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Yamaha XVS1100 DRAGSTAR Custom Motorbike Review

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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

The Yamaha XVS1100 - a big  cruiser of yesteryear is more a mid sized cruiser of today. It's an evolution of Yamaha’s long running XV1100 Virago which used to be its custom-style range topper but now it’s dwarfed by the near-two litre megacruisers. The Yamaha XVS1100 is somewhat old tech but light weight and manageability are always useful.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

The Yamaha XVS1100's big V-twin is softly tuned offering just 62bhp. Torque is a more respectable 63ftlb. There’s enough low down poke to keep the Yamaha XVS1100 nippy around town but if you want to go quick it needs revving – and can vibrate. While the engine produced the same power when in the 1100 Virago, weight is up 40kg which dulls the performance somewhat.

Ride and Handling

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Steering is light and easy – it’s not a very involving ride which means you can concentrate on posing when you're out and about on your Yamaha XVS1100. Rear shocks are a little harsh for a cruiser and can make the rear wheel skip about or transfer the shocks of bumps straight into the riders lower back. The Yamaha XVS1100's brakes are competent.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

Poor headlight, pillion seat and mirrors but otherwise all the basic gear is there on the Yamaha XVS1100. Screens, panniers and louder exhausts are popular add ons. Shaft drive works well and is low maintenance. Yamaha XVS1100's hidden rear suspension gives that authentic hard-tail look.

Yamaha XVS1100 (1998-current)

Detail Value
New price £6,999
Dealer used prices
£5,270 (2007) - £5,730 (2007)
Private used prices
£4,740 (2007) - £5,160 (2007)
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Engine size 1063 cc
Power 62 bhp
Top speed 110 mph
Insurance group 11 of 17
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Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
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Reliability is pretty good on the Yamaha XVS1100 – even though the engine traces its roots back to the early 80s or before, problems are rare. As with so many cruisers, corrosion is the big enemy as motorcycles such as the Yamaha XVS1100 sell on looks.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

The Yamaha XVS1100 wasn't that expensive but, when new, you could have bought a Harley-Davidson for less. The Yamaha XVS1100 doesn’t hold its value as well as those Harleys but residuals are strong as the Yamaha Star range has quite a following. Japanese rivals are close enough you should make your decision on looks. Find a Yamaha XVS1100 Dragstar for sale


Insurance group: 11 of 17

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Model History

1998: Original Yamaha XVS1100 launched.

Other Versions

Yamaha XVS1100A Drag Star Classic: more retro looks, spoked wheels (front smaller than regular bike), bigger headlamp, more flamboyant mudguards.



Top speed 110 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 15.4 secs
Max power 62 bhp
Max torque 63 ft-lb
Weight 261 kg
Seat height 710 mm
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Average fuel consumption 46 mpg
Tank range 171 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 11 of 17
Engine size 1063 cc
Engine specification 4v V-twin, 5 gears
Frame Steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes Twin 298mm discs
Rear brake 282mm disc
Front tyre size 110/90 x 18
Rear tyre size 170/80 x 15

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