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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

Called the Midnight Star in the UK but overseas known as the Stratoliner – a name that conjures up images of a big motorcycle. And it’s spot-on. The Yamaha XV1900 is typical of Japanese cruisers which have been getting larger and larger both physically and in terms of engine displacement in the last few years. Like all big Japanese customs, when you're on the Yamaha XV1900 non-bikers will think you’re the coolest person alive, Harley owners will sneer and sports bike riders won’t wave.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The overriding characteristic of the Yamaha XV1900's huge V-twin is the honkingly massive amount of torque available. A peak of 115bhp come in at a barely-above tickover 2500rpm. This makes the Yamaha XV1900 exceptionally fast off the line with no rider effort. Big V-twins are never silky smooth but the Yamaha XV1900 is better than most. It’s a high tech engine, not simply a bored out antique.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

At 329kg the Yamaha XV1900 is not light – but compared to many rivals it’s a featherweight. The aluminium frame and swingarm (unique in the megacruiser class) help keep the weight down and this makes it more nimble than most competitors. Even at low speed the Yamaha XV1900 is manageable – a weak point for most leviathans.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The standard Yamaha XV1900 comes with all the basic equipment and it’s all top quality stuff. Panniers and a screen will be high on many Yamaha XV1900 riders' wish lists and you can get them from Yamaha or after market suppliers. Louder exhausts are a popular mod but they’re a little harder to find – but availability is increasing.

Yamaha XV1900 (2006-current)

Detail Value
New price £13,499
Engine size 1854 cc
Power 89 bhp
Top speed 120 mph
Insurance group 14 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 5
Value rating is 4 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

No real problems. Like so many modern motorcycles the Yamaha XV1900 has few recurring mechanical nightmares, unlike machines of the 80s and 90s. The finish, while better than older machines is still not perfect. Even a few days winter use without a lot of care can scar the Yamaha XV1900's metal surfaces.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Yamaha XV1900 was competitively priced when new and looking to be reasonable value on the used market too. The Yamaha Star family have the strongest following of Japanese cruisers so resale prices are fairly strong. There’s no shortage of competition from  bikes like Kawasaki’s VN2000 and Honda’s VTX1800 but the Yamaha XV1900’s a match for any of them. Find a Yamaha XV1900 Midnight Star for sale

Insurance

Insurance group: 14 of 17

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Model History

2006: Original Yamaha XV1900 launched.

Other Versions

Yamaha XV1900 Stratoliner: Some import models come with panniers and screen from American version.

2011: Model name changed to XV1900A Midnight Star

Specifications

Top speed 120 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.8 secs
Max power 89 bhp
Max torque 115 ft-lb
Weight 329 kg
Seat height 735 mm
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Average fuel consumption 41 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 14 of 17
Engine size 1854 cc
Engine specification 4v V-twin, 5 gears
Frame Aluminium double cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes Twin 298mm discs
Rear brake Twin 298mm discs
Front tyre size 130/70 x 18
Rear tyre size 190/60 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(5 reviews)

  • Great heavyweight cruiser

    petervoros

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Had this bike new from the dealer at the beginning of April done 850 miles so far and loved every one of them. I have tried loads of machines in the last few years from adventure style to tourers and cruiser style. Being 6'3" this is the first one that fits me with room to spare. I can cruise quite happily at the national limit with no need to go faster and the handling for a bike of this size is nothing short of amazing, it is particularly good at low speeds carrying it's weight down low with exceptional balance. The motor has plenty of grunt when needed, it red lines at 5000 so never feels stressed. Gearbox is a peach and economy works out about 45 mpg so far. Brakes are powerful with good control. The styling is not everyone's cup of tea but I like it in a retro/futuristic kind of way. When I was looking for a large cruiser I considered all the options from around the World but just kept coming back to this one for one reason or another and so far I'm very happy with my choice.

    24 April 2011

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    andytdm

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Never planned on having a cruiser,then i saw the xv in the local bike shop ,this bike looks so much better in the metal than in photos,a quick test ride and a bit of hagling (down to £9200,intrest free !)and it's in the garage.this is a huge but very quick bike that handles.everytime you go out it just brings a big smile to yer face,if you want a big cruiser that works get the xv,if you just want a name get a harley

    04 December 2008

  • Stratoliner

    StuartX11

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I bought this after looking at a Harley and deciding I preferred the Japanese quality. It's eye-catching,easy to ride and i think it looks great. There are so many nice details on the bike. Quality is excellent and the engine is a beauty. Low revving, sweet sounding and with heaps of torque providing instant get up and go for what is a heavy machine. I think it's a great cruiser.

    09 February 2008

  • xv1900

    janolszewski

    Average rating rating is 5

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    what a mechine, attracts many as to what it is..., I can sit in my garage and admire it, this bike will be a winner for yamaha

    11 November 2007

  • The Beast

    Mapeiman

    Average rating rating is 5

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    This really is the dogs -awesome power and handles really well. The exhaust sets off car alarms in std trim, and a handfull of throttle will rip your arms clean out of their sockets. Plenty of high quality chrome to polish. An all round beast of a two wheeler.

    11 March 2007

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patreeko

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xvs1900

Bought the bike in march an have just completed 6000 on it. Just back from a 3000 tour of europe an found it superb on both motorway an twistys. Obviously not a sports bike but handled hairpins without any problems at all. Nice an easy to get the boards down tho!!! Finish is good so far but we,ll see what winter brings! Tryes held up surprisingly well too. Have Dunlops fitted as standard but would be interested to hear if anyone prefers Bridgestones.

17 July 2007 11:13

nairb1957

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xv1900

any vibe's on this bike are more like a heart beat having come from a 04 R1 this is the other end of biking a layed back relaxation.I love the R1 120mph quicker than you can say it but one must think of your licence when you drive HGV'S for a living.Is the XV better than a harley? techno yes soul if they make it for the next ten years maybe.

20 March 2007 19:51

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