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YAMAHA XVS1300 CUSTOM  (2014-on)

YAMAHA XVS1300 CUSTOM (2014-on)

New price:  £8,999
  • 1304cc  -  72 bhp
  • 45 mpg  -  148 miles range
  • Low seat height (670mm)

Badge snobs might sneer at its lack of ‘Harleyness’ but it’s a capable bike and superb value for money

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 3 out of 5
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YAMAHA XV950  (2013-on)

YAMAHA XV950 (2013-on)

New price:  £7,199
  • 942cc  -  51 bhp
  • 47 mpg  -  120 miles range
  • Low seat height (690mm)

Watch out Harley Sportster, you might have a serious Japanese rival for the first time

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 3 out of 5
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YAMAHA XVS950 MIDNIGHT STAR  (2009-on)

YAMAHA XVS950 MIDNIGHT STAR (2009-on)

New price:  £6,999
  • 942cc  -  55 bhp
  • 53 mpg  -  196 miles range
  • Low seat height (675mm)

"Does everything a larger custom does and is considerably cheaper"

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 3 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 4 out of 5
4 owners' ratings 5 out of 5 4.5 out of 5 4.5 out of 5 4.8 out of 5 4.8 out of 5 3.8 out of 5
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YAMAHA V-MAX  (2008-on)

YAMAHA V-MAX (2008-on)

New price:  £21,499
  • 1679cc  -  197 bhp
  • 36 mpg  -  120 miles range
  • Medium seat height (775mm)

"A thrill ride of epic proportions - the V-Max redefines the word 'torque'"

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 3 out of 5 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 2 out of 5 3 out of 5
4 owners' ratings 4.3 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 4.3 out of 5 2.5 out of 5 3 out of 5
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YAMAHA XV250 VIRAGO  (1995-2001)

YAMAHA XV250 VIRAGO (1995-2001)

New price:  N/A
  • 248cc  -  21 bhp
  • 65 mpg  -  136 miles range
  • Low seat height (685mm)
  • Suitable for A2 licence

"Trusty, reliable and easy to ride cruiser"

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 3 out of 5
3 owners' ratings 3 out of 5 4 out of 5 3 out of 5 3.3 out of 5 3.7 out of 5 2.7 out of 5
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YAMAHA XV125 VIRAGO  (1997-2004)

YAMAHA XV125 VIRAGO (1997-2004)

New price:  N/A
  • 124cc  -  13 bhp
  • 85 mpg  -  150 miles range
  • Low seat height (665mm)
  • Suitable for A1 licence

"Reliable motor, solid chassis, nice low seat and wide `bars give a feeling of confident control"

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 3 out of 5
1 owner ratings 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 3 out of 5
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YAMAHA XV535 VIRAGO  (1988-2004)

YAMAHA XV535 VIRAGO (1988-2004)

New price:  N/A
  • 535cc  -  38 bhp
  • 47 mpg  -  130 miles range
  • Low seat height (720mm)
  • Suitable for A2 licence

"Basic, trusted, easy to ride and with unchallenging but enjoyable performance"

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 4 out of 5
5 owners' ratings 4.4 out of 5 4 out of 5 3.4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4.6 out of 5 3.2 out of 5
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YAMAHA XV1900 MIDNIGHT STAR  (2006-on)

YAMAHA XV1900 MIDNIGHT STAR (2006-on)

New price:  £13,499
  • 1854cc  -  89 bhp
  • 41 mpg  -  150 miles range
  • Medium seat height (735mm)

"Typical of Japanese cruisers which have been getting larger and larger"

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5
5 owners' ratings 5 out of 5 4.8 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 4.8 out of 5
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YAMAHA XVS250 DRAGSTAR  (2000-2004)

YAMAHA XVS250 DRAGSTAR (2000-2004)

New price:  N/A
  • 249cc  -  21 bhp
  • 65 mpg  -  160 miles range
  • Low seat height (670mm)
  • Suitable for A2 licence

"If your heart's set on a smaller capacity cruiser, you'll find it hard to beat"

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 3 out of 5
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YAMAHA XVZ1300 ROYAL STAR  (1996-2001)

YAMAHA XVZ1300 ROYAL STAR (1996-2001)

New price:  N/A
  • 1294cc  -  75 bhp
  • 40 mpg  -  120 miles range
  • Low seat height (710mm)

"Detuned Vmax powered full dresser is truly different"

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 2 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 2 out of 5 4 out of 5
3 owners' ratings 4.7 out of 5 3.7 out of 5 4.7 out of 5 5 out of 5 4.7 out of 5 4.7 out of 5
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YAMAHA XVS1100 DRAGSTAR  (1998-on)

YAMAHA XVS1100 DRAGSTAR (1998-on)

New price:  £6,999
  • 1063cc  -  62 bhp
  • 46 mpg  -  171 miles range
  • Low seat height (710mm)

"Somewhat old tech but light weight and manageability are always useful"

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 3 out of 5 3 out of 5 3 out of 5 3 out of 5 3 out of 5 3 out of 5
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YAMAHA V-MAX  (1991-2004)

YAMAHA V-MAX (1991-2004)

New price:  N/A
  • 1198cc  -  140 bhp
  • 35 mpg  -  100 miles range
  • Medium seat height (765mm)

"An ill-handling, raw powered Rottweiller of a motorcycle"

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 4 out of 5 2 out of 5 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 3 out of 5 2 out of 5
1 owner ratings 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5 4 out of 5 5 out of 5 5 out of 5
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YAMAHA SR125  (1982-2003)

YAMAHA SR125 (1982-2003)

New price:  N/A
  • 124cc  -  12 bhp
  • 65 mpg  -  130 miles range
  • Medium seat height (740mm)
  • Suitable for A1 licence

"One of the oldest 125 cruiser type motorcycles on the roads today"

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 2 out of 5 3 out of 5 1 out of 5 3 out of 5 4 out of 5 3 out of 5
11 owners' ratings 3.4 out of 5 3 out of 5 3.3 out of 5 4.4 out of 5 4.1 out of 5 2.7 out of 5
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YAMAHA XVS650 DRAGSTAR  (1997-on)

YAMAHA XVS650 DRAGSTAR (1997-on)

New price:  £5,499
  • 649cc  -  40 bhp
  • 47 mpg  -  160 miles range
  • Low seat height (710mm)
  • Suitable for A2 licence

"Makes a good case as an affordable alternative to Harley's 883"

Overall Ride Engine Build Value Equipment
MCN ratings 3 out of 5 4 out of 5 3 out of 5 4 out of 5 4 out of 5 3 out of 5
4 owners' ratings 4.3 out of 5 4.3 out of 5 4.5 out of 5 4.3 out of 5 4.5 out of 5 3.8 out of 5
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