A Look At The 2013 Yamaha Super Sport Models

Yamaha has a long tradition of winning race bikes and they’ve used that experience and knowledge in their street ready Super Sport lineup.  For 2013 Yamaha has six motorcycles in the category.

FJR1300A

Combining sporty performance with touring comfort and convenience, the 2013 FJR1300A is Yamaha’s sole entry in the super sport touring class.  Yamaha has included so many upgrades that the 2013 model is practically a brand new motorcycle.  Styling updates include a total redesign of both the upper and lower cowl.  The lower cowl sports a new shape and adjustable panel to provide increased wind and weather protection.  The panel can be adjusted without the use of tools.

2013 Yamaha FJR1300A

Updates were also made to the electronically adjustable windscreen.  Adjustment speed is twice as fast and the windscreen holds its position when the key is turned off.  Behind the windscreen the dash and instrument panel are totally new.  A three part arrangement has an analog tachometer on the left, digital readouts for speedometer, clock, gear position, fuel gauge and more in the center and indicator and warning lights on the right.  The rider can switch between functions that are displayed.

“Two-eyed” headlights and daytime LED running lights include easy to access adjustment knobs so the lights can be adjusted up or down.  New LED front turn signals are built into the body of the under cowl.  Handlebars and rider seat are both adjustable, there are three positions for the handlebars and two for the seat.  The seat, a two-piece model, also has a new suede look and features different foam densities in the front and rear sections to increase comfort on long rides.

Not all of the upgrades on the 2013 FJR1300A are simply for style.  Cruise control comes standard, and can be adjusted with a single push of the switch.  To increase or decrease speed in larger increments the rider simply holds down on the switch.  Applying the brakes, clutch or throttle disengages the cruise control.  The resume button re-engages it at the most recent setting.

Unified anti-lock brakes are also standard on the 2013 Yamaha FJR1300A.  Pressing the front brake lever also applies pressure to the rear brake.  When applying the rear brakes first both act independently.  A new D-Mode system gives the rider a choice between engine performance modes, T-Mode is suitable for touring while S-Mode provides more sporty performance.  Traction control, another standard feature, can be turned off or on.  When on, the system monitors wheel spin and adjusts ignition timing, fuel injection volume and throttle opening to maintain traction.

For even more comfort Yamaha includes heated grips and a central vent beneath the instrument panel.  The vent aids in cooling and reduces negative pressure to reduce buffeting.  There’s an integrated grab handle at the rear of the frame to make lifting the FJR1300A easier to lift onto its centerstand.  Inside the glove box there’s a 12 volt outlet to power electric accessories.

A fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16 valve, inline four-cylinder 1,298 cc engine with a compression ratio of 10.8:1 powers the FJR1300A.  There’s a five-speed transmission and shaft final drive.  Suspension on the FJR1300A is adjustable.  The 48 mm front fork is fully adjustable and provides 5.3 inches of travel.  The single rear shock is adjustable for preload and rebound damping and has 4.9 inches of travel.

The unified, anti-lock brakes use dual 320 mm discs in the front and a single 282 mm disc in the rear.  Rider seat height is adjustable to a low 31.7 inches, or for taller riders, 32.5 inches.  Wheelbase is 60.8 inches and ground clearance is 5.1 inches.  Fuel capacity is 6.6 gallons.  Fuel economy figures are not yet available.

Yamaha backs the FJR1300A with their one-year limited factory warranty.  Stone Gray is the sole color choice.  Base MSRP on the 2013 Yamaha FJR1300A is $15,890.  The FJR1300A is due in dealerships in October 2012.

YZF-R1

Yamaha calls the YZF-R1 “the most advanced Open Class sportbike on the planet.”  At first look, that may seem like hyperbole.  But the YZF-R1 is coming off of back-to-back Superbike Championships.  It’s also the the first production bike to employ a crossplane crankshaft that delivers plenty of smooth power and torque.

2013 Yamaha YZF-R1

Yamaha gives YZF-R1 riders a combination of 21 choices to tailor their ride, with the seven positions of the traction control system and three D-Mode positions.  Footrests on the bike are also adjustable, with 15 mm of height and 3 mm of front-to-rear adjustment available to give every rider a custom fit.

The YZF-R1 has a fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16 valve inline four-cylinder engine with a compression rate of 12.7:1.  The transmission is a six-speed with chain final drive.  Dual 310 mm discs with radial-mounted 6-piston calipers in front and a single 220 mm disc with single-piston caliper in the rear handle braking duties.

Inspired by Yamaha’s MotoGP M1, the adjustable 43 mm, inverted front forks confine compression damping duties to the left fork and rebound damping to the right.  Both high and low speed compression damping are featured on the single rear shock which has preload adjustment.  Both front and rear suspension provide 4.7 inches of travel.

Seat height is 32.9 inches and wheelbase is 55.7 inches.  Wet weight is 454 pounds with a 4.8 gallon fuel capacity and reported 33 mpg.  That’s good for a range of a little over 150 miles between fill ups.

2013 Yamaha YZF-R1 Gauges

Yamaha’s standard one year limited factory warranty applies to the YZF-R1.  Three color options are available; Rapid Red and Raven, Matte Gray or Team Yamaha Blue and White.  Base MSRP for the 2013 Yamaha YZF-R1 is $14,290.  Selection of the Yamaha Blue and White color takes that to $14,490.  The YZF-R1 should be in dealerships now.

YZF-R6

Light, powerful and full of the latest technology inspired by Yamaha’s years of racing, the YZF-R6 is the most advanced production 600 cc class super sportbike Yamaha has ever built.  It was the first production bike with Yamaha’s YCC-T, Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle system.

2013 Yamaha YZF-R6

Powering the YZF-R6 is a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, 16 valve inline four-cylinder engine with an amazing 13.1:1 compression ratio.  It has a six-speed transmission and chain final drive.  Up front there are dual 310 mm floating discs with radial-mount four-piston calipers.  The rear brake is a single 220 mm disc with single-piston caliper.

With four-way adjustment, the 41 mm inverted front fork has 4.5 inches of travel.  The single rear shock, also with four-way adjustment, provides 4.7 inches of travel.  Seat height is 33.5 inches with a wheelbase of 54.1 inches.  Wet weight is 417 pounds.  The  YZF-R6 weighs in at 417 pounds ready to ride.  It’ll hold 4.5 gallons of fuel and gets a reported 40 mpg for a range of 180 miles.

Yamaha gives the YZF-R6 its standard one year limited factory warranty.  Color options are Rapid Red and Pearl White, Matte Gray or Team Yamaha Blue and White.  Base MSRP for the 2013 Yamaha YZF-R6 is $10,990.  The Team Yamaha Blue and White color option takes that $11,190.  It should hitting dealers’ floors in October 2012.

FZ1

So much of the FZ1 was inspired by the R1, the fuel injection system, twin spar aluminum frame and adjustable suspension, that Yamaha says, “think of it as an upright R1.”  The FZ1 oozes street brawler attitude.

2013 Yamaha FZ1

Sporting a compact design, the engine is a fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 20 valve inline four-cylinder with a compression ratio of 11.5:1.  The FZ1 has a six-speed transmission with chain final drive.  Brakes in the front are dual 320 mm floating discs with four-piston calipers.  In the back there’s a single 245 mm disc with single-piston caliper.

The fully adjustable 43mm front fork provides 5.1 inches of travel and the single rear shock, adjustable for preload and rebound damping, has 5.1 inches of travel.  Seat height is 32.1 inches, ground clearance is 5.3 inches and the wheelbase is 57.5 inches.  Ready to ride the FZ1 weighs 487 pounds.  Fuel capacity is 4.8 gallons and claimed fuel economy is 35 mpg for a between-fill-up range of just under 170 miles.

There’s a one year limited factory warranty on the FZ1.  Cobalt Blue is the lone color option.  Base MSRP for the 2013 Yamaha FZ1 is $10,790.  The bikes should start showing up in showrooms in October 2012, except for in California, which should get their’s beginning in November.

FZ8

A muscle bike with naked styling, the FZ8 got a number of upgrades for 2013.  A redesigned muffler with a new shape adds to the attitude of the bike.  The suspension system was also updated, with adjustable rebound damping now on the rear shock and adjustable rebound and compression damping on the front forks.  New material with dual-texturing was added to the seat for enhanced comfort and looks.

2013 Yamaha FZ8

The FZ8 has a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, 16 valve 779 cc inline four-cylinder engine with a 12.0:1 compression ratio.  The transmission is a six-speed with chain final drive.  Front brakes are dual 310 mm hydraulic discs and in the rear there’s a single 267 mm disc.

Suspension, via the telescopic front fork and single rear shock, provides 5.1 inches of travel front and rear.  Seat height is 32.1 inches, ground clearance is 5.5 inches and wheelbase is a compact 57.5 inches.  Wet weight is 467 pounds with a fuel capacity of 4.5 gallons and reported 39 mpg.  Range on the FZ8 is right at 175 miles.

Yamaha gives the FZ8 the standard one year limited factory warranty.  One two-tone color scheme is available, Matte Gray and Matte Black.  Base MSRP for the 2013 Yamaha FZ8 is $8,890.  It’ll be available beginning in February 2013.

FZ6R

Billed as a starter sportsbike, the FZ6R has loads of features to inspire confidence in new riders, but provides enough power to keep veteran riders happy.  With a low and adjustable seat height, that’s narrow in the right places, make it easy to get both feet on the ground at a stop.  And the handlebars have 20 mm of adjustment to make it easy for riders of most sizes to get a comfortable grip.

2013 Yamaha FZ6R

There’s plenty of power to keep newbies riding this bike for years to come.  The liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, 16 valve inline four-cylinder engine has an impressive compression ratio of 12.2:1.  The transmission is a six-speed with chain final drive.

Braking power is provided by a single 298 mm hydraulic front disc and a single 245 mm hydraulic rear disc.  The suspension, telescopic front for and single rear shock, provides 5.1 inches of travel front and rear.

Seat height is 30.9 inches, ground clearance is 5.5 inches and wheelbase is 56.7 inches.  Wet  weight is a manageable 470 pounds.  Fuel capacity is 4.6 gallons and the FZ6R gets a reported 43 mpg for a range of just under 200 miles.

Yamaha gives the FZ6R its one year limited factory warranty.  There are two color options, Pearl White and the two-tone Team Yamaha Blue and White.  Base MSRP on the 2013 Yamaha FZ6R is $7,790.  With the two-tone color option the MSRP goes to $7,890.  The FZ6R will be hitting dealerships during October 2012.

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2013 Yamaha Stratoliner, Roadliner S and Road Star Models

Stratoliner S

Lots of chrome, lots of power, casual touring amenities and a neo-streamline design give the Stratoliner S its distinctive look.  Front fork and fork covers, switchgear, clutch and front brake master cylinders and levers, shifter, handlebar clamps, belt guard, front pulley cover, various engine covers, rear stay and polished wheels are among the chrome features on the 2013 Stratoliner S.

2013 Yamaha Stratoliner S

The low, long aluminum frame and sculpted seat add to the look and handling of the Stratoliner S.  Most of the standard touring features are easily detachable.  Leather-covered, locking hard saddlebags come off to make washing the bike easier.  Both the windshield and passenger backrest remove quickly and lock back into place easily.

Floating rider floorboards and the adjustable heel-toe shifter provide long range comfort for riders of any size.  The two-piece seat has a wide, flat profile and ridge at the back of the passenger seat for increased support and security.  A fuel tank mounted instrument panel adds to the classic look of the Stratoliner S with clock-style analog speedometer, tach and fuel gauge.  There’s also a digital odometer and twin tripmeters.

Adding to the classic lines of the Stratoliner S is the air-cooled, fuel-injected, OVH, eight-valve, 1,854 cc, 48-degree V-Twin engine with a 9.5:1 compression ratio.  The cooling fins of the engine are optimized for heat dissipation and are custom-machined to enhance their looks.

For 2013 Yamaha claims the clutch on the Stratoliner S requires 20 percent less effort to operate.  It’s connected to the five-speed transmission.  Final drive on the Stratoliner S is belt.

A 46 mm, telescopic front fork with 4.3 inches of travel and hidden rear shock with 4.3 inches of travel provide suspension and add to the classic looks of the Stratoliner S.  Hydraulic disc brakes, dual 298 mm front discs and a single 320 mm rear disc, have plenty of stopping power.

Rider seat height is 27.8 inches, wheelbase is 67.5 inches.  The Stratoliner S is a big bike, weighing in at 813 pounds wet.  The flangless, teardrop tank holds 4.5 gallons of gas.  Estimated mileage is 42  mpg for a range just shy of 190 miles.

2013 Yamaha Stratoliner S

A one-year, limited factory warranty comes with the Stratoliner S.  Deep Blue is the sole color option for 2013.  Base MSRP is $17,590 and the 2013 Yamaha Stratoliner should be at dealerships in October 2012.

Roadliner S

This is a motorcycle with classic cruiser styling, from the low, long frame to the air-cooled engine, rider floorboards, and hidden rear shock.  But it’s loaded with the latest Yamaha technology, including fuel-injection, new assist and slipper clutch  and self-canceling turn signals.

2013 Yamaha Roadliner S

A tank-mounted instrument panel includes a large analog speedometer with smaller analog tach and fuel gauge just beneath the speedo.  There are also digital dual tripmeters, odometer, fuel reserve tripmeter and clock.  Background illumination on the readout is adjustable.

The Roadliner S shares a lot of DNA with the Stratoliner S.  It has the same air-cooled, fuel-injected, OHV, 1,854 cc, 48-degree V-Twin engine with four valves per cylinder.  Yamaha tuned the engine on the Roadliner S for a 9.48:1 compression ratio.  There’s a five-speed transmission and belt final drive.  The clutch is 20 percent easier to operate than on previous models.  And the two-piece heel-toe shifter allows the rider to adjust each piece individually to accommodate any size foot.  The rear, or heel, section can be removed entirely.

2013 Yamaha Roadliner S

Polished 12-spokes add to the retro look but are mounted with tubeless radial tires.  Dual 298 mm hydraulic discs in the front and a large 320 mm rear hydraulic disc provide braking power.  Suspension comes from a 46 mm telescopic front fork with 5.1 inches of travel and the adjustable, hidden, single rear shock has 4.3 inches of travel.

With a wet weight of 750 pounds the Roadliner S is rated at 42 mpg.  Given its 4.5 gallon fuel tank you should get around 185 miles of riding in between fill ups.  Seat height i 2 7.8 inches, wheelbase is 67.5 inches.

The Roadliner S comes with a limited, one-year factory warranty.  It’s available in Raven and carries a base MSRP for 2013 of $15,690.  It’ll be in showrooms in October 2012.

Road Star Silverado S

A full dresser with plenty of chrome, adjustable and removable police-style windshield, wide, swept-back handlebars, full fenders and locking color-matched hard saddlebags, the Road Star Silverado S has plenty of classic good looks and a price tag under $16,000.

2013 Yamaha Roadstar Silverado S

The two piece seat with passenger backrest is designed for hours of travel without fatigue.  Floating-type rider floorboards with heel-toe shifter and passenger floorboards give you ample room to change leg positions.  An ultra-thin instrument display is mounted on the fuel tank with speedometer, odometer, dual tripmeters, clock and fuel gauge.  There are also indicator lights for low fuel, high beam, turn indicators, neutral and diagnostic warning lights.

Power comes from the 1,670 cc, air-cooled, fuel-injected, OHV 48-degree V-Twin with four valves per cylinder and a compression ratio of 8.4:1.  The Road Star Silverado S has a five-speed transmission and belt final drive.

2013 Yamaha Roadstar Silverado S Exhaust

Classic cruiser hardtail lines are maintained with a hidden single rear shock that provides 4.3 inches of travel.  Suspension in the front comes from the 43 mm fork with 5.5 inches of travel.  Hydraulic disc brakes, two 298 mm front discs and a single 320 mm rear disc handle the stopping power.

The rider sits 27.9 inches off the ground and wheelbase is 66.5 inches.  The Road Star Silverado S weighs 773 with full fluid levels, including a full tank of gas, which would be 4.8 gallons.  Rated to get 36 mpg you should be able to travel around 170 miles between fill ups.

Yamaha backs the Road Star Silverado S with its one-year, limited factory warranty.  Impact Blue is the 2013 color for the Silverado S.  Base MSRP is $15,890 and the Road Star Silverado S should be at dealerships now.

Road Star S

One of the most customized air-cooled V-Twins on the market, the Road Star S features a combination of chrome and blacked-out features.  With similar lines and specs, and the same engine, as the Road Star Silverado S, the Road Star S is dripping with old-school cool.

From the thin tank-mounted instrument display, to the full fenders, this is the bike the Stratoliner S was built on, but it lacks the touring amenities, such as the windshield, hard saddlebags and passenger floorboards.

The Road Star S has a fuel-injected, air-cooled, eight-valve, OHV, 1,670 cc, 48-degree V-Twin with a compression ratio of 8.4:1.  There’s a five-speed transmission and belt final drive.  The suspension system includes the 43 mm front fork with 5.5 inches of travel and the hidden, solo rear shock with 4.3 inches of travel.  Brakes are of the hydraulic disc variety, dual 298 mm front discs and a single 320 mm rear disc.

Seat height is 27.9 inches, wheelbase is 66.5 inches.  The Road Star S holds 4.8 gallons of fuel and gets 36 mpg for a range of about 170 miles.  Weight wet is 743 pounds.  The Road Star S is available in Raven.  It has Yamaha’s one-year, limited factory warranty.  The 2013 base MSRP is $13,790 and the Road Star S is on showroom floors now.

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A Look At The 2013 Yamaha Star Stryker and VMAX Models

Yamaha’s Star Motorcycles are all classified as cruisers.  And most of them look like cruisers.  Most of them.  There are several models in the 2013 Star lineup that standout by virtue of their looks and performance.

Yamaha Star VMAX

Since its introduction in 1985 the VMAX has been turning heads.  Yamaha contracted English designer John Reed to construct the ultimate custom power cruiser.  What he came up with was the four-cylinder, 16-valve VMAX. That first edition VMAX put out a claimed 145 horsepower.  With a major upgrade for the 2009 model year the VMAX power output jumped to 197.4 horsepower, 123 foot-pounds of torque and a more impressive power-to-weight ratio than the Ferrari Enzo.

2013 Yamaha Star VMAX

Classified as a cruiser, Yamaha touts the VMAX as the “ultimate fusion of brawn and brains.”  The bike relies heavily on sportbike technology, like a slipper clutch and wave-style brake discs.  Unique styling cues on the VMAX include the bike’s iconic handbuffed, aluminum intake covers, oxidized-titanium-coated front fork tube, magnesium engine side covers and four-into-one-into-two-into-four exhaust.

Standard features on the VMAX include some you won’t find on many other cruisers, like the immobilizer ignition system that keeps the ignition system, fuel pump and starter motor from functioning without the presence of the coded ignition key.  This feature helps prevent ride away theft.  The lean angle engine kill switch automatically stops the engine if it detects the motorcycle is laying on its side to prevent damage to the powerplant.

Instrumentation on the VMAX includes an analog, step-motor driven tachometer and digital speedometer with LED indicators and an LED shift timing indicator.  The multi-function display uses organic electroluminescene for a more precise display than LCD.  Included in the display are a clock, fuel meter, tripmeter, fuel reserve tripmeter, coolant temperature, gear position and stopwatch.

At the heart of the VMAX is that big, 1,679 cc, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve, 65- degree V-4 powerplant with a compression ratio of 11.3:1.  Yamaha’s fuel-injection system, Yamaha Chip Controlled Intake (YCC-I) switches on the fly between 150 mm and 54 mm intake funnels to deliver maximum performance throughout the powerband.  The VMAX has two radiators to increase efficiency.

A five-speed transmission with a hydraulically activated, race-inspired slip clutch and a heavy duty shaft drive deliver power to the rear wheel.  The shaft is designed with two cross joints because of the beefy rear tire.

All that power demands powerful brakes, and the VMAX delivers there as well.  Yamaha selected Brembo master cylinders for both the rear and front, and the front has a radial pump and reserve tank.  Wave-style dual 320 mm discs with radial-mounted mono block six-piston calipers are up front.  In the back there’s a single 298 mm wave-style disc and single-piston caliper.  Three-position ABS comes standard on the VMAX.

Suspension on the VMAX is fully adjustable.  The cartridge-damper-type front forks with 52 mm inner tubes feature adjustable compression and rebound damping and spring reload.  The single rear shock has compression and rebound clickers and remote preload adjustment.

2013 Yamaha Star VMAX on the Road

The VMAX has a seat height of 30.5 inches and wheelbase of 66.9 inches.  The four-gallon fuel tank is tucked under the rider’s seat for mass centralization and to keep the bike’s looks clean.  The big V-4 gets an estimated 27 mpg for a range of just over 100 miles.  The VMAX weighs in at 683 pounds ready to ride.

Yamaha’s standard one-year limited factory warranty applies.  Nebulous Purple is the only VMAX color choice for 2013.  Base MSRP is $19,990.

Yamaha Star Stryker

Yamaha introduced the Stryker for the 2011 model year to fill the displacement gap between the Raiders and the V Star 950.  Design work on the mid-sized custom cruiser was a collaboration between the Yamaha design team, custom bike builder Jeff Palhegyi and California based design company GKDI.

2013 Yamaha Star Stryker

That design work is still evident on the 2013 Yamaha Stryker.  Yamaha describes the riding position of the Stryker as “fists in the wind” and pure attitude.  The 34 degree rake and yoke offset of six degrees combine for a total fork angle of 40 degrees and give the Stryker a muscle chopper look.  Normally a radically raked front end and lots of trail, the Stryker has 109 mm of trail, translate to heavy steering.  But because of the six degrees of yoke offset handling on the Stryker is light and nimble.

Custom chopper inspired styling cues don’t stop there.  The 2-into-1-into 2 exhaust system was specially designed for the Stryker to add to its bad boy attitude.  It’s dual slash cut mufflers have an exhaust note that Yamaha calls the “sound of acceleration.”

The low, one-piece rider-passenger seat combined with thick one-inch handlebars put the rider’s arms in a position that’s level with the horizon. The long, low frame is highlighted by steel fenders that make it easier to customize the Stryker.  Under those fenders is fat 210-series rear tire and a tall, skinny 21-inch front tire.

A chrome housing mounted on the handlebars contains the instrument cluster with an analog speedometer, digital odometer, dual tripmeters, fuel reserve tripmeter that displays mileage since the bike went to reserve, fuel gauge, clock and warning lights.  The rider can cycle through the readouts and reset tripmeters with a switch on the right handlebar.

The Stryker features a 1,304 cc, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, SOHC, 60-degree V-Twin engine with four valves per cylinder and a 9.5:1 compression ratio.  Yamaha wanted a classic air-cooled look for the Stryker, so they added engine cooling fins and routed liquids through carefully hidden hoses and internal engine passages.  The appearance of the radiator is minimized by mounting it between the front frame downtubes.

2013 Yamaha Star Stryker Exhaust

All that power from the engine is transferred to the rear wheel via a five-speed transmission with fifth gear overdrive and belt final drive.  The 41 mm telescopic front fork provides 5.3 inches of travel.  Vertically mounted and tucked out of sight to maintain a hard tail look, the single rear shock has 3.9 inches of travel.

Big hydraulic disc brakes, 320 mm in the front and 310 mm in back, provide stopping power. The Stryker has a seat height of 26.4 inches and a wheelbase of 68.9 inches.  Wet weight is 646 pounds.  The teardrop gas tank holds 4 gallons, and with the Stryker’s estimated 40.9 mpg has an estimated range of  about 160 miles between fill ups.

For 2013 Yamaha offers two trim packages for the Stryker, high-quality chrome or a blacked-out package.  Color options include Candy Red, Pearl White or Raven.  The Stryker comes with Yamaha’s one year limited factory warranty and a 2013 base MSRP of $11,590.

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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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Kawasaki Unveils Two New 2013 Ninja Models At Times Square Event

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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2013 Yamaha WR and YZ Motorcycle Model Lineup

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.

YZ450F

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.

YZ250F

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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2013 Honda Gold Wing Review

When Honda introduced the Gold Wing in 1975 it represented the top of the line for two-up long distance touring.  Since that first 1000 cc, four-cylinder Gold Wing hit the market, Honda has continued to up the ante in the full dresser category, introducing many of their newest innovations on the Gold Wing.  With U.S. sales of nearly 550,000 since 1975 the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer continues to tweak the Gold Wing in an effort to keep sales strong.

2013 Honda Gold Wing

Honda added a number of upgrades to the Gold Wing for 2012, and they’re all back along with three  additional color options.  Innovation, comfort, styling and reliability are the hallmarks of the Gold Wing and the 2013 models feature the best of what Honda has to offer.

Comfort and Convenience Features

If you’re going to spend hundreds of miles in the saddle you want a seat that’s designed for the long haul.  The Gold Wing seats, both driver and passenger, are padded with urethane material and covered with a waterproof material that sports a custom perforated look.  Wind and water protection are enhanced by the six-position adjustable windscreen and layered-surface bodywork that provides added protection to the rider’s lower legs.  For those colder days the 2013 Honda Gold Wing provides heated grips, heated rider’s seat and heated passenger’s seat and backrest with individual controls and a foot-warming system.

Honda offers the Gold Wing with four increasingly luxurious packages.  The base model, called Audio Comfort has the heating package just described and premium surround sound, cruise control and an electric reverse.  At the next level, the Audio Comfort Navi XM, Honda adds XM radio with a satellite-linked navigation system and XM NavTraffic and NavWeather.  The XM radio comes with a complimentary three month subscription.

One step up is the Gold Wing Audio Comfort Navi XM ABS with combined anti-lock brakes.  And the top of the line 2013 Gold Wing has all of that and adds the only air bag available on a production motorcycle.

All models of the 2013 Gold Wing include iPod connectivity that allows the rider to connect any USB mass storage device to the bike’s audio system to listen to MP3, WMA6 or AAC audio files.  The connector is stowed in the lockable trunk.  The Gold Wing navigation system gives turn-by-turn verbal directions through the audio system.  Riders can plan, upload and share routes from their home computer and download them into the bike’s navigation system.

Whether you’re trekking across country or just across town to the supermarket the 2013 Gold Wing has increased storage to carry everything you’ll need and then some.  With the redesign of the Gold Wing’s bodywork overall storage is over 150 liters in the saddlebags, trunk and fairing pockets.

Honda also offers a number of audio accessories, including a 40-channel CB radio and antenna kit, deluxe headsets and push-to-talk switch.  Comfort accessories include a tall vented windscreen, passenger armrests and 12-volt accessory socket kit.

Styling Features

Styling on the Gold Wing gives the big tourer a fully integrated appearance including the integrated taillight and saddlebags.  The front fascia, air intake, blacked-out headlight garnish and updated design of the instrument panel were all added in 2012.  The wheels are clear-coated for easier cleaning and enhanced appearance.  New for 2013, Honda offers four paint options on the Gold Wing, the returning Ultra Blue Metallic along with the new Candy Red, Grey Metallic and Light Silver Metallic.

Riders can enhance the look of their Gold Wing with Honda accessories like the chrome trunk rack, rear spoiler with brake light, or front fender ornament.  More customization is available by adding fog lights, front fender extension or rail, front disc covers, chrome bar ends, silver cylinder head cover emblems, swingarm pivot covers, chrome sidestand, rear spoiler accent, trunk handle or exhaust tips.

Innovation Features

Honda may have introduced the Gold Wing in 1975 but the 2013 model is loaded with the latest engineering innovations.  To eliminate crankshaft-induced torque reaction at the chassis, Honda developed a gearbox that spins opposite to the crank’s rotation.

The Gold Wing swingarm was inspired by Honda’s MotoGP experience.  It’s a single-sided aluminum component that’s lightweight with reduced unsprung weight to help deliver more sportbike-like handling.

Honda’s tire-pressure monitoring system provides a dashboard readout of front and rear tire pressure that’s updated every 60 seconds and alerts the rider if either tire is under inflated.  Both front and rear suspension settings have been revised thanks to Honda’s continued testing and owner feedback.

The Gold Wing boasts the first and only airbag on a production motorcycle.  There are two sensors in the front fork that detect frontal impact and trigger the airbag.  Anti-lock brakes add further proof to Honda’s corporate dedication to safety.

2013 Honda Gold Wing with Airbag

2013 Honda Gold Wing Specs

Every 2013 Gold Wing is powered by an 1,832 cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, SOHC, 12 valve, horizontal six-cylinder engine with computer controlled digital ignition with three-dimensional mapping.  Compression ratio is 9.8:1.

The five-speed transmission includes overdrive and an electric reverse.  The Gold Wing has a shaft final drive.  Front suspension is provided by a 45 mm cartridge fork with an anti-dive system that has 4.8 inches of travel.  In back the Pro-Link single shock has computer controlled spring preload adjustments with two memory presets and 4.1 inches of travel.

Dual full-floating 296 mm discs with three-piston calipers provide braking up front and in the back there’s a single ventilated 316 mm disc with three-piston calipers.  On the Gold Wing Audio Comfort Navi XM ABS and Gold Wing Airbag models there’s also an anti-lock brake system.

The rake on the Gold Wing is 29.15 degrees and trail is 4.3 inches.  Seat height is a comfortable 29.1 inches and the bike’s wheelbase is 66.5 inches.  Estimated mileage, combined highway/city, is 35 mpg.  The fuel tank holds 6.6 gallons to give the Gold Wing a range of around 230 miles.

Ready to ride the Gold Wing weighs in between 904 and 933 pounds, depending on the options packages.  Thank goodness for that electric reverse.  All Gold Wing models come with a transferable, limited three year factory warranty that includes unlimited mileage.  Honda also offers extended coverage through a Honda Protection Plan.

Base MSRP on the 2013 Honda Gold Wing depends on the option package.  The base Gold Wing Audio Comfort comes in at $23,990.  The Gold Wing Audio Comfort Navi XM is priced at $26,880.  Base MSRP on the Gold Wing Audio Comfort Navi XM ABS is $28,100.  And the top of the line Gold Wing Airbag starts at $29,550.

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2013 Honda Shadow And Rebel Motorcycle Lineup

Honda has announced its 2013 lineup of light-to-mid weight cruisers, the Shadow and the Rebel.  All of the 2012 models return for 2013.  There are four unique Shadow models and a standard Rebel.  These are some of the best selling entry and mid-range bikes, and some of the longest in continuous production.  When you don’t need the power of 1,000 cc or more, don’t want to worry about handling a bike that’s pushing a wet weight of 700 pounds, or don’t want to spend more than $10k, Honda has a full line of cruisers to choose from.

2013 Honda Shadow Models

2013 Honda Shadow

Introduced in 1983 to more directly target theU.S.cruiser market, the Shadow was first offered with two different engine sizes, 500 cc and 750 cc V-Twins.  Through the years Honda tweaked the displacements available on the Shadow, equipping models in the lineup with everything from 600 cc to 1,100 cc engines.  Since the 2008 model year the Shadow line has been powered exclusively by a 750 cc powerplant.  Honda has sold over a quarter of a million of the 750 cc Shadows since its introduction in 1983.

There are four distinct models in the 2013 Honda Shadow lineup, but they all share a number of elements.  Honda equips each of the Shadow models with a 745 cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 52 degree V-Twin engine.  The fuel injection system has automatic enrichment circuitry and a single 34 mm throttle body.  The shared engine is SOHC with three valves per cylinder.  The ignition on all Shadows is electronic, and the compression ratio is standard throughout the line, 9.6:1.  Braking on all four models is the same, a single 296 mm disc with twin-piston caliper up front and a 180 mm drum in the rear.  The Shadow Aero and Spirit 750 do have an anti-lock brake option.

Suspension on the entire line is provided by a 41 mm front fork and dual rear shocks with five-position adjustability.  The entire Shadow lineup is rated to get 56 MPG combined highway and city.  Each model except for the RS has a 3.7 gallon fuel tank.  And Honda gives each model a one year transferable, unlimited mileage warranty and offers the option of purchasing extended coverage with a Honda Protection Plan.  Honda has not yet announced the 2013 base MSRP for any of the Shadow models, but all of the 2012 models had the same base price tag of $8,240.

Shadow RS

Combining classic cruiser styling with a little roadster cool, the Shadow RS stands out from the rest of the lineup.  The bike’s ergonomics are more like those on a standard motorcycle, with a flatter seat and more neutral positioning of the footpegs, the rider sits in a more upright than he would on a typical on a cruiser.  And those footpegs are set up higher to improve ground clearance, especially in the twisties.  Flat-track racing is the inspiration behind the shape of the seat, and the peanut fuel tank, holding only 2.6 gallons with a reserve of .7 gallons; it’s the smallest tank in the Shadow line.

Setting the Shadow RS even further apart from its brother Shadow models is the chain final drive.  Like the rest of the lineup the RS does have a five-speed transmission.  The RS is the only Shadow with a 19 inch front tire and 16 inch rear tire.  This model has the highest seat, 29.4 inches; shortest wheelbase, 61.4 inches; and lightest wet weight, 503 pounds, of any of the models in the Shadow line.

Accessories available for the 2013 Honda Shadow RS include a tall or low backrest, rear carrier, saddlebags, fluted V-Design neo-retro master cylinder caps and billet license plate frame, and plain, studded or fringed touring bag and front pouch.  The Shadow RS is available in Black and should be in dealerships in December 2012.

Shadow Phantom

The darkest of the Shadow models, the Phantom combines a minimalist look and blacked-out styling cues.  Engine, frame, handlebars, rims.  They’re all blacked-out.  And that’s combined with lots of matte silver highlights that give the Phantom a certain sinister appeal.  The shorty front fender and bobbed rear fender, spoked wheels, bullet style two-into-two exhaust and gunfighter style saddle complete the picture of what Honda calls one of the wickedest customs on pavement.

Like all of the Shadow models, save the RS, the Phantom has a five-speed transmission with shaft final drive. The seat height on the Shadow Phantom is a comfortable 25.8 inches.  Wheelbase is 64.6 inches and the bike’s wet weight is 549 pounds.

In addition to accepting most of the accessories for the RS, you can customize your Phantom with a smoked Boulevard windscreen and a custom rider’s seat.  For 2013 the Honda Shadow Phantom is available in Matte Black Metallic.  It should be available in November 2012.

Shadow Aero

The 2013 Honda Aero is a classically styled cruiser.  From its full front and rear fenders, tank mounted instrument panel, two-piece seat and chrome highlights, the Aero looks like a true retro cruiser.  And it feels like one, with the heaviest wet weight of the group, coming in at 560 pounds ready to ride.  Seat height is 25.9 inches and wheelbase is 64.5 inches.

Honda has announced more accessories for the 2013 Shadow Aero than for any of the other models in the group.  They include chrome windscreen, chrome lightbar, chrome spotlight visors, chrome backrest (low or tall), chrome rear carrier and a chrome rear carrier that takes the place of the separate passenger’s seat.  Oh, did we mention there’s a little bit of chrome involved?  Other accessories include (all of these are preceded by the word “chrome”) master cylinder caps, swingarm pivot cover, front and rear fender guard rails and trim and driveshaft cover.  Honda also offers a digital audio system, leather saddlebags, touring bag, tank belt and front pouch.  Heated grips are also available for the Shadow Aero.

For 2013 the Honda Shadow Aero is available in Black or Metallic Silver and Pearl White.  If you go for the anti-lock brake model you can only get it in Black.  The Aero is due out in December 2012.

Shadow Spirit 750

With its 21 inch front tire, spoked wheels and the longest wheelbase of all the Shadow models, 65.2 inches, the 2013 Shadow Spirit 750 has a sporty attitude.  The Spirit 750 also has the lowest seat height of the bunch, just 25.7 inches.

The Shadow Spirit 750 can be outfitted with any of a number of accessories.  Touring accessories include synthetic leather saddlebags or leather studded, fringed or plain saddlebags, front pouch or touring back, and a plain or studded leather tank belt.  Chrome accessories include a lightbar, spotlight visors, tall or low backrest, rear carrier, passenger grab rails, radiator guard and driveshaft cover.  Billet accessories offered are a fluted V-Design neo-retro master cylinder cap and license plate frame and a swingarm pivot cover.  Honda also offers a digital audio system for the Spirit 750.

You can choose between two color options, Black (which is the only option on the anti-lock brake equipped Spirit 750) or Ultra Blue Metallic Flame.  The 2013 Honda Shadow Spirit 750 will be available in December 2012.

2013 Honda Rebel

2013 Honda Rebel

If you’ve ever taken a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Riders Course chances are you’ve ridden or seen a Honda Rebel.  The Rebel is one of the most highly recommended motorcycles for beginners.  Honda introduced the Rebel for the 1986 model year and has sold over 140,000 of them since then.  Not bad for a little 250 cc, carbureted beginner’s bike.

Sure, the Rebel’s size is confidence inspiring, but it’s also fun.  Powering the Honda Rebel is a 234 cc, air-cooled, parallel twin-cylinder, SOHC with two valves per cylinder engine with a 26 mm diaphragm-type CV carburetor.  It has a five-speed transmission and chain final drive.  There’s a 33 mm front fork and adjustable dual rear shocks providing the suspension.  The Rebel has a front single disc brake with twin-piston caliper and a drum type rear brake.  Wheelbase is 57.1 inches, seat height is 26.6 inches and the Rebel’s wet weight is an almost bench-pressable 331 pounds.  The fuel tank holds 2.6 gallons including a .7 gallon reserve.  So with its EPA estimated 84 MPG you get a range of just under 220 miles on the Rebel.

Honda gives the Rebel the same warranty as the Shadow lineup.  The 2013 Honda Rebel is available in two color options, Black or Candy Red.  Honda hasn’t announced a 2013 MSRP yet, but in 2012 the base sticker on the Rebel was $4,190.  The Rebel should be in dealerships in January 2013.

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2013 Honda Interstate, Stateline And Sabre Motorcycles

Honda introduced what was then hailed as the closest thing to a chopper ever produced by a major manufacturer, the Fury in 2009 as an early 2010 model.  For the 2010 model year Honda released three new motorcycles based on the Fury 1312 cc V-Twin engine and drivetrain with somewhat less radical styling.  As a group Honda refers to them as the 1300 Custom line. With their stretched out frames they’re aimed directly at a younger rider than the rest of the Honda cruiser line.  The Interstate, Stateline and Sabre are all back for 2013.

2013 Honda Interstate

2013 Honda Interstate

Part chopper, part Pro-Street custom and flaunting retro cruiser attitude, the Interstate is designed to eat up the miles with long distance standard features like rider floorboards, hard leather saddlebags and a custom windscreen.  Honda has actually used the Interstate name before, and each time it was given to a touring model.  Honda marketed a Gold Wing Interstate from 1980 through 1996 and the name reappeared as the full dress version of the Valkyrie from 1999 through 2001.

The original Honda VTX1300 came out in 2003, following the introduction of the line with the VTX1800 in 2002.  The Fury debuted in 2009 as an early 2010 model using an upgraded version of the VTX1300 powerplant and a new stretched-out chopper frame. The VTX1300 disappeared after the 2009 model year, replaced by the 1300 Custom lineup, including the VT1300CT Interstate.

For 2013 the Honda Interstate sports large, hard leather saddlebags, a custom full-size windscreen, and rider floorboards with heel-toe shifter. The frame is color-matched and the fork covers are matte black, further enhancing the custom look of the bike.  A curved frame downtube, pullback handlebars, deep dish fenders and beefy 17-inch front tires give the Interstate a retro old-school look.

But the Interstate is also the beneficiary of Honda’s latest technological innovations.  The 1312 cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 52 degree V-Twin has a single-pin crankshaft, dual balancers and a three-valve (two intake, one exhaust) combustion chamber to deliver plenty of torque throughout the powerband.

Reliable, low maintenance shaft drive, cushiony, low-slung saddle, optional anti-lock brakes, a 4.4 gallon fuel tank and combined city/highway mileage of 46 mpg mean that the 2013 Honda Interstate is ready to roll on and on.

Riders can customize their Interstate with any of Honda’s long list of accessories, like custom grips, a smoked Boulevard windscreen, or passenger floorboards.  Custom touring bags, plain, studded or fringed are also available, along with a front pouch with the same finish options.  Styling options include a plain or studded tank belt, engine guard, chrome side covers, billet dipstick, fork nut covers, side cover, PIAA driving lights and braided throttle and clutch lines and brake hoses.  Add to the comfort and convenience of a 2013 Honda Interstate with optional custom rider seat, low or tall backrest, rear carrier and a digital audio system.

2013 Interstate Specs

The Interstate is powered by a 1312 cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, SOHC with three valves per cylinder, 52 degree V-Twin with digital ignition and two spark plugs per cylinder.  Compression ratio on the Interstate is 9.2:1.  The bike has a five-speed transmission with shaft final drive.  Front braking is provided by a single 336 mm disc with twin-piston caliper and in the back there’s a 296 mm disc with single-piston caliper.  Anti-lock brakes are an option.

Front suspension is a 41 mm fork with 4 inches of travel.  There’s a single rear shock with 3.9 inches of travel.  The Interstate has a rake of 33 degrees (caster angle) and a trail of 4.6 inches.  This is a long motorcycle, with a 70.3 inch wheelbase. And it’s heavy, with a ready-to-ride weight of 712 pounds.  Honda offers a transferable, unlimited mileage, one year limited factory warranty and extended coverage with the purchase of a Honda Protection Plan.  For 2013 the Interstate is available in Light Silver Metallic.  Base MSRP on the Interstate is $13,240, with ABS the base MSRP goes to $14,240.

2013 Honda Stateline

2013 Honda Stateline

Honda can’t say enough about the 2013 Stateline.  Call it retro-progressive, or the merging of classic cruiser design and cutting edge technology, the Stateline represents a fresh look for cruisers.  Sharing the 1312 cc powerplant and basic frame design with the rest of the 1300 Customs, the Stateline stands out with the lowest seat height, 26.7 inches, of the line.  And the unique styling cues don’t end there.

The Stateline has old school, wide pullback handlebars, silver-finish five-spoke wheels, full valanced fenders front and back and blacked-out cylinder fins on the engine that set it apart from the rest of Honda’s cruiser lineup.  The Stateline instrument panel is mounted on the tank, keeping a clean look in the handlebar area.

Many of the accessories listed for the Interstate will also work on the Stateline.  Those listed specially for the Stateline include a clear tall windscreen, and 24-liter or 18-liter saddlebags, either plain or studded.  Honda also offers a scorpion/flame detailed custom rider seat for the Stateline.

2013 Stateline Specs

The Stateline shares most specs with both the Interstate and the Sabre, including the engine, tranny, suspension and brakes.  The Stateline also has optional anti-lock brakes.  Fuel capacity and estimated MPG are the same on all three 1300 Custom models.  The Stateline and Interstate also share tire size and rake and trail specs.  The Stateline has the shortest wheelbase of the three models, coming in at 70.1 inches and the lowest seat height, 26.7 inches.  Wet weight for the Stateline is 672 pounds.  The warranty on the bike is the same as that of the Interstate.  Honda offers the 2013 Stateline in Black.  Base MSRP for the 2013 Honda Stateline is $12,150.  The ABS option takes the MSRP to $13,150.

2013 Honda Sabre

2013 Honda Sabre

How do you differentiate three motorcycles based on the same engine and frame of a fourth bike?  That’s what Honda has managed to do with the 1300 Custom line, all inspired by the powerplant and chassis of the Fury.  The 2013 Honda Sabre manages to stand out from the rest of the lineup with its combination of dragster and boulevard styling. The ergonomics of the Sabre are designed for performance and stunning looks.

The Sabre features a tall 21 inch front tire, shorty fenders front and back and aggressively low set handlebars.  A tank mounted instrument panel, five-spoke cast wheels, slim radiator mounts, and clean, stripped down lines make the Sabre stand out from the rest of the line and other cruisers as well.

In addition to being able to accept most of the accessories that will fit the Interstate and Stateline, you can customize your Sabre with rider footpegs, a black and red front spoiler, spoiler LED accent lights and 18 liter saddlebags, either plain or studded.

2013 Sabre Specs

The Sabre uses the same 1312 cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 52 degree V-Twin as its 1300 Custom stablemates.  Five-speed transmission, shaft final drive, suspension and brakes are all shared with the rest of the line.  Anti-locks are also available as an option.  The Sabre has the same size rear tire, 15 inch, as the Stateline and Interstate, but a taller 21 inch front tire.  It has the tallest seat height of the group, at 26.9 inches, and a 4.5 inch trail, compared to the 4.6 inches of the Interstate and Stateline.  The Sabre is the lightest of the three, with a wet weight of 664 pounds.  Honda gives new owners the same transferable, unlimited mileage limited factory warranty with an extended coverage option as the rest of the lineup.   For 2013 the Sabre comes in black with a base MSRP of $12,250.  ABS on the Sabre hikes the MSRP to $13,250.

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