Redeeming a Wasted Motor through Photoshop

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  1. Tanshanomi

    Tanshanomi Your Favorite Uncle

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    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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  2. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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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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  3. Unleaded

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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. :lol3
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  4. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    Shh....


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

    Scrivens Been here awhile

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  7. Tanshanomi

    Tanshanomi Your Favorite Uncle

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

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    Ever seen a Carberry Enfield?

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  9. Tanshanomi

    Tanshanomi Your Favorite Uncle

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

    Toto Been here awhile

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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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  11. RustySpokes

    RustySpokes Two-bit throttle bum

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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. :lol3
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  12. zuma

    zuma Been here awhile

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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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  13. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    Better ?

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

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  14. EetsOK

    EetsOK Been here awhile

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  15. anotherguy

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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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  16. Tanshanomi

    Tanshanomi Your Favorite Uncle

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    They did follow through...development continued and it eventually morphed into the V-Rod.
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  17. EetsOK

    EetsOK Been here awhile

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    Um...no.
    That Sporty concept was made in 1975. The V Rod didn't hit the street until 26 years later AND was the result of the VR1000 race bike program and Prosche engineering (in a nutshell.)
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  18. Tanshanomi

    Tanshanomi Your Favorite Uncle

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    Did some digging: you're 100% correct, and I'm dead wrong.
    I seen that photo before and always assumed that was another of the early Porsche motor designs.
    That's what I get for not checking my facts first.
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  19. EetsOK

    EetsOK Been here awhile

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    No problem that OHC motor was well ahead of the curve for 1975. Kinda makes you wonder don't it?
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