2018 Yamaha VSTAR 250

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There are a whole bunch of reasons to check out the V-Star 250, but the most intriguing is it's authentic V-twin powerplant, which means that you're getting full-sized rumble and styling in an easy to ride, lightweight bike.

Power: Authentic, 249cc, air-cooled, 60┬░, SOHC, 2 valves per cylinder, V-twin engine

Rider-Friendly: Smooth-shifting, 5-speed transmission provides versatile performance. Clutch lever pull is very light and novice friendly

Engine Features
  • 249cc, air-cooled, SOHC, 2 valves per cylinder, 60 degree, V-twin: authentic, air-cooled V-Twin engine design; long stroke engine design means lots of low end torque; very linear, novice friendly power delivery
  • SOHC, 2-valve cylinder heads: tradition & simple 2- valve design; basic rocker arm valve actuation... simple design that is easy to maintain / adjust; chromed head covers add style
  • Air-cooled engine design: excellent heat dissipation for consistent power delivery; cooling fins have been designed for good cooling even in stop & go traffic; simple, classic design
  • Automatic cam chain tensioners reduce mechanical noise & simplify maintenance.
  • Traditional "bore-able" cylinder: in the event of an issue, cylinder can be over bored
  • Forged aluminum pistons: less reciprocating mass for fast engine response; reduced mechanical vibration for excellent reliability
  • Single pin style crankshaft: design accentuates V-twin engine character, pulse feel & sound
  • Wet sump lubrication system with easy access element type oil filter.
  • Single Mikuni BDS26 carb: featuring an accelerator pump for crisp throttle response; convenient handle bar mounted choke lever; excellent fuel economy
  • Classic, chromed air box; houses an easy access, washable (re-useable) foam air filter; washable design reduces tune-up costs
  • 5-speed transmission: ensures extremely usable, cruiser-friendly power delivery; 5th gear is an overdrive gear for reduced engine rpms at higher speeds; light, easy clutch lever pull
  • Chain drive, final drive: chain drive provides the most efficient transfer of power (Vs. shaft drive systems)
  • Maintenance-free transistor controlled ignition (TCI): produces a strong spark for fast starts; provides precise ignition timing / mapping for optimum engine performance at all rpms
  • Shorty, 2 into 2 exhaust system: short design, chromed, shot gun style mufflers produce a low, throaty V-Twin growl; heat shields protect rider & passenger from hot components
  • Air Injection System injects fresh air into exhaust ports to fully burn any unburnt fuel, reducing exhaust emissions.
Chassis Features
  • Tube type, double cradle steel frame: provides a long & low profile with roomy ergonomics; low 685 mm (27") seat height; 32 degree rake angle
  • Box section, steel, dual shock swingarm.
  • Full-size, 1,488 mm (58.6") wheelbase ensures maximum stability & a comfortable, roomy ride.
  • Wet weight of only 147 kg / 324 lbs. makes the V-Star 250 light, nimble & easy to handle.
  • 33 mm fork provides 140mm (5.5") of wheel travel: smooth, comfortable ride
  • Adjustable dual shock rear suspension with 100 mm (3.9") of wheel travel: 5- step spring preload adjustability; allows rider to tailor spring settings to match load or road conditions
  • Single 282 mm front disc brake with twin piston caliper delivers strong, confidence-inspiring stopping power.
  • Rear drum brake: brake shoe wear indicator; easy access wing nut adjuster for fast adjustments as brake shoes wear
  • Separate rider & passenger seats: low-profile rider & passenger seats offer excellent comfort; low 685 mm (27") seat height allows riders to put feet firmly on the ground, enhancing confidence; passenger seat can be removed if desired
  • Classic, chromed, spoked wheels: front wheel size is 1.60 X 18 with 3.00 - 18 tire; rear wheel size is MT2.75 with 130/90-15 tire
  • Forward mounted, rider foot pegs for that special "custom" riding position.
  • Steel front & rear fenders: highlight the classic styling of the V-Star 250; steel design means they are easy to paint or customize
  • Stylish "T design" handlebar: excellent rider comfort; aggressive appearance, great styling highlight
  • 9.5 litre fuel tank: more smiles & fewer fill-ups thanks to excellent fuel economy; reserve portion is 2.6 litres (will have to switch petcock to reserve position); vacuum type fuel petcock with on - reserve positions (no need to turn petcock to off when finished riding); locking fuel cap
  • Handlebar mounted speedometer: functions include; speedometer, odometer & trip meter
  • Bright 65/60 watt headlight.
  • Side stand cut out switch prevents the bike from being ridden with the side down
  • Traditional fork mounted steering lock
  • Helmet lock
  • Oil level sight glass
  • Low-maintenance (battery should be charged during winter storage)
  • Engine: Air-cooled, SOHC, 4-valves (2-valves/cyl), 60┬░ V-twin
  • Displacement: 249cc
  • Bore and Stroke: 49 x 66 mm
  • Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
  • Maximum Torque: 2.1 kg-m (15.2 ft. lb.) @ 6,000 rpm
  • Fuel Delivery: Mikuni BDS26
  • Estimated Fuel Consumption┬▒: 33kpl / 93.2mpg (Imp.)
  • Ignition / Starting: TCI / Electric
  • Transmission: 5-speed
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Suspension (Front): 33mm fork / 140mm (5.5 in.) wheel travel
  • Suspension (Rear): Adjustable dual shocks / 100mm (3.9 in.) wheel travel
  • Brakes (Front): 282mm disc / twin piston caliper
  • Brakes (Rear): Drum
  • Tires (Front): 3.00-18
  • Tires (Rear): 130/90-15
Critical Data
  • Length: 2,190mm (86.2 in.)
  • Width: 710mm (28 in.)
  • Height: 1,060mm (41.7 in.)
  • Wheelbase: 1,490mm (58.7 in.)
  • Seat Height: 685mm (27 in.)
  • Fuel Capacity: 9.5 L (2.1 Imp. gal.)
  • Wet Weight: 147kg (324 lb.)
  • Colour(s): Black Metallic
Every attempt has been made to showcase Canadian versions of our products, but all images, information and specifications may not be exact and are subject to change without notice. Some models may be shown with optional accessories. Fuel economy estimates are based on US EPA exhaust emission certification data obtained by Yamaha and converted into Canadian measurements. Your actual mileage will vary depending on road condition, how you ride, maintain your vehicle, accessories, cargo and operator/passenger weight.



Engine Type
SOHC, 4-valves (2-valves/cyl), 60 deg. V-twin
Bore and Stroke
49 x 66 mm
Compression Ratio
Fuel System
Mikuni BDS26


Final Drive


Front Suspension
33mm fork / 140mm (5.5 in.) wheel travel
Rear Suspension
Adjustable dual shocks / 100mm (3.9 in.) wheel travel
Front Brakes
282mm disc / twin piston caliper
Rear Brakes
Front Tire
Rear Tire


1,490mm (58.7 in.)
Seat Height
685mm (27 in.)
Fuel Capacity
9.5 L (2.1 Imp. gal.)
33kpl / 93.2mpg (Imp.)
Dry Weight
Curb Weight: 147 kg (324 lb.)


Black Metallic


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