A Sneek Peek at the 2013 Yamaha Raider Models

Yamaha rolled out its Star Motorcycles line in 2005 to help brand its cruisers separately from its sportbikes and dirt bikes.  For 2013 Yamaha offers three models in the chopper-like Raider family, one of them, the Raider SCL, brand new for 2013.

Raider SCL

To give customizers a head start, Yamaha introduced the Star Custom Line of factory custom bikes for the 2012 model year with the Raider SCL.  Bearing the same name, but all new for 2013, is the extremely limited edition Raider SCL.  To call the Raider SCL a limited edition model is something of an understatement; Yamaha will produce only 500 of the performance cruisers.

2013 Yamaha Raider SCL

The first thing to catch your eye on the 2013 Raider SCL is the exquisite paint job.  Yamaha developed a new Crimson Red paint especially for this model.  Skilled craftsmen hand paint each of the 500 models, accenting the rich red with Intense Black.

A two-tone genuine leather seat adds to the custom looks of the Raider SCL.  The seat features an embroidered SCL logo with matching beige stitching and crocodile-pattern embossing.  Yamaha claims that each seat will age uniquely, giving it its own sense of character so that no two Raider SCL models will look alike.

Each fuel tank gets an exclusive SCL badge attached to its top.  The metal badge serves to remind every Raider SCL owner that there are only another 499 models in existence.  Yamaha teamed with Performance Machine to develop custom five-spoke chrome wheels with matching chrome pulley and chrome belt guard.  The custom look extends to the stainless steel mesh throttle cables and brake and clutch lines on the Raider SCL.

With the first ever six-degree yoke angle on a street-legal Star, the Raider SCL has a chopper inspired look with neutral handling.  A 33-degree rake angle combined with the six-degree yoke produces a total rake of 39 degrees with 102 mm of trail.  The solo rear shock is hidden from view, giving the Raider SCL a classic hardtail look.

An air-cooled, fuel-injected, 1,854 cc, 16-valve, OHV, 48-degree V-Twin with a compression ratio of 9.5:1 powers the 2013 Star Raider SCL.  Each valve is pushrod activated and has two spark plugs for maximum combustion efficiency.  Each cylinder has ceramic-composite plating for increased heat dissipation and the forged pistons are cooled by oiled jets to increase reliability and the life expectancy of he power plant.  The edges of the cooling fins are custom machined to enhance the beauty of the engine.

Power is delivered to the rear wheel via a five-speed transmission and belt final drive.  The clutch on the 2013 Raider SCL is lighter than on the 2012 model, taking 20 percent less effort to operate.

The 46 mm, telescopic front forks provide 5.1 inches of travel while the solo rear shock has 3.5 inches of travel.  The front brake lever is integrated into the master cylinder and operates two 298 mm front discs with monoblock calipers.  In the rear is a single 310 mm disc.

A tank-mounted instrument cluster includes analog speedometer and fuel gauge plus digital dual tripmeters, odometer and self diagnostics.

That custom, two-tone leather seat is a comfortable 27.4 inches off the ground.  Ground clearance is 5.7 inches and the wheelbase is a stretched out 70.9 inches.  Ready to ride the Raider SCL weighs in at a hefty 750 pounds.  It’ll hold 4.2 gallons of fuel and gets 42 mpg for a range of about 175 miles between fill ups.  Yamaha gives the bike a one-year limited factory warranty.  Base MSRP on the 2013 Raider SCL is $19,990.  You should be able to found the Raider SCL in showrooms in December 2012.

Raider S

The Raider S provided the basic canvas that the Raider SCL was painted on.  It may not have all of the custom features of the SCL, but the Raider S is great looking, easy handling, factory custom in its own right.

2013 Yamaha Raider S

A cast aluminum, double-cradle frame is light weight but manages to provide a balance between rigidity and strength.  Open space under and behind the steering head adds to the chopper styling of the Raider S.  The bike has the same unique six-degree yoke angle as the SCL, providing a combined  39-degree rake angle with 102 mm of trail.  That combination counters the tendency of other raked-out front end bikes to be heavy steering.

The Raider S sports plenty of chrome.  Triple clamps, fork sliders, air box and engine covers, headlight housing and handlebar risers are among the chrome features.  Pullback handlebars, low slung seat, fat rear tire and hidden rear shock all add to the custom performance cruiser looks of the Raider S.

The engine on the Raider S is an air-cooled, fuel-injected, eight valve, OHV, 48-degree V-Twin with a compression ratio of 9.5:1.  Torque is boosted through the midrange of the powerband by the two-into-one-into-two exhaust with Yamaha’s Exhaust Ultimate Power valve.

Suspension is provided by a 46 mm telescopic front fork with 5.1 inches of travel and an adjustable solo rear shock has 3.5 inches of travel.  The front brake master cylinder has an integrated lever controlling the dual 298 mm front discs with monoblock calipers.  In the rear there’s a single 310 mm disc brake.

The sculpted rider’s seat sits 27.4 inches off the ground.  Wheelbase is 70.9 inches and the wet weight is 730 pounds.  Fuel capacity is 4.2 gallons and the Raider gets a claimed 42 mpg.  It comes with Yamaha’s standard one-year limited factory warranty.  Color options are Candy Red or Pearl White.  Base MSRP on the 2013 Yamaha Raider S is $15,690.  This bike should be on your local dealer’s showroom floor now.

Raider

Inspired by custom choppers, the base model of the Raider family is also the dark horse, sporting plenty of blacked-out styling cues and less chrome than the other models in the line.  The headlight shell and body, turn signal bodies, lower fork legs and handlebar clamps, all black.  Also blacked-out on the Raider are the upper and lower triple clamps, handlebar switches, front brake calipers and the clutch and brake master cylinders.  Wheel accents are black and brushed aluminum and the engine covers are black with some chrome accents.

2013 Yamaha Raider

The same air-cooled, fuel-injected, 1,854 cc, eight valve, OHV, 48-degree V-Twin with a compression ratio of 9.5:1 that powers the other models is on the 2013 Raider.  A hidden, adjustable rear shock has 3.5 inches of travel and the 46 mm, telescopic front fork has 5.1 inches of travel.  Front brakes are dual 298 mm hydraulic discs and the rear brake is single 310 mm disc.

Seat height on the Raider is 27.4 inches, wheelbase is 70.9 inches.  The Raider has a ready-to-ride weight of 730 pounds, a 4.2 gallon fuel capacity and gets 42 mpg.  The Raider is available in Raven (what else for this blacked-out custom?) and comes with a one-year limited factory warranty. The 2013 Yamaha Raider has a base MSRP of $14,890 and is available now.

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A Look at the 2013 Yamaha V Star Models

Yamaha markets its cruiser motorcycles under the Star Motorcycles banner in the United States.  There are 17 models in Star’s 2013 lineup; seven of them are categorized as V Star models.

V Star 1300 Deluxe

Brand new for 2013, Yamaha is calling the 1300 Deluxe the first production mid-size bagger.  Equipped with all the traditional bagger features, the 1300 Deluxe is the first with an engine in the mid-sized displacement category.  The 2013 V Star Deluxe is powered by a 1,304 cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, SOHC, eight-valve, 60-degree V-Twin engine.  Thanks in large part to the 9.5:1 compression ratio, the 1300 Deluxe delivers lots of power and has a distinctive exhaust note.

2013 Yamaha V Star 1300 Deluxe

The engine’s short stroke, 83 mm combined with a 100 mm bore, and 60-degree cylinder angle combine to make the engine shorter and more compact.  This allowed Yamaha designers to give the bike a lower center of gravity which makes handling more responsive.  Though it’s liquid-cooled, the V Star 1300 Deluxe has the clean looks of an air-cooled bike, with cooling fins and a water pump that’s integrated with the oil pump.  The radiator is mounted between the frame’s front down tubes and hoses are hidden to further enhance the look.

The brand new 2013 V Star 1300 Deluxe looks every bit the full-dress touring bike.  It has a fork-mounted fairing with a tall windshield, and locking hard saddle bags that each hold 7.6 gallons of cargo.  The fairing and bags are color-matched to the frame.  Yamaha included plenty of extras as standard equipment on the 1300 Deluxe that higher-end baggers offer only as options.  There are dual speakers mounted in the fairing along with an integrated in-dash audio system that’s compatible with the rider’s iPod or iPhone.  A Garmin zumo 665 GPS system is standard equipment, also mounted in the dash.  The Garmin zumo was made specifically for motorcycles and features lane-assist, 3D building view, Bluetooth capability and optional XM satellite radio and weather and traffic.  A subscription is needed to activate the XM radio functions.

Rider floorboards include a heel-toe shifter for riding comfort and ease of shifting through the five-speed transmission.  The 1300 Deluxe has a belt final drive.  The instrument cluster is mounted on the handlebars and features an analog speedometer and digital readouts for odometer, dual tripmeters, clock, and indicator lights for the self-cancelling turn signals, low fuel, low oil level, coolant temperature, high beams and neutral.

Controls for the audio system and changing the functions on the instrument panel are all mounted on the handlebars so riders don’t need to take their hands off the bars.  The rider’s seat has a dish shape for added comfort on long rides.  And the generator puts out 460 watts to handle most electrical accessories.

The seat height on the V Star 1300 Deluxe is 27.2 inches and the wheelbase is 66.5 inches.  A 41 mm telescopic front fork with 5.3 inches of travel and a single rear shock with 4.3 inches of travel make up the suspension system.  The brakes are 298 mm hydraulic disc, with two up front and one in the rear.  Fuel capacity is 4.9 gallons.  Yamaha has not yet released gas mileage stats or info on the bike’s weight.

The 2013 V Star 1300 Deluxe carries a one year limited factory warranty.  Yamaha offers one color for 2013, Deep Blue.  The bike is expected to be in dealers’ showrooms by February 2013 with a base MSRP of $13,690.

V Star 1300 and 1300 Tourer

The Yamaha V Star 1300 and 1300 Tourer share an engine with the 1300 Deluxe.  It’s a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, SOHC, eight-valve, 1,304 cc, 60-degree V-Twin powerplant with a compression ratio of 9.5:1.  The 1300 Tourer comes standard with three of the most popular touring add-ons, a windshield, passenger backrest, and leather-wrapped, lockable hard saddlebags.

2013 Yamaha V Star 1300 Deluxe

Both of the V Star 1300 models feature classic cruiser styling and features.  There are rider floorboards with a heel-toe-shifter, pull-back handlebars for a relaxed riding position, seven-spoke aluminum wheels and a dish shaped seat for added comfort.

The specs on both models are identical, with the exception of the weight.  The 1300 Tourer tips the scale at 712 pounds ready to ride while the V Star 1300 comes in at 668 pounds.  Both bikes have dual 298 mm hydraulic disc front brakes and a single 298 mm hydraulic disc rear brake.  Each has a five-speed transmission with belt final drive.  A 41 mm telescopic front fork with 5.3 inches of travel and a single rear shock absorber with 4.3 inches of travel provide suspension.

The seat height on each of the V Star 1300 models is 27.2 inches and the wheelbase is 66.5 inches.  The tank holds 4.9 gallons of fuel and the bikes are rated at 42 mpg combined highway and city.  That gives each model a riding range of around 200 miles on a single tank of gas.

Yamaha gives both models its standard one year, limited factory warranty.  The 2013 V Star 1300 is available in Raven with a base MSRP of $11,190.  The 2013 V Star 1300 Tourer comes in Candy Red and carries an MSRP of $12,290.  Both models should be at dealerships now.

V Star 950 and 950 Tourer

Like the larger V Star 1300 and 1300 Tourer, the 2013 V Star 950 and 950 Tourer are identical motorcycles with the exception of the addition of touring accessories as standard equipment on the 950 Tourer.  The Tourer gets a windshield, passenger backrest and leather-wrapped, lockable, hard saddlebags.

2013 Yamaha V Star 950

Both models in the 2013 V Star 950 lineup have a 942 cc, air-cooled, fuel-injected, four-valve, SOHC, 60-degree, V-Twin engine with a compression ratio of 9.0:1.  Yamaha refers to these middle-weight cruisers as “entry level,” though there are smaller bikes in the 2013 Star lineup.  Maybe they’re “light-middleweights” since Yamaha calls the 1300 models middleweights.  Regardless of how you categorize the 950 models, they’re big enough for experienced riders to take on a multi-day trip, but handle easily enough for beginning riders.

These bikes feature classic cruiser styling with rider floorboards and heel-toe-shifter, steel fenders front and back and a long, low chassis.  Seat height is only 26.6 inches, so riders of any experience level can confidently get both feet firmly on the ground at a stop.

The transmission is a five-speed with belt final drive.  Brakes are hydraulic disc, with a 320 mm disc in the front and a 298 mm disc in back.  The telescopic front fork with 5.3 inches of travel and a single rear shock with 4.3 inches of travel provide suspension.  Wheelbase is 66.3 inches.

With a 4.5 gallon fuel tank and estimated 47 mpg, combined highway and city, the range on the V Star 950 models is right around 210 miles.  Both come with Yamaha’s standard one year limited factory warranty.  For 2013 the V Star 950 is available in Raven or Pearl White and carries a base MSRP of $8,950.  The 2013 V Star 950 Tourer comes in Raven or Candy Red with an MSRP of $9,690.  Both models should be at your local dealer now.

V Star Custom

Yamaha dubs the V Star Custom the “lightest of the full-size Stars.”  The Custom has a 649 cc, air-cooled, SOHC, four-valve engine with a 9.0:1 compression ratio.  Two 28 mm Mikuni CV carburetors deliver the fuel.  The Custom has a five-speed transmission and is the only model in the 2013 V Star lineup with a shaft final drive.

2013 Yamaha V Star Custom

The 2013 V Star Custom sports plenty of classic cruiser styling cues, from the teardrop fuel tank, bobbed rear fender, narrow spoked front wheel and lots of chrome.  The single rear shock is hidden beneath the fender for a retro hardtail look.  And the tank-mounted speedo also has an odometer, tripmeter and indicator lights for turn signals, high beam and neutral.

The suspension system includes the hidden rear shock with adjustable preload and 3.4 inches of travel along with the 41 mm telescopic front fork with 5.5 inches of travel.  There’s a 298 mm hydraulic disc front brake and 200 mm drum rear brake.  Seat height on the Custom is 27.4 inches and wheelbase is 63.4 inches.  The wet weight is 514 pounds.  With an estimated 49 mpg and a 4.2 gallon fuel tank the range on the Custom is around 200 miles between fill ups.

The 2013 V Star Custom has Yamaha’s standard one year limited factory warranty.  It’s available in Raven with an MSRP of $6,990.

V Star 250

For years this motorcycle was called the Virago, and it’s been one of the most popular entry-level cruisers since it was introduced.  But its small size doesn’t mean it’s only for beginners.  This is fun-to-ride, easy-to-handle bike that makes a lot of sense for commuters who do a lot of in-city riding.

2013 Yamaha V Star 250

The 2013 V Star 250 features a 249 cc, air-cooled, four-valve, SOHC, 60-degree V-Twin engine with a single 26 mm Mikuni carburetor and a 10.0:1 compression ratio.  It has a five-speed transmission and chain final drive.

There’s a single 282 mm hydraulic disc brake in front and 130 mm drum brake in the rear.  The 33 mm front fork has 5.5 inches of travel while dual rear shocks with adjustable preload provide 3.9 inches of travel.

Seat height on the V Star 250 is 27 inches, wheelbase is 58.7 inches.  The bike has a wet weight of 326 pounds.  While it only has a fuel capacity of 2.4 gallons, it gets an estimated 78 mpg, giving riders just over 185 miles on a single tank of gas.

The standard one year limited factory warranty comes with the V Star 250.  For 2013 the V Star 250 is available in Deep Blue and carries an MSRP of $4,290.  It should be in showrooms now.

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2013 Honda Fit Overview

Honda is continuing its Fit model for the 2013 automotive year. Building on its already reliable and subcompact line, this year’s model has some notable features and improvements exclusive to 2013. Along with maintaining its roomy, economical and no frills approach to operating and maintaining a car, it has an even greater layer of insulation which keeps unnecessary sounds out when driving. Available in only two options for 2013, Base and Sport, Honda has chosen to keep things simple and focus on delivering a great subcompact car at a great price for customers.

Looking at the exterior one might be delightfully surprised after taking a full survey of it from bumper to bumper. First looks show that the 2013 Honda Fit has a tiny nose, if at all. The top of the car has a noticeable but extremely gradual arc extending all the way to the tiny spoiler on top of the back window of the car. The lines of this arc give onlookers a subliminal message of beauty. More flattering attributes include its brand new black-bezeled headlights that work seamlessly with an expansive, coarser-textured grille to create a uniform visual unit. The peripheral side pods running across the lower air opening give the appearance of the caring having an additional grille with a reduced fog-light.

The 2013 Honda Fit is not lacking any sort of safety features. The chassis is specially designed to withstand the crushing forces of a motor vehicle accident. With its frame rails built in a polygonal designed, engineers have found out that this design most effectively dissipates energy from an accident throughout the car; this design enables the car to sustain damages and not the driver and passengers inside. Through the bowed crossmember, located beneath the dashboard, the bumper and sheetmetal in the foreground of the windshield are all specifically designed to bend and soak up the energy in place of occupants sustaining injuries.

Other safety features, standard on all models for 2013, include side, front and side curtain airbags. Seat belt pretensioners, anti-lock brakes, an electronic stability control system and specially engineered seat belt pretensioners are all included to keep passengers safe and injuries to a minimum.

2013 Honda Fit Exterior

Whatever model you end up choosing, either the Base or the Sport, a 1.5-litre engine is the only engine available for this car. It still packs plenty of power with its 117 horsepower able to reach up to 6600 rpm, while it can produce 4800 rpm at 106 lb-ft of torque. Reviewers have said, time and time again, that this small but mighty engine packs plenty of power, even for climbs up steep hills and passing on the highway. The Base model, with a five-speed manual transmission, gets up to 28 mpg around town and 35 miles driving on the freeway. The Base model is also available in a five-speed automatic transmission. The Sport model, with your choice of a five-speed manual, automatic or automatic transmission with navigation, gets on average 27 miles per gallon in the city and 33 per gallon on the highway.

There are countless amenities and features worth noting on the 2013 Honda Fit. Through its elongate dashboard, to the windshield, the Honda Fit comes off as a larger car. There is also bigger than average legroom in this car, which is due to the rake windshield. Sneak-peak drivers have also discovered the large greenhouse design and massive mirrors. These two options provide drivers of any stature the ability to see in virtually any direction, which is attributed to the lengthwise and minimally obstructed rear glass. Parking is a breeze, even in the smallest of parking spaces.

There are even more features that give you the versatility of a small car with the storage of a large car. The rear seats are able to be folded forward and flattened to increase and maximize cargo space. This car is so versatile that the forward passenger seat reclines back and forth almost completely so you can transport a canoe in this car – talk about storage! The seats come upholstered in factory black fabric that is very smooth to touch and it is affixed to the seats with top-notch bolstering. Some reviewers have even said that these seats are sports car worthy. There is plenty of storage for cargo inside the car for luggage and goodies on the go with its plethora of cupholders and storage areas above, below and to the side of seating areas. Compared to Toyota’s Yaris, Ford’s Fiesta and the Mazda2, the 2013 Honda Fit is number one for back legroom.

2013 Honda Fit Interior

Looking at the 2013 Honda Fit, there are a wide variety of options and models. There are two different models with three total trims. There is the Base model and the Sport model which is available with and without the Navigation label. Main differences between the two models and the three total options are based on standard and optional equipment, including technology add-ons. The Sport trim model also offers wheels that are an inch bigger than the Base model’s.

Standard features on both the Base and Sport models are quite extensive. Gauges and instrumentation include an odometer, a trip specific odometer, an option to measure the average miles per gallon on-demand, and how much life is left to the engine’s oil. Other factory components feature 15-inch wheels, a universal receptacle for portable music players, a USB port and a 160-watt speaker/stereo system with quad speakers. There is also cruise control and keyless entry for every 2013 model.

Summing up the 2013 Honda Fit is quite easy. Honda has built the 2013 Fit to be the perfect mix of comfort, fuel efficiency, good looks, luxury and safety. Honda has not skimped one iota on its engineering know-how, turning this car into a great overall value. Looking at the long list of safety features, to its enormous storage capacity to its great looks and fuel efficiency, the Fit is the “perfect fit” for a wide cross section of consumers. Even though is price starts in the low $15,00s and reaches almost $20,000 for the Base, Sport and Sport Navigation models respectively, is it well worth what is under the hood, inside and added to keep its occupants safe.