2017 V-Star 650 Custom


The V-Star 650 Custom features lots of chrome, luminous paint, a bobtail rear fender, and the convenience of a clean, quiet shaft drive. Don’t be surprised if your friends think it’s a one-of-a-kind custom machine.

Dealer #: 6249



  • 649cc (40-cubic-inch), air-cooled, SOHC, 2 valves per cylinder, 70 degree, V-twin.
    • maximum torque is reached at 3,500 rpms for relaxed cruising performance
    • good low & mid-range power for smooth, relaxed cruising performance
    • lots of chrome engine parts highlight quality & value
  • Engine has been designed to produce strong torque & horsepower in the most usable riding range (50 to 110 km/hr.).
  • SOHC, 2-valve cylinder heads.
    • tradition & simple 2- valve design
    • 37 mm intake & 32 mm exhaust valves
    • stylish chromed cylinder head covers
    • basic rocker arm valve actuation… simple design that is easy to maintain / adjust
  • Air-cooled engine design.
    • excellent heat dissipation for consistent power delivery
    • cooling fins have been designed for good cooling even in stop & go traffic
    • cooling fins feature polished edges
    • simple, classic design
  • Automatic cam chain tensioners reduce mechanical noise & simplify maintenance.
  • Traditional “bore-able” cylinder design.
    • 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.
  • Twin Mikuni BDS28 carbs.
    • system uses throttle position sensor (TPS) to optimize intake air flow & power
    • crisp throttle response
  • Classic side mounted air box
    • houses an easy access, a high-flow viscous paper-type filter
  • Wide-ratio, 5-speed transmission.
    • ensures extremely usable, cruiser-friendly power delivery
    • 5th gear is an overdrive gear for reduced engine rpms at highway speeds
    • light, easy clutch lever pull
    • one piece classic heel-and-toe shifter reinforces that classic image
  • Shaft drive, final drive.
    • low-maintenance shaft drive
    • exposed, chrome drive shaft reduces weight
    • clean, quiet performance with no chain adjustments or chain lube splatter
  • 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
  • 2 into 2 exhaust system.
    • large diameter header pipes for strong low & midrange power
    • chromed, shot gun style mufflers produce a low, throaty V-Twin growl
    • heat shields protect rider & passenger from hot components
    • dual catalyzers reduces harmful exhaust emissions
  • Air Injection System injects fresh air into exhaust ports to fully burn any unburnt fuel, reducing exhaust emissions.


  • Tube type, double cradle steel frame.
    • provides roomy ergonomics
    • low 695 mm (27.4″) seat height
    • 35 degree rake angle
    • engine mounting position provides a low center of gravity for light, easy handling
  • Tube type, steel triangulated swingarm.
  • 41mm fork provides 140mm (5.5″) of wheel travel.
    • smooth, comfortable ride
    • chip guards help prevent stone chip in fork tubes
  • Adjustable, single-shock rear suspension with 86 mm (3.4″) of wheel travel.
    • 7-step spring preload-adjustability allows the rider to tailor spring settings to match load or road conditions
    • shock is hidden from view to provide a clean, custom “hard tail” look
  • Single 298 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 695 mm (27.4″) seat height allows most riders to put feet firmly on the ground
    • passenger seat can be removed if desired
  • Classic, chromed, spoked wheels.
    • front wheel size is MT2.50 x 19 with 100/90-19 tire
    • rear wheel size is MT3.50×15 with wide 170/90-15 tire
  • Forward mounted, rider foot pegs for that special “custom” riding position.
  • 16-litre fuel tank.
    • provides an extended riding range
    • reserve portion is 3 litres
    • on-off reserve fuel petcock
  • Fuel tank-mounted speedometer.
    • functions include; speedometer, odometer & trip meter
    • self-diagnostic function
  • Bright 60/55 watt halogen headlight.


  • Industry-leading Star family fit & finish
  • Steering lock is integrated into the main ignition switch
  • Locking left side cover with small storage compartment
  • Self-cancelling turn signals
  • Helmet lock
  • Bungee cord tie down “hooks” on rear passenger foot peg mounts
  • Oil level sight glass window
  • Low-maintenance (battery should be charged during winter storage)

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