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2023 Yamaha V Star 250 [Specs, Features, Photos]

2023 Yamaha V Star 250
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The 2023 Yamaha V Star 250 Acts as the Entry into the Company’s ‘Sport Heritage’ Range

Most retro-looking motorcycles today feature a relatively modern suite of features that often contradicts the old-school experience you’d expect, thanks to the aesthetics. There are just a handful of machines out there that deliver the feel of a proper retro bike. Yamaha has one such offering in its 2023 lineup, and it’s called the V Star 250. This affordable entry-level Japanese cruiser is dated in several ways, but that’s the reason it still draws a fair share of attention,

It’s only fair that we begin by mentioning that this air-cooled V-twin is supplied by a 26mm carburetor. Carburetors are almost unheard of on modern-day motorcycles, and you could count on one hand the number of mass-production bikes that still feature the tech.

If you’d like another example of how the V Star 250 is as basic as basic gets, take a look at its brakes. It features a drum brake at the rear, and there’s no ABS – not even as an option. And while most bikes have transitioned to a monoshock rear suspension, the V Star 250 still faults a classic twin shock-absorber setup.

All said, its simplicity and reliability are why the Yamaha V Star 250 still has a customer base. The engine also makes a respectable 21 hp; it’s fuel efficient (78 mpg claimed) and reasonably priced.

The 2023 Yamaha V Star 250 starts at $4,699 USD / $5,999 CAD.

On this page: we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new 2023 Yamaha V Star 250 in one place.

2023 Yamaha V Star 250

Model Overview

General Info

  • Price: $4,699 USD / $5,999 CAD
  • Key Features:
    • Low seat height enables easy accessibility
    • Retro styling and equipment
    • 78 mpg claimed mileage

Main Specs

  • Engine: 249cc, air-cooled, V-twin
  • Power: 21 hp
  • Torque: 15.2 lb-ft
  • Weight: 324 lbs (146.9 kg)
  • Seat Height: 27 inches (685.8 mm)

2023 Yamaha V Star 250

2023 Yamaha V Star 250 Specifications

From Yamaha


Engine 15-cubic-inch (249cc) air-cooled, SOHC 60° V-twin, 2 valves
Power 21Hp
Bore x Stroke 49.0mm x 66.0mm
Compression Ratio 10.0:1
Fuel System Mikuni® 26mm carburetor
Starter Electric


Clutch multiplate wet clutch
Transmission 5-speed
Final Drive Chain


Suspension Front 33mm fork; 5.5-in travel
Suspension Rear Dual shocks, adjustable preload; 3.9-in travel
Brakes Front Hydraulic disc, 282mm
Brakes Rear 130mm drum
Tires Front 3.00-18 CHENG SHIN C-916
Tires Rear 130/90-15 CHENG SHIN C-915
Fuel Tank Capacity 2.5 gal / CA model 2.4 gal


Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Spark Plugs
Headlight LED
Tail Light LED


Overall Length 86.2 in
Overall Width 28.0 in
Overall Height 41.7 in
Wheelbase 58.7 in
Ground Clearance 5.7 in
Seat Height 27.0 in
Wet Weight 324 lb / CA Model 326 lb


Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)

2023 Yamaha V Star 250

2023 Yamaha V Star 250 Features


  • Compact Custom
    Light weight and a seat just 27 inches from the pavement make the V Star 250 a great first step into motorcycling, as well as a great choice for more experienced riders who appreciate the fun that comes in small packages.
  • Big Bike Style
    Dual exhausts, plenty of quality chrome and Yamaha’s unmatched attention to detail—this is one sharp little motorcycle.
  • Strong Brakes
    Front disc brake provides highly controllable stopping power.
  • Unique V-twin Performance
    The V Star 250 is the only V-twin in its class with a smooth, torquey, controllable power delivery that’s fun for every rider.
  • Ultra-Efficient Engine
    Estimated 78 mpg means almost 200 miles between fill-ups.


  • Uniquely Potent V-twin
    Air-cooled 249cc 60-degree V-twin engine with a long 66mm stroke produces plenty of bottom-end torque and smooth roll-on power. And it’s the only V-twin engine in its class too.
  • Smooth Running
    The single 26mm Mikuni® downdraft carburetor ensures optimal fuel/air mixing and smooth power delivery with superb throttle response.
  • Flexible Gearing
    Widely geared five-speed transmission makes the most of V Star 250’s powerband.
  • Electric Start
    Easy, dependable electric starting.
  • Classic Exhaust Layout
    Beautiful dual chrome exhaust pipes let the engine breathe and put out that classic V-twin rumble.
  • Low Maintenance Motor
    Automatic cam chain tensioner virtually eliminates maintenance and helps extend engine life.


  • Agile Chassis
    The 58.7-inch wheelbase creates a long, low package for great handling and maneuverability.
  • Strong Brakes
    A 282mm single front disc brake and a rear drum brake provide plenty of stopping power.
  • Low Seat Height
    Plush and low-stepped saddle provides exceptional comfort and keeps the rider sitting low, allowing almost anyone to flatfoot the pavement.
  • Plush Suspension
    The telescopic front fork with 5.5 inches of travel provides a nice, smooth ride while the twin rear shocks feature 3.9 inches of travel and adjustable spring preload for versatility under various loads.


  • Open Riding Position
    A custom style handlebar gives the V Star 250 both a modern look and comfortable riding position.
  • Big Bike Style
    Extensive chrome details accent the engine and side covers for a handsome “big bike” fit and finish.
  • Generous Fuel Range
    The stylishly sculpted teardrop fuel tank features 2.5-gallon capacity for excellent cruising range.
  • Forward Mount Controls
    The forward-set foot pegs enhance rider comfort for added legroom.
  • Stylish Fenders
    Wide rear fender and front and rear wire-spoked wheels add the perfect classic, retro touch to this stylish package.

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