Yamaha had big plans for the V-Star while it was in development. It takes the place in Yamaha's lineup occupied for 17 years by the Virago 750. To accomplish this goal, the Star needed to be full-sized, not a little bike, certainly not an "entry level" bike. By all rights, the company succeeded. Not a single person on the street that we asked in our informal poll (who wasn't already familiar with the V-Star) guessed a displacement smaller than 1000cc -- most estimated much higher. The quality of the finish, refinement, and attention to detail on the V-Star add to the big-bike (read expensive) image. How many motorcycles costing less than $6000 have self-canceling turn signals? Much less ones that work in a fairly unobtrusive way? How did Yamaha do it? If you look closely, you can find signs of cost savings: the drum brake and the visible pollution controls, for example. Yamaha also used parts from other motorcycles: the 535-based engine, the Royal Star's brake light and turn signals -- even the gas cap. We also shouldn't fail to consider how much a year of exceptional European sales of the Drag Star, a bike which could be the twin of the V-Star Custom, can offset the tooling cost of all parts which the V-Star and the Drag Star share.