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.
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.
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.
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
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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.