2020 Yamaha V Star 250

An entry-level V-twin.

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Entrants into motorcycling desiring the sound and feel of a V-twin-powered cruiser might be intimidated by the beefier two-cylindered machines on the market, but Yamaha has a beginner-friendly bike to fulfill that niche. Enter the 2020 Yamaha V Star 250. This cruiser is one of the only 2020 models in the beginner cruiser class to be powered by the 249cc air-cooled V-twin engine. In addition to its smaller displacement, its low 27-inch seat height, light 326 pounds (claimed), and sub-$5K MSRP all round it out to be a beginner-friendly model that most riders can feel confident flat footing at stoplights while still keeping wallets (or the significant other) happy.

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2020 Yamaha V Star 250 Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition

When it comes to entry-level cruisers there is Honda’s Rebel 300 that serves as the smaller-displacement competition. Other beginner cruisers include Royal Enfield’s INT650, Indian’s Scout Sixty, and Harley-Davidson’s Street 750.

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Yamaha V Star 250 Updates For 2020

Yamaha did not announce any major changes for its little retro-styled V-twin, even the price remains unchanged from last year at $4,349. The only available colorway is a simple Metallic Silver.

2020 Yamaha V Star 250 Claimed Specifications

Price $4,349
Engine Air-cooled SOHC V-twin
Displacement 249cc
Bore x Stroke 49.0 x 66.0mm
Horsepower N/A
Torque N/A
Transmission 5-speed
Final Drive Chain
Seat Height 27.0 in.
Rake 32.0°
Trail 4.7 in.
Front Suspension 33mm telescopic fork; 5.5-in. travel
Rear Suspension Preload adjustable; 3.9-in. travel
Front Tire 3.00-18
Rear Tire 130/90-15
Wheelbase 58.7 in.
Fuel Capacity 2.5 gal. / CA model 2.4 gal.
Claimed Wet Weight 326 lb.