YAMAHA XV1900 MIDNIGHT STAR (2006-on) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

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

Yamaha XV1900 motorcycle review - Riding

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

  • At a glance
  • 1854cc  -  89 bhp
  • 41 mpg  -  150 miles range
  • Medium seat height (735mm)
  • £13,499

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 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.

Engine 4 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 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 & Running Costs 4 out of 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 group: 14 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 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.

Owners' Reviews

5 owners have reviewed their YAMAHA XV1900 MIDNIGHT STAR (2006-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.8 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4.8 out of 5
5 out of 5

Great heavyweight cruiser

24 April 2011 by petervoros

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

mega

04 December 2008 by andytdm

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... Read more 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

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Stratoliner

09 February 2008 by StuartX11

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

xv1900

11 November 2007 by janolszewski

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 Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

The Beast

11 March 2007 by Mapeiman

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... Read more two wheeler.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
Read all 5 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2006
Year discontinued -
New price £13,499
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 89 bhp
Max torque 115 ft-lb
Top speed 120 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.8 secs
Average fuel consumption 41 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Specification
Engine size 1854cc
Engine type 4v V-twin, 5 gears
Frame type Aluminium double cradle
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 735mm
Bike weight 329kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake Twin 298mm discs
Rear brake Twin 298mm discs
Front tyre size 130/70 x 18
Rear tyre size 190/60 x 17

History & Versions

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

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