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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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