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.
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.
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.
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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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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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.
2013 Honda Fit Exterior
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.
2013 Honda Fit Exterior
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.
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.
The 2013 Honda CR-V is the second year that Honda is using its fourth-generation model of the CR-V. It has just become available for sale to the general public as of September 6 and prices start out at about $22,500. Following past year’s model, the 2013 version of this model delivers just as much reliability. Automotive industry insiders believe this year’s model meets and exceeds requirements for interior space, looks, performance and reliability. In short, Honda has once again met and exceeded expectations on virtually every judging criteria.
2013 Honda CR-V Exterior
Some notable highlights include it scoring high for families because it provides a smooth ride with easy to manipulate seats. Other highlights include it being rated extremely safe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The NHTSA gave this car five stars for overall, front and side impact tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave this car a “good” score (its highest rating) and a “Top Safety Pick” award.
When it comes to the vehicle’s body, Honda has engineered it with Japanese precision. Honda’s engineers have designed this year’s model to maximize its fuel efficiency, safety and functionality, all while giving the vehicle an ultra-refined appearance. Designed with a unibody construction, it is complemented with a lightweight suspension system, insulation to minimize noise and an aerodynamic design. It also features rear spoilers and underbody covers that both minimize bothersome noise and improve ride quality.
All different trim models (EX, EX-L and LX) feature generous five-spoke wheels. The EX and the EX-L trim models have 17-inch alloy wheels while the LX trim model has 16-inch steel wheels. Its pronounced bender flares display the SUV’s variable presence and ability to perform. All trim models have an outside Expanded-View Driver’s Mirror that increases visibility by 5-and-a-half degrees, giving a greater area of view with the mirror. Reviewers note that this enhanced mirror system provides an additional level of safety because other vehicles, obstructions and road conditions can be better detected with it.
When it comes to the interior and list of features for the 2013 CR-V, absolutely nothing is spared. Although this vehicle is an SUV, the inside is loaded with countless types of luxuries and amenities and has top-notch utility and flexibility. Even though the vehicle looks average in size, it can comfortably hold 5 adult passengers. All passengers have ample room to be comfortable while keeping plenty of room for storage, including its big center console. There is also ample room on the floor, in overhead compartments and through its expandable storage in the back. Cargo space is not compromised because its seatback effortlessly drops with a pull of a lever.
2013 Honda CR-V Interior
There are also countless interior features that enable you to keep on top of your car’s vitals and enjoy your ride. Real-time measuring instrumentation features the following feedback tools including an overall fuel-economy meter, an on-demand fuel utilization gauge, a miles-to-E gauge, an engine life gauge and other gauges that instantly tell you if there is a problem. Other features include a 160-watt audio system that has both an AM/FM radio and a CD player that is complemented with a four speaker system for the LX trim, while the EX and the EX-L trim models have a six-speaker system.
There are some notable features under the hood and on the exterior of this well-built SUV. There is standard electric power steering that works with both standard VSA and Electric Power Steering to passively detect and correct unstable driving in poor road conditions for both cornering and braking actions. The moment it senses any type of instability, it coaches and prompts the driver with the correct way to steer – this provides drivers with a safer and more confident driving experience. Other features include 17 inch tires that Honda provides standard with aluminum alloy wheels for the EX and the EX-L trim models. The LX model has 16 inch tires that are complemented with 16 inch stamped steel wheels.
The sound system deserves a section on its own because it is so effective with the SUV’s electronic technology. Specifically, the car’s audio system is engineered to work seamlessly with the built-in Internet radio system. This audio system works effortlessly with iPhones and reads SMS text messages from countless compatible phones via the SUV’s speaker system. Using its built-in Bluetooth® phone interface, drivers can place or accept calls hands-free. It is perfect for both safety and legal reasons. The EX-L trim model has an optional rear DVD entertainment system that features a seven-inch screen with a remote for passengers’ entertainment. Other options include the ability to have a navigation system. This vehicle includes an FM Traffic reporting system which gives automatic traffic updates with zero fees required.
The 2013 Honda CR-V has not skimped on anything related to safety. All models include a stabilizing system with a roll-over sensor and an anti-lock brake system with Brake Assist. There are airbags for the operator and side-passenger along with side-curtain and front-side air bags that automatically sense if there is someone in the passenger’s seat. Honda engineers have designed a cutting edge body construction that is specifically constructed to absorb and dissipate the impact from a head-on crash. Other safety features include a pedestrian sensing system.
Honda has developed their engine line for this model based on the best execution for town and highway driving. Their engines are developed to provide the best overall value for consumers because they provide optimal fuel efficiency. All trim models come with 2.4-litre four-cylinder engines that produce 163 foot pounds of torque and 185 horsepower. This engine is compliant with the latest and most stringent California and Federal emission standards. Only available in a five-speed auto transmission, it has proprietary smooth shifting technology along with its own traction system which steadies and provides a little extra “help” for the transmission when travelling up extremely steep hills. Fuel economy is rated 23/31 and 22/30 for the city and highway fuel ratings in that order for the front-wheel-drive (FWD) and all-wheel-drive (AWD) models respectively.
The 2013 model year for hybrid vehicles is certainly showing much more innovation and growth within this budding and sometimes questioned market. The following article is going to first define what a hybrid vehicle is and then segue into some past highlights of the evolution of hybrid vehicles. It will then focus on some 2013 hybrid vehicle models, note some highlights and touch on some speculation for what the future holds for hybrid vehicles.
How a hybrid car works
To learn about the 2013 models, it is essential to learn what exactly a hybrid vehicle is. A hybrid-electric vehicle features the best attributes of a gasoline engine and an electric motor to give the owner the best possible utilization of fuel. The engine gives the hybrid vehicle the vast majority of its power, while the electric motor provides a complimentary source of power when needed. Complimentary power is used for things such as for passing cars and accelerating the car. This hybrid design enables a normal size car to have a more fuel-efficient utilization. The electric power is generated through regenerative braking and from the power generated from the gasoline engine; this enables a hybrid car to benefit from the added electricity, but saves the user from having to plug it in at home or at a charging station.
If you think hybrid vehicles are a new innovation, you would be surprised that hybrid vehicles have had their start over 300 years, starting in 1665. However, you have only heard of hybrid vehicles in the last 15 to 20 years because they have become economically viable and profitable in this time-frame. Toyota and Honda were the trailblazers of the modern hybrid car movement with the Insight and Prius respectively. These two models established hybrids in the modern age and still are popular, relatively speaking, in the hybrid market. Today, more than 20 years later, Toyota and Honda are still leaders in innovation in the hybrid market, including their respective models for the 2013 model year. Almost a decade later, in 2005, Ford introduced and still produces the Ford Escape Hybrid as the industry’s first large-scale hybrid sport utility vehicle. Industry insiders credit Ford and Toyota swapping patents for their hybrid technology and diesel engine technology respectively. Therefore, Toyota, through the innovations at Ford, has continually impacted the hybrid market.
Before highlighting some of 2013’s hybrid models, it is essential to give a primer on the general background of, the different aspects and the attributes to think about before deciding which hybrid vehicle to purchase. When looking for a hybrid vehicle, you will have your option of a tiny two-seater all the way up to a massive nine-passenger SUV. Depending on which model you look at, it might be a spin-off of an existing conventional model or it might be a totally organic design unique to the entire auto market.
Similar to conventional cars, prices for hybrid cars vary quite extensively. On average, a hybrid vehicle might cost you more than 20 percent more than a conventional gas engine car. However, there are various federal and/or state tax credits, so there might not be as much sticker shock if you are aware of this. Depending on the make, model, features and general automotive attributes, a hybrid cost can run you anywhere from the low $20,000s to well above $100,000.
When it comes to hybrids’ engines and their respective fuel economy, there are two competing types of engines. With pure hybrids, there is an increased level of gas mileage of approximately 40 to 50 miles per gallon. The other type of hybrid is a mild hybrid. A mild hybrid delivers less fuel efficiency because it has less efficient hybrid technology.
Comparing safety of hybrid cars to conventional gas engine cars, there is virtually no difference when it comes to safety issues. Hybrids do have a slightly increased risk of chemical spills and electric shocks after a car is involved in an accident. Yet, since consumers have been driving hybrids for many years now, there have been no real world experience with either potential hybrid-related risk. Normally, a hybrid loses between three to five cubic feet of trunk space because the battery bank is normally placed in that area. Additionally, storage space beneath the cargo floor will be lost because of the battery pack too.
Now that we have covered the basics and some specific information related to different attributes and segments of 2013 hybrid models, we can now segue into discussing some 2013 models. Since the Toyota Prius started the hybrid craze, it is only right to pay homage to the 2013 Toyota Prius. The top pick by industry insiders and car enthusiasts alike is the 2013 Toyota Prius. The 2013 model still gets the best fuel economy rating of 51 and 48 miles per gallon in the city and on the highway respectively. Its hatchback design gives the driver ample room for both passengers and storage space – you also get rear-seat legroom! Drawbacks include ultra-responsive steering and soft-handling attributes. The price, along with the federal and/or state tax credits, makes the Prius an overall good value.
2013 Toyota Prius
A domestic competitor to the Prius is the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid. Drivers of this car get a spacious and cost effective vehicle that still gets a reasonable, but less than the Prius’ fuel economy rating. The Fusion hybrid only gets 41 miles per gallon in the city and 36 on the highway. Additional features include its Sync voice-directed system, climate control and rear park-assist system. While there is enough room to fit a piece of luggage or two in the back, the batter pack in the trunk hinders maximum trunk capacity.
2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
As one can see, hybrids are the next generation of cars, especially when it comes to fuel efficiency. Only time will tell if hybrids will be a car of the future or simply a stepping stone to a complete electric car. While we don’t know what the future holds, hybrid cards certainly offer the consumer a more fuel efficient option for only a bit more than a conventional car.
The 2013 automotive calendar year for electric vehicles is seeing leaps and bounds when it comes to innovations of this emerging technology. Before we get into the latest technological improvements of electric vehicles, we will go over the basics of what an electric vehicle is. Learning some background information on electric vehicles is essential to understanding what the 2013 model year features for electric car innovations.
As the name implies, an electric vehicle is powered with an electric motor An electric vehicle is sometimes referred to as an electric car or EV. An electric motor works by receiving energy via a controller, which modulates the amount of power available to the engine which is based on using the car’s gas pedal. It uses power found in the car’s battery bank. An electric car’s batteries are commonly recharged with normal household electricity.
Although electric cars have been around since the 1820s, they have not really taken off on any sort of mass scale production because of primitive and limited battery technology. However, with the advent of battery technology rapidly improving in the last ten years or so, electric vehicles have been able to be produced on a mass scale. Other technology, which has limited large scale production of electric vehicles, includes extremely low driving ranges, very long charging times for electric car batteries and auto makers not producing them because it wasn’t profitable. However, in the last few years, and especially with the 2013 models, things are changing for the better of the electric car market. With improvements in battery storage capabilities, shorter charging times and overall reduced costs, more and more auto makers are able to produce electric cars more efficiently and more reasonably priced.
There are some notable highlights about the advantages of electric vehicles compared to conventional gas powered engines. Electric cars utilize energy much more efficiently than gas power engines – 59 to 62% compared to 17 to 21%. When green energy is used to charge an electric vehicle and while the electric vehicle is operated, there is virtually no carbon foot-print on the environment. Electric cars require far less maintenance, have a fraction of the noise and have a smoother operation than conventional gas powered engines.
It only makes sense that for the 2013 model year, car makers are coming out with some really great and innovate electric cars. As Bob Lutz, the Vice Chairman of General Motors said, “The electrification of the automobile is inevitable.” As more and more emerging markets come online and build their industries, European, Asian and American Automakers are getting a run for the money. European carmaker BMW is coming out with its Megacity model. It is a futuristic-looking 3-door 4-seat hatchback coupe electric vehicle. Size-wise, it is tinier compared to the Honda Fit, and drives up to 100 miles on a single charge. It features a 150 horsepower all electric motor which tops out at 95 miles per hour.
2013 BMW Megacity
In contrast, Chinese automakers — yes, we said Chinese – are getting into the electric car market to compete with their Asian, European and American automakers. Industry insiders believe the BYD E6 is packed full of promises, and if it delivers, the world-wide electric car market can be revolutionized by yet another manufacturing revolution from China. This car is a five-passenger wagon plenty capable of carrying five Americans, kids and adults. The predicted travel range from a single charge is anywhere from 200 to 250 miles. Going from zero to 60 is accomplished is less than 10 seconds and the maximum speed is a generous 100 miles. According to the manufacturer, you can charge this car to half its capacity in only 10 minutes and in five more minutes it is at 80 percent capacity.
2013 BYD E6
Although there are automakers from the established luxury market and newcomer automakers from emerging markets, established American and Japanese carmakers are still leading the pack when it comes to the everyday person. The Ford Focus Electric Vehicle or simply EV has been around since 2011 and has seen improvements year after year. While this car cannot compete with other electric cars on looks, it certainly has an edge when it comes to price. The 2013 model is expected to be anywhere from the mid to upper $30,000’s; however, when you factor in the federal tax credit, it is very competitive with most conventional gas engine cars. Some notable attributes of this car are that is only takes three to four hours while charging at 240 volts, has a 100 mile driving range and can reach a top speed of 84 miles per hour.
Ford Focus EV
Some notable Japanese Electric car innovations are illustrated by Mitubishi’s iMiEV all electric car. Designed and originally available only to Japanese customers with its 2009 models, it started off only being made a couple thousand per year. Model year after model year has seen increased production numbers and increased efficiency and power. Coming in at around $30,000 for the 2013 model, this iMiEV gets about 75 miles on a fully charge and reaches top speed of 80 miles per hour. The car has an extremely tiny hood, but its interior can easily hold four adults in an efficient and comfortable manner.
Although the 2012 electric vehicle models are varied among manufacturer, there is great promise for electric vehicles. There has been great innovation over the past 20 to 30 years and even greater innovation over the last 5 years or so. More and more people are seeing the potential of electrical vehicles, but there some things that must be addressed before they are adopted on a large scale. Some hurdles that need to be overcome include limited battery capacity, a lack of charging stations on a wide scale and some issues with car fires from electric cars. However, as technology and human innovation has proven in the past with space exploration and other previously unimaginable technologies, it seems like it is only a matter of time before electric vehicles are ubiquitous as gas engine powered vehicles.
The engine fires and gears are selected. You twist the throttle and each pulse-pumping CC is called into action. As the RPM’s climb, you find yourself struggling to see the road as your life flashes before you, time & space stand still as the quiet scream of the exhaust fills the void left by your departing senses. The world around you blurs as colors swirl together and the laws of physics begin to bend and ply. The wind presses you down as if the sky itself was riding on your shoulders and you dare not peel yourself away from the false-security that is the gas tank. The neurons in your brain fire off like an exploding kerosene factory as you attempt to fixate on a point of reference through the ¼ inch thin plastic visor, your only line of protection against road debris which you may be approaching at speeds the human body was never intended to travel at. All of a sudden you see a brilliant flash of light and….
You are back in the show room staring at the GSXR 1000 you have been thinking of buying. Make no mistake about it, the sensations that just went through your mind are not fiction. Those vivid delusions are the reality of ridding the fastest production vehicle available to the public…liter bikes. While I mentioned the big Gixxer, brands across the board offer these machines to those who are willing. But the question must be asked: Do those who are willing understand what they are buying?
A liter bike by definition is a supersport class motorcycle with a displacement of 1000 cubic centimeters (CC) and up…what the hell does that mean? Basically, CC’s are the measurement used in small engines to calculate the volume the piston displaces as it travels a full stroke. The more volume the piston must move, the more air/fuel the engine consumes which equates to more power (HAPPY!!). Unfortunately, the world doesn’t care that Americans don’t speak metric so that’s the measurement were stuck with. Now that we have the technicals out of the way, we can get down to the pork & beans of it.
I hear people ask time & again about just how fast does a liter bike go? Seeing as how you now understand what the CC translates to, I can explain the other half of the equation so you can fully grasp just how fast liter bikes are. I have a good friend who has no never heard of the great recession and wants to buy a 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series (in white of course) and is willing to fork out $140K for it. @ 500+ hp, 450+tq and 20mpg there is a strong case for it until you come across one more attribute…3700lb curb weight. Why does this number glare-out? While CC’s and HP’s can be really sexy numbers, they are just as easily diluted by the amount of weight those CC’s and HP’s have to move. While Mercedes-Benz engineers are clever, they have yet to figure out a weight-watchers plan for their Black series. Until that day, those 500 ponies must still to accelerate those 3700lbs and that takes time….approximately 4.1 seconds to 60MPH. By comparison, the ZX-10R @ 182HP only has to move 454lbs (not including you) so the weight barely diminishes the HP figure. As such, ZX10R only needs 2.8 seconds to reach 60mph which leaves the impressive black series in the preverbal dust.
Yes, I did say 2.8 seconds, which is less time than it took you to read this sentence. Liters don’t stop there however, they keep pushing. As you run through the band, the unbridled raw power will drive you back in your own seat no matter how hard you struggle. The G’s are relentless and the incredibly fast throttle response can surprise the most experienced riders. There is ZERO lag between the throttle and the push, less than a tenth-of-a-second all the way through to redline. If that doesn’t impress you, then prepare yourself for this. For those of us that have flown before, takeoff is exhilarating. The Engines windup and the runway begins to move past you. Faster & faster, you start to feel the g-force press against your chest and just when you think you can’t possible travel any faster…lift-off. Well, if you were to put a set of carbon fiber wings onto a ZX-10R it would achieve critical momentum (speed of lift-off) which is approx. 180mph about 16 seconds faster than a Boeing 737. In the world of drag racing, that is an eternity.
With the assumption that you now understand what you are buying, the only question that remains is whether a liter is right for you. Most people you talk to will say that new riders who have more money than brains will purchase a liter and end up embedded into a telephone pole. I take a more progressive approach. As I have stated in previous articles, liter bikes only achieve peak HP at a certain RPM. I hold true to my statement that a novice rider who respects the throttle can grow with the bike If, & ONLY if they understand what they have purchased.
I hope that through this article prospective buyers now realize that liters are extremely fast, extremely aggressive and above all else, leave little room for error. They are faster than any production car available and accelerate at & to speeds which are hard to comprehend…even for those of us that have ridden one. So congratulations, you are now liter’ate.
Kawasaki shut down New York’s Time Square on September 13 to reveal their 2013 Ninja lineup, including two brand new models, the Ninja ZX-6R and Ninja 300. Both models are available with optional ABS. Yes, technically the Ninja ZX-6R has been in production since 1995. But for 2013, it gets a brand new 636 cc engine, up from previous models’ 599 cc. And, yes again, the ZX-6R has been offered with the 636 cc displacement, but not since 2006, and that was nothing like this year’s model.
Dubbed the “Ninja Times Square Takeover,” the event shut down Broadway from 45th to 47th streets. Also on hand were the 1984 Ninja Tom Cruise rode in the movie Top Gun and the 1973 Ninja Z1, known as the world’s first superbike. Kawasaki snarled New York traffic from 10am to 8pm and streamed the event on their website.
Team Green divides the Ninja lineup between two classifications, Sport and Supersport, the latter the home of the Ninja ZX models. Powering all of the 2013 Ninjas is a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC engines and have six-speed transmissions. The Ninja ZX models have inline four-cylinder engines, as does the Ninja 1000. The Ninja 650 and the new Ninja 3000 have parallel twin-cylinder engines. All of the 2013 Ninja models are available with anti-lock brakes.
The New 2013 Ninjas
Kawasaki has been the leader in Sportbike sales in the U.S. for the past few years and the introduction of these two new models seem to be a move to retain that spot, especially in light of increased competition. The most notable element in each of the new Ninja models is the increased displacement from previous models, but there is more to both of these bikes than bigger engines.
2013 Ninja ZX-6R and Ninja ZX-6R ABS
To get the Ninja ZX-6R engine up to 636 cc from last year’s 599 cc Kawasaki stretched the stroke of each cylinder by 2.6 mm to 45.1 mm while the bore remains 67 mm. The additional displacement improves both low- and mid-range torque. Other enhancements to the engine include redesigned input and exhaust ports that improve throttle response. Camshafts, pistons, airbox and fuel injectors also were improved. A new high-tech F.C.C. clutch helps manage the increased power of the 2013 Ninja ZX-6R with slipper and assist functions. The new clutch is lighter and serves to reduce rear wheel hop when downshifting.
The new Ninja ZX-6R gets two engine power modes, “Full” and “Low,” which can be selected by the rider via a switch on the left handlebar. “Full” mode, as you might guess, allows the engine to operate to the full capacity of available power. In “Low” mode the engine output is limited to 80 percent of max as the bike gets into mid-range rpm. Softer throttle response is another aspect of operating in “Low” mode, which is helpful in dealing with slippery road conditions.
An upgraded, three-mode traction control system, Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC) debuts on the 2013 Ninja ZX-6R. The KTRC switch is on the left handlebar and allows the rider to choose between Mode 1, maximum racetrack performance; Mode 2, sporty street performance; and Mode 3, wheel spin reduction on slippery surfaces; or the rider may turn the system off.
In Mode 1 and 2 the KTRC prioritizes maximum forward acceleration by predicting when traction is about to be compromised and kicks in before slippage exceeds the optimum acceleration range. Modes 1 and 2 regulate ignition timing to adjust power output. In Mode 3, the system will adjust ignition timing, fuel delivery and the intake tract’s sub-throttles to allow the rear wheel to regain traction. Front and rear wheel-speed sensors and complex software monitor and confirm operating parameters 200 times per second to determine when to intervene.
Combining the KTRC and engine power modes gives the rider eight combinations to choose from, depending on experience level, ride location and road conditions.
New bodywork gives the 2013 Ninja ZX-6R a more aggressive look. Increased airflow and heat dissipation come via larger fairing openings. The new body gets a one-piece front fender with projector beam headlights and semi-flush turn signals. In the rear are a compact LED taillight, compact turn signals and “hugger” fender. Instrumentation includes an analog tachometer and an LED multi-function screen with indicators for Power Mode, KTRC setting and Economical Riding (ECO). There are also a digital speedo, odometer, dual trip meters, clock, instant and average fuel consumption, coolant temperature, low-fuel warning light and shift indicator.
2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Specs
A 636 cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, fuel-injected, inline four-cylinder engine with four valves per cylinder powers the Ninja ZX-6R. Compression ratio is 12.9:1. The bike has a six-speed transmission with a chain final drive. Dual 310 mm petal rotors with dual radial-mount four-piston monobloc calipers in front and a single 220 mm petal rotor with single-piston caliper in the rear provide braking power. Anti-lock brakes are optional.
The suspension system includes an adjustable 41 mm inverted front fork with 4.7 inches of travel and an adjustable rear shock with 5.3 inches of travel. Seat height is 32.7 inches and wheelbase is 54.9 inches. The fuel tank holds 4.5 gallons and wet weight is 423.4 pounds on the base model, the ABS model weighs in at 427.8 pounds. Color choices are Pearl Flat Stardust White and Flat Ebony, Metallic Spark Black and flat Ebony or Lime Green and Metallic Spark Black. The bike comes with a 12 month limited warranty with additional coverage available up to 48 months with a Kawasaki Good Times Protection Plan. MSRP on the 2013 Ninja ZX-6R is $11,699. Sticker on the ABS equipped model is $12,699.
2013 Ninja 300 and Ninja 300 ABS
Increasing the displacement of their entry-level Sportbike, from 249 cc on the venerable Ninja 250R to 296 cc on the brand new Ninja 300, signaled Kawasaki’s intentions to maintain its leadership in the American Sportbike market. The Kawasaki press release stated it pretty plainly, “After years of unchallenged domination, the best-selling Ninja 250R Sportbike had finally begun to see competition from other manufacturers.” Most notably Honda’s CBR250R. “Make no mistake – it still outperformed the challengers…but why outperform, when you can totally dominate?” (Emphasis is Kawasaki’s)
The increase in displacement on the Ninja 300 came through much the same manner as that of the Ninja ZX6R, by stretching the stroke, from the 41.2 mm of the Ninja 250R to 49 mm. But Kawasaki didn’t stop at increased size on this engine; almost half of the parts on the powerplant have received upgrades. That includes new intake ports and valves, a friction-reducing cam chain, lighter pistons, new crankcases, a larger volume oil pan and easy-access spin-on oil filter. Kawasaki revised the compression ratio, to 10.6:1, to allow the use of regular gasoline and lower operating temperatures.
Thicker gears on the six-speed transmission help handle the extra torque generated by the new, beefier engine. Riders will have an easier time finding neutral when stopped thanks to a positive neutral finder. The Ninja 300 also benefits from the F.C.C. clutch with assist and slipper functions that reduce lever effort by about 25 percent.
The lightweight Ninja 300 also gets a new, stronger frame made of high-tensile steel main tubes that are 150 percent more rigid than those used in the Ninja 250R. New bodywork features include a floating windscreen design that reduces buffeting, a dual-headlight design and separate rider and passenger seats. Two helmet holders are tucked under the rear seat, there’s a two-stage under-seat storage compartment and four hooks that act as anchor points for securing more items to the bike.
2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 Specs
Kawasaki gave the new Ninja 300 a 296 cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, parallel twin-cylinder engine with a compression ratio of 10.6:1. A six-speed transmission with chain final drive delivers power to the rear wheel.
There’s a single 290 mm petal-type disc brake with two-piston hydraulic caliper in the front with the same set up in the rear except the disc is 220 mm. Rear suspension is a five-way adjustable Uni-Trak with 5.2 inches of travel. The 37 mm hydraulic front fork has 4.7 inches of travel. Anti-lock brakes are an available option.
Seat height is 30.9 inches, wheelbase is 55.3 inches and the Ninja 300 has a wet weight of 379.3 pounds. The ABS equipped model weighs in at 383.7 pounds. Fuel capacity is 4.5 gallons. Color options are Pearl Stardust White, Ebony or Lime Green and Ebony. The Ninja 300 comes with a 12 month limited warranty with the option to extend it up to 48 months with an optional Kawasaki Good Times Protection Plan. The MSRP on the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 is $4,799. The ABS equipped model retails for $5,499.
Returning 2013 Ninja ZX Models
Kawasaki brings back the rest of the Supersport Ninja ZX lineup for 2013. The top-of-the-line Ninja ZX-14R and the Ninja ZX-10R. Both of these bikes are available with optional anti-lock brakes.
2013 Ninja ZX-14R and Ninja ZX-14R ABS
Kawasaki gave the Ninja ZX-14R an almost total redesign for 2012. For 2013, they add optional anti-lock brakes. The Ninja ZX-14R has a massive 1,441 cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, sixteen-valve, inline four-cylinder engine with a compression ratio of 12.3:1. Chain final drive and a six-speed transmission transfer power to the rear wheel. The Ninja ZX-14R also features Kawasaki’s KTRC traction control.
The suspension system includes a 43 mm, inverted-cartridge front fork with adjustable preload and rebound damping with 4.6 inches of travel. There’s a Bottom-Lin, Uni-Trak, gas-charged rear shock with adjustable preload, rebound and compression damping and 4.9 inches of travel.
The front brake is a dual, semi-floating 310 mm petal disc with dual radial-mounted four-piston calipers. A single 250 mm petal disc with twin-piston caliper provides rear braking. Anti-lock braking is an option.
Seat height is 31.5 inches and wheelbase is 58.3 inches. The Ninja ZX-14R holds 5.8 gallons of fuel and has a curb weight of 584.3 pounds. Color options are Passion Red, Pearl Flat White, or Metallic Spark Black and Golden Blazed Green. A 12 month limited warranty is standard and optional extended coverage up to 48 months is available with a Kawasaki Good Times Protection Plan. The base model 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R MSRP is $14,999. With ABS, the base price is $15,999.
2013 Ninja ZX-10R and Ninja ZX-10R ABS
2013 Kawasaki ZX-10R
Right in the middle of the Ninja ZX lineup is the Ninja ZX-10R. It has a 998 cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, sixteen-valve, inline four-cylinder engine with a 13.0:1 compression ratio. The transmission is a six-speed with chain final drive. The Ninja ZX-10R gets the sport version, S-KTRC of the Kawasaki traction control system and Power Mode selector.
Adjustable suspension, a 43 mm inverted Big Piston Fork in the front with 4.7 inches of travel, and horizontal back-link with gas-charged rear shock and 5.5 inches of travel, provides the rider with a customized ride. Front brakes are dual semi-floating 310 mm petal discs with dual four-piston radial-mount calipers. In the rear, there’s a single 220 mm petal disc with aluminum single-piston caliper.
The Ninja ZX-10R has a seat height of 32 inches and wheelbase of 56.1 inches. Fuel capacity is 4.5 gallons and wet weight is 436.6 pounds, ABS equipped models tip the scale at 443.2 pounds. Color options are Lime Green and Metallic Spark Black or Pearl Flat White and Metallic Spark Black. Kawasaki offers their standard limited 12-month warranty or extended coverage up to 48 months with a Good Times Protection Plan. The 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R base model has an MSRP of $14,299. With ABS, the base price is $15,299.
Returning 2013 Street Ninja Models
The rest of the Kawasaki Ninja lineup is back for 2013. There’s the Ninja 1000 and Ninja 650, both with optional ABS.
2013 Ninja 1000 and Ninja 1000 ABS
The liter version Ninja has a 1,043 cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, sixteen-valve, inline four-cylinder engine with a compression ratio of 11.8:1. It has a six-speed transmission and chain final drive.
Suspension on the Ninja 1000 is adjustable, with a 41 mm, inverted, cartridge front fork and a horizontal rear monshock with 5.4 inches of travel. Front dual 300 mm petal-type rotors with radial-mount four-piston calipers and a single rear 250 mm petal-type rotor with single-piston caliper provide stopping power.
Seat height on the Ninja 1000 is 32.3 inches and wheelbase is 56.9 inches. Fuel capacity is 5 gallons and the wet weight is 509.4 pounds. The Ninja 1000 is available in Metallic Stardust White or Candy Lime Green. It comes with a standard, limited 12-month warranty and optional coverage of up to 48 months with a Good Times Protection Plan. The 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 has a base MSRP of $11,399. The ABS equipped model is priced at $12,099.
2013 Ninja 650 and Ninja 650 ABS
Rounding out the 2013 Ninja lineup, the Ninja 650 sports a 649 cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, four-valve, parallel twin-cylinder engine with a compression ratio of 10.8:1. Like the rest of the Ninja family, it has a six-speed tranny with chain final drive.
2013 Kawasaki Ninja 650
A 41 mm, hydraulic, telescopic front fork with 4.9 inches and a single offset, laydown shock with adjustable spring preload and 5.1 inches of travel provide the bike’s suspension. The front brake is dual 300 mm petal discs with two-piston calipers and the rear brake is a single 220 mm disc with single piston caliper.
Seat height on the bike is 31.7 inches and wheelbase is 55.5 inches. The fuel tank holds 4.2 gallons and wet weight is 460.8 pounds. The ABS equipped model weighs 465.3 pounds. Color options are Pearl Stardust White, Candy Thunder Blue or Metallic Flat Spark Black. The standard Kawasaki limited 12-month warranty and optional coverage up to 48 months with a Good Times Protection Plan are available. For 2013, the Kawasaki Ninja 650 has a base MSRP of $7,599. The 2013 Ninja 650 ABS is priced at $8,099.
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The 2013 Yamaha off-road and dual purpose lineup includes seven models. There are five YZ motocross bikes, and two WR models, one classified as a dirt bike and one as dual purpose. All of the 2013 motorcycles are returning models with minimal upgrades for the new model year.
2013 Yamaha YZ Motocross Models
When Yamaha introduced the YZ line in 1975 it was revolutionary. These were the first ever single shock production motocross bikes. There are five YZ models in the Yamaha 2013 lineup.
2013 Yamaha YZ450F
This is the bike credited with beginning the four-stroke dirt bike revolution with its introduction in 2003. The YZ450F got its most recent major upgrade, including fuel injection, in 2010. The 2013 Yamaha YZ450F remains largely unchanged but still benefits from the bike’s prestigious pedigree.
The YZ450F boasts light weight components and exceptional mass centralization, giving the bike a light, balanced feel. The 499 cc, single-cylinder, liquid cooled, fuel injected, four-stroke engine sports a rearward slanted cylinder. The intake and exhaust positions are swapped, providing efficient combustion and more power thanks to the straight intake tract. The compression ratio on the YZ450F is 12.5:1. All that power is delivered to the rear wheel via a five-speed transmission.
Further contributing to the light, balanced feel of the bike are the aluminum frame, under seat fuel tank with a lightweight in tank fuel pump. Cooling is achieved via two compact single core radiators. The aggressive design uses a minimum of plastic, exposing the frame. And the aluminum handlebars have four adjustment settings to fit riders of almost any size.
Both front and rear suspension are adjustable, providing 12.2 inches of travel via the inverted front fork and 12.4 inches of rear travel thanks to the single rear shock. The 2013 Yamaha YZ450F has Dunlop Geomax MX51 tires front and rear with hydraulic single disc brakes, 250 mm up front and 245 mm in back.
Weighing in at 245 pounds ready to ride, the 2013 YZ450F has 39.4 inch seat height with 15.2 inches of ground clearance. The bike has an overall length of 86.4 inches and a 58.7 inch wheelbase. It’s available for 2013 in two two-tone paint schemes, Team Yamaha Blue and White or White and Red. The 2013 Yamaha YZ450F carries a 30 day limited factory warranty with an MSRP of $8,490.
2013 Yamaha YZ250F
When the Yamaha YZ250F was introduced in 2001 it was the first four-stroke 250 motocross bike, the first to win an international race, AMA Supercross and an AMA Supercross Championship.
The 2013 YZ250F features an electric start, 249 cc, five-valve, liquid cooled engine with a 37 mm Keihin carb and has a manual kick-start for back up. The YZ250F has a compression ration of 13.5:1. Cooling is provided by two compact radiators. The five-speed tranny and heavy duty clutch combine for smooth shifting.
A digital enduro computer has a speedo, tripmeter, clock and in race mode it functions as a timer with distance compensating tripmeter with an average speed read out.
The inverted front fork and single rear shock are both fully adjustable and provide 11.8 inches of forward travel and 12.5 inches in back. Both front and rear braking are handled by hydraulic single disc brakes, 250 mm in the front and 245 mm in the rear. The YZ250F has a 21 inch front tire and 19 inch tire in the rear.
The 2013 Yamaha YZ250F has 14.9 inches of ground clearance with a 39 inch seat height. The bike is 85.4 inches long with a wheelbase of 58.1 inches and has wet weight of 227 pounds. Yamaha offers the YZ250F in Team Yamaha Blue and White or White and Red with a 30 day limited factory warranty and an MSRP of $7,290.
YZ250, YZ125 and YZ85
2013 Yamaha YZ85
Yamaha offers three two-stroke Motocross bikes for 2013 giving riders of various sizes and experience levels a wide range of choices for off roading.
All three models are powered by single-cylinder, liquid cooled, two-stroke, reed-valve inducted engines. The YZ250 and YZ85 have Keihin carburetors while the YZ125 has a Mikuni carb. Transmissions on the two smaller models are six-speed while the YZ250 has a five-speed.
Suspension is fully adjustable on all three models with inverted front forks providing 12.4 inches of travel on the YZ250 and YZ125 and 10.1 inches on the YZ85. The two larger models get 12.4 inches of rear travel from the single shock and the YZ85 is rated for 11.1 inches of travel in back.
The YZ85 has a 17 inch front tire and 14 inch tire in the rear while both the YZ250 and YZ125 have 21 inch and 19 inch tires front and back respectively. Braking on all the two-stroke models is hydraulic single disc, back and front.
The YZ250 weighs in at 227 pounds wet with a seat height of 39.1 inches and 15 inches of ground clearance. The largest of the three is 85.7 inches long with a 58.3 inch wheelbase. Next in line, the YZ125 has a ride ready weight of 207 pounds, seat height of 39.3 inches and 15.2 inch ground clearance. The wheelbase is 56.8 inches and overall length of the YZ125 is 84.1 inches.
Smallest and lightest of the three two-stroke motocross models, the YZ85 is svelte 157 pounds, has a 34 inch seat height and ground clearance of 13.8 inches. Its length is 7.1 inches with a 49.5 inch wheelbase.
All of these models come with a 30 day limited factory warranty and are available in Team Yamaha Blue and White. The 2013 MSRP on each model is: YZ250, $7,150. YZ125, $6,290. YZ85, $3,990.
2013 Yamaha WR Models, WR250F and WR250R
2013 Yamaha WR250R
Yamaha has two WR models for 2013. The “WR” stands for wide-ratio gear box, as opposed to the close-ratio gearbox of their cousin YZ, and most motocross bikes. The WR models is based on the styling of the YZ250F with engines tuned for more controllable power.
Yamaha classifies the WR250F as a dirt bike and the WR250R as a dual purpose model. Both bikes are powered by 250 cc, liquid cooled, DOHC, four-stroke engines. The WR250F has a Keihin carburetor, a compression ratio of 12.5:1 and a five-speed transmission. Yamaha gave the WR250F fuel injection, it has an 11.8:1 compression ratio and a six-speed transmission.
Both WR models have fully adjustable suspension, an inverted front fork and single rear shock. The off road WR250F has more travel, 11.8 inches in front and 12.2 inches in back compared to the WR250R with 10.6 inches of travel both front and back. And each bike has a 21 inch front tire and 18 inch in the rear. There’s a 250 mm hydraulic single disc brake on the front of each bike while the WR250F gets a 245 mm rear brake and the WR250R has a 230 mm rear brake.
The off road WR250F does have lights back and front and a digital meter with two modes. In basic mode it functions as a speedometer, odometer, twin tripmeters and clock. In race mode it offers pace management functions like a stop watch and distance compensating tripmeter. The dual purpose is fully street legal, is rated for 71 mpg, and has a digital meter similar to that of the WR250F.
The 2013 Yamaha WR250F has a seat height of 38.6 inches and 14.4 inches of ground clearance. Its wheelbase is 58.3 inches with an overall length of 85.2 inches and it weighs in at 254 pounds wet. The dual purpose 2013 Yamaha WR250R has a 295 pound wet weight with a seat height of 36.6 inches and ground clearance of 11.8 inches. Its wheelbase is 55.9 inches and overall length is 85.6 inches.
Yamaha offers both 2013 WR models in Team Yamaha Blue and White with an MSRP of $6,690. The WR250F comes with a 30 day limited factory warranty while the warranty on the WR250R is good for a whole year.
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