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Old 12-03-2012, 01:48 PM   #1
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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!


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Old 12-03-2012, 01:56 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:41 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:02 PM   #4
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Or better yet, develop the bike, leave the airbox cover as-is, and then sell a ridiculously overpriced normal-looking one as an option.
Shh....


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Old 12-03-2012, 04:15 PM   #5
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:36 AM   #6
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...but desperately in need of an 18" rear wheel.
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:50 AM   #8
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Ever seen a Carberry Enfield?

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Old 12-05-2012, 02:19 PM   #9
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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.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:36 AM   #10
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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.
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:27 PM   #11
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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.



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Old 12-06-2012, 05:05 PM   #12
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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.
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:23 AM   #14
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Another lack of follow through for Harley. They sure did build some cool prototypes back in the day.
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:44 AM   #15
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Another lack of follow through for Harley. They sure did build some cool prototypes back in the day.
They did follow through...development continued and it eventually morphed into the V-Rod.
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