the New XVS950A Midnight Star
UK's website) The handsome new XVS950A Midnight Star is Yamaha's latest addition to our head-turning cruiser line up. Powered by a gutsy V-twin engine, and equipped with a low seat height and a full-sized, easy-handling chassis, the long-and-low Midnight Star 950 is designed for the rider who wants heavyweight looks and lightweight feel. At the heart of the Midnight Star 950 is a newly-designed 942cc air-cooled 4-valve engine featuring a compact
V-twin configuration. Featuring an uneven firing interval of 300º and
degrees, this belt-drive V-twin delivers a powerful pulse feeling – and the gutsy engine character is accentuated by the fact that no balancer shaft is fitted. With its XV1900-influenced
'new style classic' bodywork and large-diameter 18-inch front wheel, the Midnight Star 950 offers heavyweight looks with lightweight handling.
For even more
information, videos, and pictures go to this link.
Also, the January
09 issue of BIKE magazine has a full review of this new bike - Go on get a copy
and see what you might be missing out on.
Custom Show (part 2)
Following the Judging at the recent Doncaster Custom Car and Bike show we are pleased to announce that our own Nick Lappage
gained another somewhat unusual trophy gaining a 4th place in a very high standard contest with the 30 + bikes that were on show for the judges scrutiny.
A large group from the
VSOC were there to congratulate Nick in gaining this award.
The Green Harley took the top award,
Not as good as
getting a snog from Samantha Janus though.... pictured getting Best Paintwork
trophy at Brightona 2008 (ed)
Can I just say a big "THANK YOU" to all the VSOC members who attended the "Doncaster Custom Show" and helped out on the club stand over the
weekend. We had a great time and got lots of enquiries from potential new members who had never heard of us and a new member for C9 (thanks to Rachel)...The new look stand was well
received by all.
Following the Judging at the recent Doncaster Custom Car and Bike show we are pleased to announce that our own Nick Lappage Gained another somewhat unusual trophy gaining a 4th place in a very high standard contest with the 30 + bikes that were on show for the judges scrutiny.
A large group from the vsoc were there to congratulate Nick in gaining this award.
The Green Harley took the top award,
Centre 11 would
like to thank all members of the V.S.O.C. for their support at the packhorse pub
on the 27th September 2008. We would also like to thank mad products and JCS
clothing for their generosity with raffle prizes.
The total for Centre
11 fund-raising evening was £666.57 this is a fantastic effort we would like to thank everyone for their support.
DVD from International Rally Finland
At last the DVD is ready.( They student who made it had
But now you can order it for only 15 €
/disc plus postage.
Send me your address and tell me how many you will have.
Thank you, see you all next summer, the season is over here...
10300 Karjaa FIN
email [email protected]
tel. +358 40 709 5468
Members: Let your Centre rep or Janet Butterworth (Clatter editor) know
you want one. Once Janet knows how many we want, she will work out a way to send the money over there and how to get them
back to you. It's suggested that we just get them all sent to Janet and
she will send them on to Centre reps or individuals.
and Kev Villiers Wedding News
After a very successful
wedding for Kev and Jen Villiers and the Yorkies bonding party we would also like to thank the 300+
VSOC and guests that traveled up to Yorkshire, for a fantastic weekend at Doncaster Rugby
club. The couple had many surprises in store over the weekend as you can see by the
photos and to their surprise local papers and Yorkshire television wanted their story.
Please check out the following links:
please be patient with this footage,as the 3min footage is at the end. Terry and all the
and from Jen and Kev Villiers
We would just like to say a huge THANK YOU to everybody who attended the Yorkies bonding party and our wedding. Words are not enough to say how grateful we both are. Without the fantastic turn out the weekend would not have been anywhere as memorable. Money could not buy what we experienced and it was all thanks to the amazing VSOC members.
from Helen and Tony
Just got back from honeymoon (3000 mile trip around France and Spain) and wanted to say a big thank you to all those who turned out to our wedding even in the pouring rain and made Helens day perfect (and mine too !) Luckily the sun came out as we got there and all went fantastic,
couldn't have wished for better...also a big thank you to John Evans and all at C19 for letting us invade their rally and for the great gifts and to everyone for the cards and gifts we
received... made us proud to be part of such a great club...THANK YOU !!!
Helen & Tony
Invitation to ride a motorcycle in Colombia
Cordial greetings YCC friends around the world and loving our beautiful and powerful Yamaha Custom.
I Carlos Julio Acevedo Arroyave and Isabel Zapata Mejía, presidents of Yamaha Custom Club, we invite you to ride a motorcycle in our beautiful country, the
second happiest in the world and with very beautiful women, as the second Miss Universe. I want to know how many people would like you to come to our country in
July of 2010 for 20 days to film a beautiful sites in our geography.
I want to know how many people can come with their motorcycles by ship or plane to Colombia and here only have to pay for their food, everything else will be free, fuel, asleep, entry to parks and cultural sites among others.
We will have free a big bus for people who want to take a break or rest, a truck to transport materials around the country, technical service professional and an ambulance.
You can send their motorcycles by ship and air travel and Colombia will receive their Yamaha motorcycles at the port and will be received 1 or 2 days later by you.
We can also travel with their motorcycles in air.
We invite them to spend the best vacation of their lives, as it did our friend Cindy Florez Kentucky USA.
We hope all people wishing to come or if it is not possible, a representative from each of the YCC in Europe and Mexico, and other
Yamaha clubs in the world .
After this experience You are welcome and guests again in the year 2014 to return to Colombia and then travel by motorcycle to Brazil for the World Cup .
Excuse my English is not very good
I hope you please reply.
Colombia is passion http://mx.youtube.com/watch?v=pXtvGsYS0UM
ISABEL ZAPATA MEJIA
CARLOS JULIO ARROYAVE ACEVEDO
Yamaha Custom Club Colombia
Cel. 3202315961. Cel 3173243424
7th July 08
Friends Yamaha Custom Club Sweden, Finland, Norway, Belgium, Denmarc and México, invite you to look at some pictures encounter Medellin - Colombia the YCCC
I would like a comment in the guestbook in:
Thanks for your help.
CARLOS JULIO ARROYAVE ACEVEDO
Yamaha Custom Club Colombia
23rd June 08
Custom Group - Europe
Just to put you in the picture, I attended the International Meeting in Finland recently whereby the main topic of conversation surrounded Yamaha.
To this end, collectively we have founded "Yamaha Custom Group - Europe". Countries involved are: Holland, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland & the UK.
The aim of the group is to unite and tackle Yamaha head-on to encourage and entice them to manufacture & import a variety of models into the European market. The lack of models seriously impacts on the success of all our clubs and has detrimental effects on all countries getting new members on board.
Yamaha Europe is based in Amsterdam so it was decided that Peter Lucas who is the VSCN's club secretary in Holland, should head the group as our "Representative". This makes sense due to geographics as well as
Peter's excellent use of the English language which is essential between all clubs.
Peter's initial focus will be to meet Yamaha in Amsterdam and encourage them to recognise our group who currently represent 6500 members.
Next steps will be to tackle the limited models Yamaha produce for our markets. Yamaha Scandinavia also answer to Yamaha Europe.
If anyone feels there are questions we should ask Yamaha Europe please filter them through me.
There will be a Yamaha Custom Group website in time, so watch this space.
Personally, this does seem to be a positive move for all clubs, as all Yamaha Importers report to Yamaha Europe.
President - Virago Star Owners Club
Tel: 01438 316095
Mob: 07711 073477
e-mail: [email protected]
19th June 08
Hi my name is Chris. I live in Yeadon, currently a firefighter in Leeds and am a biker of many years and many bikes. My business started after being ripped off whilst broken down, and has gone on from there and now includes many trips to the Nurburgring. I have a web site currently under construction
I offer a first class service in the event of a mishap or if you have a meet, ride out, trip, I can follow carrying extra equipment
i.e. tents or arrange to provide cover for your members, then everybody gets there and home and you certainly wont feel fleeced.
28th May 08
Possible Problems with Insurance Database
The following paragraph which appeared in BMF Campaigner might affect some of you so here it is:
A problem with rider only and multi-bike insurance policies has meant that many members' motorcycles are not listed in the official insurance database
). Police are beginning to make more use of this database in stop and seize operations so make sure your bike is listed. If not, please contact your insurance company urgently and also contact Cathy Phillpotts ([email protected]) outlining the problem using the subject line
I used the askmid bit to check all our bike registrations and mine wasn't there. You might want to check yours.
Hi all. Just a
short note to say what a great time we all had at the BMF this year. Tony Santos
and all his assistants did a great job in setting up the VSOC tent. Particularly
well I might say as it looked fab. And the judges thought so too, since the VSOC
won a trophy for runner up
Best National One Make Club Stand. WELL
DONE!!!! It was presented at the stand by Anna Zee, (Chair of the BMF) to a
quite bemused Mr. Santos.
In case you
didn't see the stand, Tony has made up a few new boards that show the range of
club shirts, patches and rally patches - but he'd like more. If you have any
spare. please send one to him.
Here's a picture
of Tony and the trophy inside the stand.
19th May 08
on Route 66?
Have the holiday of a lifetime.
Route 66 on a Harley-Davidson from Chicago to Santa Monica in August 2009?
In August 2005, Susan and I enjoyed a wonderful holiday cruising part of the Historic Route 66, the Mother of all roads!
We would now love to ride what is left of this road from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica Pier, California. Who better to do this with than a group of like minded friends?
If this sounds like something you would like to do then I am hoping to arrange a group booking with H-C Travel for August next year.
(H C Travel)
Riding across the Old West Indian Country
Breath-taking views of the Grand Canyon
Crossing the Devil's Playground to the Mojave Dessert
Visiting the authentic Old Wild West town of Oatman
Averaging 200 miles a day!
Approx Cost: Rider & Pillion £3700, Solo Rider £2845
Includes: tour guide, accommodation, bike hire & insurance (bike), baggage & support vehicle
Excludes: flights (approx £700 pp), travel insurance, meals, drinks & fuel
These prices are a guide only, confirmation of actual cost will be provided on booking.
Then please contact Roger Went
email: [email protected]
and have a look on H-C Travel web site www.hctravel.com
(USA & Canada
6th May 08
I don't know if this would interest the users of your website....
A friend of mine was stopped in his car by the police, as they said he had no insurance. (Auto registration number check from a camera in a van by the side of the road, followed by a police bike chasing after him.) He did have insurance but his insurance company had failed to put his details on the Motor Insurance Database. They took his car away on a trailer etc. You might want to check to see if your details are on the database. (It's the same one the police use) See:
You might also want to check to see if the police think you have a current MOT. (You will need an old MOT number, but the police don't.) See:
Whilst your doing all this checking, see what the DVLA knows about your vehicle, and when the tax disc is due etc. Click on 'Vehicle Enquiry' and enter your details:
Regards to all - Andrew Gadd
2nd May 08
Lappage's Winning Bike
Just a quicky to say what a fab time I had at the London International Custom Show. It was held at Earls Court on 25th to 27th April and had some great machinery on display. Even better was that my new custom bike had made its first showing and grabbed a great deal of interest.
It's a 2007 registered one off custom bike with frame and sheet metal by some company in Chesterfield. Engine: Yamaha XV1600A
- now a 1795cc polished and diamond profiled. Intake: Spike Air filter on Mikuni 45HSR polished carb. Paint: Percy Badbrush Dezigns. Wheels: Caroline Custom Battle Axe. Handlebars and speedo: Climax Cycle Controls. Forks: Storz Performance. Yokes: Phil's Choppershack. Rear Suspension: Tricky Air. Seat: Outback Saddles. Side Mount Plate/LED rear light: Alloy Art. Various Parts: Thunderbike. Electrics and Build: Joe
It's taken nearly five years to get this project on the road so I’m eager to show the UK what can be done with the best (in my opinion) Japanese air cooled V-Twin engine so far, so you may not see me at all the rallies this year, but I will be making it to some
so there's my advanced apologies for my absence.
Anyway, the real reason for writing is to say a big thanks to those who voted for my bike at the show. The result of all my hard work is that I was presented with Best Low Rider and Joint 1st Place for Best In Show. I now have two big trophies on our
See you all soon.
18th April 08
Friends of YCC in the world.
I want to share two videos of our foundation and first activity in Colombia YCCC.
We need your help and support to continue growing in this activity that unites us as brothers
I invite on the following link:
ISABEL ZAPATA MEJÍA
YAMAHA CUSTOM CLUB COLOMBIA
4th April 08
Since taking on the roll of Events Organiser I have implemented some changes so as to get our Owners Club known and have enclosed some photos of how the VSOC trailer looked and how it looks now thanks to Athena Signs here in Hull
I thought the members should see what their hard earned money is spent on...
Tony Santos (Events Officer)
3rd April 08
Gets New Biker Friendly Service Areas
Gets New Biker-Friendly Service Areas
Thanks to BMF representations, motorcyclists are set to benefit
from the provision of secure motorcycle parking bays and the free use of
clothing lockers at motorway and major trunk road service areas.
The announcement by the Highways Agency, contained in their
Service Areas and Other Roadside Facilities on Motorways and All-Purpose
Trunk Roads in England', follows a consultation process last year in
which the British Motorcyclists Federation asked for such facilities
when service areas were being planned or developed.
The policy now adopted fully meets with the BMF's requested
"Operators should provide dedicated signed parking spaces for
motorcyclists, enabling the rider to secure the bike to a sound
structure. They should be located close to the amenity block for
security reasons. A number of free lockers should be provided for
storage of helmets and clothing, so that riders may rest
The BMF also welcomes a new policy on service area spacing based on
median traffic speeds of 30 minutes traveling time between service
Commenting, Chris Hodder, the BMF's Government Relations Executive
"Its good to see the authorities responding the needs of road users
and particularly motorcyclists. These new facilities will be a boon to
those of us who travel long distances by motorcycle".
'Policy On Service Areas And Other Roadside Facilities On
Motorways And All-Purpose Trunk Roads In England' can be found at:
The policy applies to all new facilities and to any sites which wish to
increase their floor space by 50 per cent or more. Relevant sections
will also apply when any specific elements of existing services are
redeveloped, such as parking or toilets
Issued by Jeff Stone: t: 0121 709 1040 m: 07802 763094 e:
Details on this and other BMF activities can also be found on our web site:
© 2007 British Motorcyclists Federation
27th March 08
Groups from The North Stars / CAT /
Yorkies / lost riders / and Centre 8 braved the ridiculous weather forecast and headed for the East Leeds Lions Rally in Yorkshire, with over 1000 attending this event its always worth making the effort, the reason for writing this, is that a Virago trike won : best trike and the coveted best in
show. It was up against some awesome bikes, and its a credit to the virago range and the owner to win these awards.
Sadly the owner is not a member of the
VSOC, but he has been informed of the club and what's events are coming in 2008,
Keep those viragos on the road, they are respected.
Terry (Centre 5, Yorkies rep)
18th February 08
Available from Spares Stockist in Holland
I am a small trader based in the Netherlands (Amsterdam), I have a large
selection of classic Japanese bikes and parts for sale. There is a large
selection of bikes in various conditions (bad to very good).
I can supply parts for most Japanese models from the mid-seventies to
late-nineties. This includes two and four strokes.
All inquiries I shall try to send photos on e-mail
For more information please contact me at [email protected]
or Tel +31 652 116 890
15th February 08
From the website www.starmotorcycles.com
there are three videos, loads of pictures and a load more information on the new
model. Take a look and see if you can import one.
newest Star was inspired by the custom chopper movement, but since
it's a Star, it had to also handle, stop and go.
the addition of this machine, the Star line offers the most diverse
line of custom V-twins on the planet.
(1854cc) air-cooled, pushrod 48-degree V-twin pumps out max torque at
just 2500 rpm and max power at 4500 rpm for powerful, relaxed
pushrod-activated valves and two spark plugs per cylinder provide
optimum combustion efficiency along with classically beautiful engine
cylinders and forged pistons cooled by oil jets provide outstanding
reliability and long life. Twin counterbalancers keep things smooth
compression ratio and aggressive cam timing increase power output
across the board.
twin-bore, fuel injection monitors multiple engine parameters to
calculate perfect mixture under all conditions; wide-angle 12-hole
fuel injectors provide excellent atomization.
3.5-liter airbox is hidden in the area behind the fuel tank for great
performance and a custom, airy look.
exhaust with Exhaust Ultimate Power valve (EXUP) inside boosts torque
in the 2500-3500 rpm range.
custom-machining of the cooling fin edges gives a jewel-like
appearance to the engine as light hits it from different angles.
design all-aluminum cast frame is light, rigid and tuned for light,
athletic handling. A light, Controlled-Fill, aluminum swingarm casting
complements the bike's lithe style.
sculpted seat holds the rider in place, and pullback bars reach back
to enforce a casual, urban cruising style.
6-degree yoke angle
the first ever on a street-legal Star
makes it possible to achieve that custom look as well as
natural handling and straight-line cruisability: 34-degree rake plus 6
degrees yoke angle gives total rake of 40 degrees and 102mm of trail,
while bringing the fork closer to the steering axis.
5-spoke wheels carry a 120/70-21-inch bias tire up front, and a wide,
210/40-18 radial out back
the tallest and widest ever on a Star.
fork tubes serve up an excellent ride and a sweet appearance through
5.1 inches of wheel travel.
tucked-out-of-sight single shock out back provides a smooth ride under
seamless fuel tank carries a full 4.1 gallons of fuel.
brake master cylinder with integrated lever operates a pair of 298mm
front discs squeezed by strong monoblock calipers for excellent power
and feel, with a 310mm disc out back.
light and narrow belt final drive contains embedded carbon fiber for
even greater strength.
harness uses lightweight AVSS wires, and switchgear wiring is routed
inside the handlebar for a clean appearance.
operated high-beam switch, and right-thumb activated accessory driving
light switch for great visibility.
fit and finish, and Star quality paint, chrome and attention to detail
are evident all over the Raider.
tank-mounted instrumentation complements the custom look, and contains
analog speedometer and fuel gauge, along with twin digital tripmeters,
odometer and self-diagnostics.
multi-reflector headlight, LED taillight and amber turn signals behind
clear lenses give a custom look.
sensor and three-way catalyst reduce emissions.