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.


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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