy looking bikes back in the day and IMO they and the other big 4 are missing the retro theme by copying others bikes/designs and not their own.

Why they don't have a RD/RZ400 Daytona Special themed 300-500cc, a XV(was that the euro styled V twin sporty bike?)920 and a early DT250/400 style enduro is a mystery to me.

Unleaded 12-03-2012 02:41 PM

Nice work! Swap the air cleaner cover out for something more conventional, and that's a way-cool standard. Or better yet, develop the bike, leave the airbox cover as-is, and then sell a ridiculously overpriced normal-looking one as an option. :lol3

jules083 12-03-2012 03:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Unleaded (Post 20170741)
Or better yet, develop the bike, leave the airbox cover as-is, and then sell a ridiculously overpriced normal-looking one as an option. :lol3

Shh....


You're letting all of Harley's secrets out. :hide

Scrivens 12-03-2012 04:15 PM

http://www.lainefamily.com/GB1200R_files/image002.jpg

DAKEZ 12-04-2012 07:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Scrivens (Post 20171346)

:clap

Tanshanomi 12-04-2012 07:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Scrivens (Post 20171346)

...but desperately in need of an 18" rear wheel.

anotherguy 12-04-2012 10:50 AM

Ever seen a Carberry Enfield?

http://www.carberryenfield.com.au/images/C8.jpg

Tanshanomi 12-05-2012 12:32 PM

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Originally Posted by anotherguy (Post 20176311)
Ever seen a Carberry Enfield?

Yes, a very neat bike, but not exactly the sort of low hassle, low maintenance ownership experience as a V-Star 950.

Toto 12-05-2012 02:19 PM

Looks like the Yamaha XV920RH from the early '80s...only better.
I almost bought a new one ...enclosed chain...BTW
Ended uo getting a new 1983 Honda CX 650E instead.

RustySpokes 12-06-2012 09:36 AM

I rode a Honda 1800? V-twin once and really enjoyed the engine. But the handling and seating position were wonky. A good running V-twin in a standard chassis with good suspension would be great fun to ride. Kinda like my 1K VStrom, but better looking. :lol3

zuma 12-06-2012 05:05 PM

Yamaha brought out the BT1100 Bulldog about 10 years ago.

Vstar 1100 motor, shaft drive, 17" wheels, 20lt tank.

I thought it seemed like a pretty decent allrounder, a Yamaha rep. here in Oz told me they were going to bring it in, didn't happen though. I liked the look of it too, but it didn't sell.

bk brkr baker 12-06-2012 05:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Toto (Post 20185185)
Looks like the Yamaha XV920RH from the early '80s...only better.
I almost bought a new one ...enclosed chain...BTW
Ended uo getting a new 1983 Honda CX 650E instead.

Better ?

Entirely subjective. But I'm prejudiced toward the XV920.

http://bikebreakerbaker.smugmug.com/...35_Yn2z8-L.jpg

http://bikebreakerbaker.smugmug.com/...93_ghDhT-L.jpg

EetsOK 12-06-2012 05:50 PM

http://www.collectorsweekly.com/arti...00-experim.jpg

anotherguy 12-07-2012 05:23 AM

Another lack of follow through for Harley. They sure did build some cool prototypes back in the day.


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