XV950 Racer

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XV950 Racer

2018 Motorcycles

Born to break rules

If you’re one of those riders planning to build a unique motorcycle that expresses your individuality, the Yamaha Sport Heritage range is the right place to start.

Inspired by the cool Yard Built specials created for Yamaha by the world’s leading custom builders, the XV950 Racer is aimed at today’s generation of free thinking riders who want a raw and authentic bike that’s ready to customize.

With its torque-rich V-twin engine, sports riding position and timeless good looks, the bold XV950 Racer brings together low rider style with café racer attitude to create a new kind of gutsy and light handling bike that defies convention. Because rules were made to be broken.


•  Authentic Sport Heritage racer
•  Raw and timeless styling
•  Sporty leaning-forward riding position
•  Single seat design including seat cover
•  Café racer cowling and clip-on handlebars
•  Aluminium sidepanels
•  High-torque air-cooled 60-degree V-twin engine
•  Piggyback-style gas rear shocks
•  Double cradle frame for timeless looks
•  12-spoke cast alloy wheels
•  Wave style 298mm discs with ABS
•  V-twin low rider with café racer attitude


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Authentic, daring, different

Just because things have been done a certain way for years doesn’t mean you can’t break the rules. So we’re taking our successful cruiser concept into new territory with the daring XV950 Racer. Featuring clip-on bars and rear-set footrests that give a café racer inspired riding position, this agile and gutsy V-twin challenges convention.

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Sports handling performance

The XV950 Racer is equipped with a proven tubular steel double cradle frame. Its short wheelbase and low stance deliver high levels of agility together with sports handling – while the café racer style rear-set footrests and clip on bars ensure a forward leaning body position for enhanced rider/machine unity and improved cornering performance.

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Torque-rich V-twin engine

Once you’ve experienced the XV950 Racer’s big V-twin engine you’ll be hooked on its pulsating power delivery that gives you the ability to accelerate briskly from low rpm. Producing maximum torque at just 3000rpm, this 60-degree air-cooled V-twin delivers the performance you desire without ever having to break into a sweat!

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Raw and minimalist style

The XV950 Racer is all about minimalist metallic beauty. The sheer mechanical presence of its elemental air-cooled V-twin engine characterizes the soul of this motorcycle. Its black tubular chassis perfectly matches the timeless image – while the authentic sport heritage look is underlined by the pure simplicity of the steel fuel tank and fenders.

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V-twin low rider with café racer ergonomics

Exclusive equipment includes clip-on handlebars as well as rear-set footrests for a more connected riding experience. And with aluminium side plates and a solo seat cover – as well as headlamp-mounted instruments – the XV950 Racer mixes V-twin low rider design with café racer ergonomics to create a new kind of motorcycle.

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Up to the minute technology

To ensure that the XV950 Racer delivers strong engine and chassis performance it is equipped with up to the minute technology, including sophisticated fuel injection with 3D mapping, as well as high efficiency intake and exhaust systems. The advanced braking system features 298mm wavy discs at the front and rear, with ABS as standard.

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Purpose-built front and rear suspension

The suspension systems have been developed to give the XV950 Racer a sports handling character with a high degree of riding comfort. New forks give 144mm of travel and feature protective boots, while the twin rear piggyback gas shocks offer 116mm of travel which – together with the wide 150-section rear tyre – ensure a smooth ride.

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Ready to customize

Owning the XV950 Racer is just the beginning of the story, because everything about this unique new motorcycle is designed to inspire you to make it your own. Yamaha offer a wide range of Genuine Accessories developed specifically for this bike, enabling you to customize this handsome V-twin to suit your lifestyle and express your individuality.

Technical specifications


Engine type
4-stroke, air-cooled, 4-valves, SOHC, V-type 2-cylinder
Bore x stroke
85.0 mm x 83.0 mm
Compression ratio
9.0 : 1
Maximum power
38.3 kW (52.1PS) @ 5,500 rpm
Maximum Torque
79.5 Nm (8.1 kg-m) @ 3,000 rpm
Lubrication system
Wet sump
Clutch Type
Wet, Multiple Disc
Fuel Injection
Ignition system
Starter system
Transmission system
Constant Mesh, 5-speed
Final transmission


Double cradle
Front travel
135 mm
Caster Angle
130 mm
Front suspension system
Telescopic forks, Ø 41 mm
Rear suspension system
Rear Travel
110 mm
Front brake
Hydraulic single disc, Ø 298 mm
Rear brake
Hydraulic single disc, Ø 298 mm
Front tyre
100/90-19M/C 57H (Tubeless)
Rear tyre
150/80B16M/C 71H (Tubeless)


Overall length
2,295 mm
Overall width
775 mm
Overall height
1,160 mm max 1,430 mm
Seat height
765 mm
1,570 mm
Minimum ground clearance
135 mm
Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank)
251 kg
Fuel tank capacity
12 L
Oil tank capacity
4.3 L