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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

Like any proper bobber, Yamaha’s XV isn’t for the long, open road but is more suited to the urban dude. Yamaha has kept it relatively light, at 247kg, and a super-low seat height of 690mm makes it easy to control for virtually everyone. An abundance of torque delivers a fun, responsive ride and having suspension and brakes that work goes a long way to increasing confidence. The belt-drive motor is lovely to use and the XV is a good looking piece of machinery. Watch out Harley Sportster, you might have a serious Japanese rival for the first time.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

Not everything about the XV is new. The engine is the same air-cooled V-twin from the XVS950A Midnight Star which came out in 2009, albeit tweaked slightly with new inlet and outlets and a revised ECU. The result is it now pumps out 51bhp at 5500rpm and 59ftlb of torque at 3000rpm, which is more than enough. The belt-drive motor is lovely to use and the fuel injection is flawless. The 12.2-litre tank and 47mpg efficiency should see it cover over 120 miles between fill-ups, which on a bobber is more than enough to get you between cafes…

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

The XV950’s chassis is all-new and has been designed to be sportier than previous XV models as well as looking the part. Although it is a relatively small bike, the XV still feels fat and comfortable with a nice reach to the bars from the seat, however it is when the road develops a few corners that the Yamaha really impresses. Ok, the ground clearance is fairly limited, but the XV corners far better than most cruisers and can be ridden spiritedly thanks to a good chassis and excellent (although budget) suspension. The brakes also perform well and the ABS is effective in its operation.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

You get a good looking bike and that’s about it. Yamaha have used a lot of brushed aluminium, which is nice, but only the R version gets ABS.

Yamaha XV950 (2013-current)

Detail Value
New price £7,199
Dealer used prices
£6,410 (2013) - £7,730 (2014)
Private used prices
£5,770 (2013) - £6,960 (2014)
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Engine size 942 cc
Power 51 bhp
Top speed 110 mph
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Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

The level of detail and finish is very high on the XV950 and the air-cooled V-twin engine is a tried and tested lump.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

Bang on the price for middleweight cruisers


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Model History

2013: Model introduced

Other Versions

The XV950R costs £7,799 and comes with a different seat, ABS and piggyback shocks.


Top speed 110 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 51 bhp
Max torque 59 ft-lb
Weight 247 kg
Seat height 690 mm
Fuel capacity 12 litres
Average fuel consumption 47 mpg
Tank range 120 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 942 cc
Engine specification Four-stroke, air-cooled SOHC, 8v V-twin
Frame Tubular steel
Front suspension adjustment KYB 41mm forks, non-adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Twin KYB shocks, adjustable spring preload
Front brakes 1x298mm petal disc. Two-piston caliper
Rear brake 1x298mm petal disc, Two-piston caliper
Front tyre size 100/90ZR19
Rear tyre size 150/80ZR16

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