A Look At The 2013 Yamaha Dual Purpose and Off Road Lineup

Yamaha has a wide variety of off road, dual purpose and motocross models for 2013.  We’ve already covered the YZ motocross line and several WR off road and dual purpose models here “2013 Yamaha WR and YZ Motorcycle Model Lineup.”  We’ll tackle the rest of the lineup here.

2013 Dual Purpose Models

Ride the trails on the weekend and to work Monday, all on the same motorcycle.  Yamaha’s dual purpose models are 100 percent street legal but tough enough to handle any off road experience.

XT250

Yamaha gave the XT250 a number of upgrades for 2013.  Perhaps the biggest is a fuel injection system that provides easy starting and smooth throttle response.  The XT250 also received upgrades to the piston and crankshaft to combine for improved heat dissipation, better performance and increased power.

2013 Yamaha XT250

With electric start and street legal features like the Enduro-style headlight, flex-mounted turn indicators, rear view mirrors and redesigned, compact instrument panel with digital readouts for speedometer, odometer, dual tripmeters, clock and indicator lights for low fuel, the XT250 makes for a great commuter bike.  But don’t limit your riding to paved surfaces.  An impressive 11.2 inches of ground clearance means the XT250 is just as much at home on the trails.

There’s plenty of power in the fuel-injected, air-cooled, four-stroke, single-cylinder 249 cc engine with a compression ratio of 9.5:1.  The XT250 has a five-speed transmission and chain final drive.  Stopping power is more than adequate via the 245 mm front disc and 203 mm rear disc.

Along with that incredible 11.2 inches of ground clearance, the 35 mm telescopic front fork provides 8.9 inches of travel and the rear suspension, swingarm with a rebound-adjustable single shock, has 7.1 inches of travel so you’re ready for any surface that stands between you and your destination.

The XT250 has a manageable 31.9 inch seat height, which is pretty amazing considering the ground clearance on this bike.  Wheelbase is 53.5 inches and wet weight is a svelte 291 pounds.  The fuel tank only holds 2.6 gallons of fuel, but with an estimated 76 mpg that’s good for a little less than 200 miles between fill ups.

2013 Yamaha XT250

Yamaha backs the XT250 with a one year limited factory warranty.  It’s available in two-tone White and Blue with a base MSRP for 2013 of $5,190.  The 2013 Yamaha XT250 is at your local dealership now.

TW200

Beginners and veteran riders alike will enjoy the confidence-inspiring TW200.  Fat tires, comfortable seat height, compact chassis and full street equipment make the TW200 capable of handling any on- or off-road situation.  The TW200 is outfitted with an electric starter and instrument panel that includes speedometer, odometer, resettable tripmeter and indicator lights for neutral, high beams and turn signals.

2013 Yamaha TW250

Its air-cooled, four-stroke, SOHC, 196 cc engine is equipped with a 28 mm Mikuni carburetor and has a compression ratio of 9.5:1.  The TW200 has a five-speed transmission and chain final drive.  There’s a single 220 mm disc front brake and a 110 mm drum rear brake.

The 33 mm telescopic front fork has 6.3 inches of travel and the single rear shock provides 5.9 inches of travel.  Even with 10.4 inches of ground clearance the seat height is only 31.1 inches.  Wheelbase is 52.2 inches and wet weight is 278 pounds.  Fuel capacity is 1.8 gallons, combined with an estimated 78 mpg for a between-fill-up range of right around 140 miles.

The TW200 carries Yamaha’s standard one year limited factory warranty.  It’s available in the two-tone White and Blue.  The 2013 Yamaha TW200 has a base MSRP of $4,590 and should be on showroom floors now.

2013 Off Road Models

Built for the trails and inspired by Yamaha’s YZ motocross lineup, these off road bikes will provide hours and miles of fun with family and friends.  Yamaha’s TT-R line is designed especially for beginner to intermediate riders, or veteran riders just looking for some affordable fun in the mud.

WR450F

Borrowing frame and suspension design from Yamaha’s YZ motocross line, the WR450F is full of power and dependability.  Equipped with a two-mode, digital enduro computer the WR450 offers riders the choice of basic mode with speedometer, clock, tripmeter and more, or race mode with pace management functions like time, distance-compensating tripmeter, average speed and more.

2013 Yamaha WR450F

It sports a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, four-stroke engine with five titanium valves and a compression ratio of 12.3:1.  It has a five-speed transmission with chain final drive.  The 48 mm, inverted front fork is fully adjustable and has 11.8 inches of travel.  The single rear shock is also fully adjustable with 11.6 inches of travel.  Single disc brakes on each wheel, 250 mm in front and 245 mm in the back, provide plenty of stopping power.

2013 Yamaha WR450F

There’s a generous 13.2 inches of ground clearance on the WR450F and a seat height of 37.8 inches.  Wheelbase is 57.7 inches and wet weight is 273 pounds with a fuel capacity of 2.7 gallons.  The WR450F has a 30-day limited factory warranty.  It’s available in the two-tone Team Yamaha Blue and White.  Base MSRP for the 2013 Yamaha WR450F is $8,290.  It will be at dealerships in October 2012.

TT-R230

Designed for intermediate riders, older youths and adults the Yamaha TT-R230 is a serious trail bike with handling and styling inspired by Yamaha’s YZ Motocross line. Its long, low, flat competition-style gripper seat provides plenty of room for rider movement.

2013 Yamaha TT-R230

The TT-R230 features an air-cooled, SOHC, four-stroke 223 cc engine with a Teikei carburetor and compression ratio of 9.5:1.  Firing up the bike is as simple as pushing the electric starter.  A six-speed transmission and chain final drive deliver power to the rear wheel.  There’s a 220 mm front disc brake and 130 mm rear drum brake.

The TT-R230 has 11.6 inches of ground clearance and the telescopic front fork affords 9.4 inches of travel while the single rear shock has 8.7 inches of travel.  Seat height is 34.3 inches.  Wheelbase is 54.5 inches   The TT-R230 has a wet weight of 251 pounds and will hold 2.1 inches of fuel.

Yamaha backs the TT-R230 with a 90 day limited factory warranty.  It’s available in two-tone Team Yamaha Blue and White.  Base MSRP on the 2013 Yamaha TT-R230 is $3,990 and it will be at dealerships in October 2012.

TT-R125LE

Bigger kids to adults will love the big fun in this small package.  The TT-R125LE supplies smooth, predictable power and a convenient electric starter to help intermediate and beginning riders develop confidence.  The Yamaha TT-R125LE is powered by an air-cooled, SOHC, four-stroke 124 cc engine with 20 mm Mikuni carburetor and a compression ratio of 10.0:1.  It has a five-speed transmission and chain final drive.  Braking power comes via a single 220 mm front disc and 110 mm rear drum.

2013 Yamaha TT-R125LE

The TT-R125LE can handle most terrains with its 11.6 inches of ground clearance and 31 mm telescopic front fork’s 7.1 inches of travel and single rear shock providing 6.6 inches of travel.  Seat height is 31.7 inches and wheelbase is 50 inches.  Wet weight is 198 pounds with 1.6 gallons of fuel capacity.

There’s a 90 day limited factory warranty.  The color package is Team Yamaha Blue and White.  Base MSRP on the 2013 Yamaha TT-R125LE is $3,290.  It hits dealerships in October 2012.

TT-R110E

Smaller riders will feel right at home on the TT-R110E.  It has a low seat height, but plenty of ground clearance to take on any trail.  It’s equipped with an air-cooled, SOHC, four-stroke 110 cc engine with Mikuni carburetor and a 9.3:1 compression ratio.  It sports a four-speed transmission with chain final drive.  The TT-R110E has drum brakes, 95 mm in front and 110 mm in the rear.

2013 Yamaha TT-R110E

Ground clearance is 7.1 inches and the 31 mm telescopic front fork has 4.5 inches of travel and the rear suspension, a Monocross swingarm with coil spring and gas-oil damper, has 4.3 inches of travel.  Seat height is 26.4 inches, which should accommodate must sized riders.  Wheelbase is 42.5 inches.  The fuel tank holds a full gallon and wet weight is 159 pounds.

Yamaha gives the TT-R110E a 90 day limited factory warranty.  It comes in Team Yamaha Blue and White.  Base MSRP on the 2013 Yamaha TT-R110E is $2,240.  It should on showroom floors now.

TT-R50E

The smallest of the TT-R series of dirt bikes, the TT-R50E is the perfect choice for a beginning rider, or for just have loads of fun riding in the dirt.  It has an air-cooled, SOHC, four-stroke 49 cc engine with a Mikuni carburetor and compression ratio of 9.5:1.  The three-speed transmission has an automatic clutch and chain final drive.  Braking is provided via 80 mm drums front and back.

2013 Yamaha TT-R50E

The TT-R50E has 5.3 inches of ground clearance and the inverted telescopic front fork has 3.8 inches of travel and the single rear shock provides 2.8 inches of travel.  Seat height is 21.9 inches so even the smallest riders will feel confident putting both feet on the ground.  Wheelbase is 36.4 inches.  It has a wet weight of 126 pounds and holds .82 gallons of fuel.

Yamaha’s standard 90 day limited factory warranty applies.  The 2013 Yamaha TT-R50E comes in Team Yamaha Blue and White with a base MSRP of $1,540.  It will be available in November 2012.

PW50

Made for the beginner, the PW50 features a fully automatic transmission and adjustable throttle so mom and dad can gradually increase available speed as their rider’s skills improve.  And with a shaft final drive there’s no messy chain maintenance to worry about.

2013 Yamaha PW50

The PW50 has an air-cooled, two-stroke 49 cc engine with VM12 carburetor and 6.0:1 compression ratio.  Brakes drums front and rear supply plenty of stopping power.  Seat height is 19.1 inches and ground clearance is 4.1 inches.  A telescopic front fork provides 2.4 inches of travel and the unit swingarm has 2.0 inches of rear travel.  The PW50 weighs 86 pounds ready to ride and holds just over half a gallon of fuel.

Yamaha gives the PW50 a 90 day limited factory warranty.  The 2013 Yamaha PW50 is available in Team Yamaha Blue and White with a base MSRP of $1,440 and should be in dealerships now.

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Two Takes On Touring: The 2013 Yamaha Royal Star Venture S and Super Ténéré

Sometimes you just have to answer the call of the open road, clear your calendar and take a day, or week, or month and ride.  And ride.  And then ride some more.  Yamaha has seven motorcycles it classifies as touring or adventure touring models.  Six of them are marketed under the Star Motorcycles badge.  We look at two very different bikes here, both made specifically for long days in the saddle, but each for a very different kind of touring.

Royal Star Venture S

The Royal Star Venture S is Yamaha’s top-of-the-line touring bike.  Matter of fact, as far as price, it’s Yamaha’s top-of-the-line in any category, the only motorcycle Yamaha offers for the 2013 model year with an MSRP above $20,000.  For that kind of money you’d expect to get a bike that’s loaded with luxurious standard features, plenty of storage room and the muscle to get you across the continent as smoothly as across town.  The Royal Star Venture S delivers on all fronts.

2013 Yamaha Royal Star Venture S

You want standard features that cost extra on most full-dress touring machines?  Start with a Star-branded, 8-gig iPod Touch connected to a four-speaker sound system with AM/FM radio.  Add an on-board intercom system and CB radio.  Then there’s the ergonomically designed bucket style seats with wraparound passenger backrest.  Electronic cruise control makes motoring away the miles a breeze.  A 15-gallon trunk and two 9.3-gallon sidebags combine for 33.6 total gallons of lockable storage.  To top it off, Yamaha backs the Royal Star Venture S with an industry-leading 60-month, that’s five years, unlimited mileage warranty and 24-hour roadside assistance program.

The Venture S provides plenty of wind and weather protection with its wide, fork-mounted fairing, windshield and wind deflectors.  Lower cowlings are frame-mounted and keep the elements off the rider’s legs.  Both the rider and passenger get full-sized, floating-type floorboards to make shifting leg positions easier.

2013 Yamaha Royal Star Venture S

The console is pure vintage in looks but provides all the information you need, including digital speedometer, odometer, dual tripmeters, fuel tripmeter, clock, fuel gauge, cruise control indicator, self diagnostics, speed sensor and indicators for neutral, high beams, turn signals and low oil level.  All the controls are within easy reach.

The audio system, which also includes cassette and six-disc CD changer, has a single-point control system and drives 14 watts per channel through the four speakers.  Automatic speed-regulated volume control helps makes sure you can hear your tunes over wind noise.  The CB radio is handlebar-mounted and there’s a dual antenna for the CB and AM/FM radio.

If you find yourself needing more electric accessories than those that come standard on the Venture S, there’s a convenient cigarette lighter-type DC accessory connector in the fairing and a two-pin DC connector under the seat.

Powering the Venture S is a 1,294 cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 70 degree, 16-valve, V-4 engine.  Fuel is delivered via four heated 32 mm Mikuni carbs.  The engine generates a more than adequate 97 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, 89 foot-pounds of torque at 4,750 rpm and has 10.0:1 compression ratio.  A wide-ratio five-speed transmission has a fifth-gear overdrive for low rev cruising speeds and passing power.  The Royal Star Venture S has a shaft final drive.  With a pipe on each side of the bike the four-into-two exhaust gives the Venture S a nice full-throated exhaust note and enhances its long, low profile.

Yamaha ensures a smooth ride on the Venture S with air-adjustable suspension front and back.  The telescopic front fork has 5.5 inches of travel and the solo rear shock has 4.1 inches of travel.  Powerful hydraulic disc brakes provide plenty of stopping power, with dual 298 mm discs in the front and a single 320 mm disc in the rear.

This is a big, long bike with an overall length of 104.5 inches and a wheelbase of 67.1 inches, plenty of room for rider and passenger to stretch out during a long ride.  Rider seat height is a comfortable 29.5 inches.  Did we mention the Venture S is a big bike?  Wet weight is 869 pounds.  Given that it’s that heavy, and has four cylinders, the claimed 39 mpg is pretty impressive.  With its 6.1 gallon fuel capacity you should eat up around 235 miles of highway between fill ups.

For 2013 the Royal Star Venture S is available in the two-tone Charcoal Silver and Raven.  Yamaha gives the Venture S an unlimited mileage, five-year, limited factory warranty.  The base MSRP is $20,590.  The 2013 Yamaha Royal Star Venture S should be on your dealership’s showroom floor right now.

Super Ténéré

The Super Ténéré is Yamaha’s sole entry in the adventure touring category, and it’s the only Yamaha tourer of any type that doesn’t wear the Star Motorcycle badge.  But when you have a bike outfitted with this many standard features, how many do you really need in the same category?

2013 Yamaha Super Tenere

Yamaha won the first Paris to Dakar Rally in 1978 and has won eight more times since then.  That experience inspired the introduction of the Super Ténéré as brand new model for the 2012 model year, and is still evident as the adventure tourer returns for 2013.

No matter the road surface, or for that matter, even if there is no road, the Super Ténéré is built to take you where you want to go.  Three-mode traction control regulates ignition timing and fuel injection based on wheel spin.  The rider can choose to turn the traction control off.

2013 Yamaha Super Tenere

Anti-lock and unified braking are also standard on the Super Ténéré.  All of those electronic gizmos will usually add unwanted weight to a bike, but Yamaha’s engineers use the same wheel sensors for both the traction control and anti-lock braking systems.  With the unified braking system, UBS, squeezing the front brake lever by itself provides some action from the rear brake.  Press the rear brake pedal first and UBS is overridden and you get traditional separate front and rear braking function.

Variable throttle control is another standard feature.  With two settings, the rider is able to adjust performance characteristics of the engine for riding conditions or personal preferences.  In “S Mode” the engine has a more sporty performance and “T Mode” is suited touring or in-town riding.

There are other ways to adjust the Super Ténéré to a rider’s specific style, size and preference.  The windshield is adjustable, as is the rider’s seat height.  And both front and rear suspension are fully adjustable to match load and rider and passenger weight and road conditions.

If there’s one negative thing to say about the Super Ténéré, it’s that no luggage comes as standard equipment.  Yamaha says this “flexible luggage system design” has three possible configurations; standard, which means no luggage, top case installed or side cases installed.  The Super Ténéré luggage was designed side-by-side with the bike so it all works and looks great.  It just would have been nice to equip an adventure touring bike with some way to take your stuff with you when you tour without forking over more money on accessories that some would consider necessary standard equipment by definition of the the type of bike.

A liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC parallel-twin engine with a compression ratio of 11.0:1 powers the Super Ténéré.  The six-speed transmission features a top gear overdrive for optimized for lower rpm highway cruising.  A shaft final drive gets power to the rear wheel.

Gonna be riding on the Interstate, or maybe your route takes you where there are no roads.  No matter.  Suspension on the Super Ténéré is fully adjustable to handle most any surface.  The 43 mm inverted front fork has eight spring preload settings, 10 settings for rebound and 13 for compression damping and provides 7.5 inches of travel.  Rear suspension, featuring a solo shock, has six spring preload settings, 18 settings for rebound damping and 7.5 inches of travel.

That ABS, UBS braking system features dual 310 mm hydraulic discs in front and a single 282 mm disc in the rear.  The seat height can be set at either 33.3 or 34.3 inches.  Wheelbase is 60.6 inches and the Super Ténéré has a wet weight of 578 pounds.  It gets a claimed 40 mpg with a fuel capacity of six gallons, good for an even 240-mile range, which will come in handy if your travels take you where the gas stations are few and far between.

2013 Yamaha Super Tenere

Yamaha gives the Super Ténéré its standard one-year limited factory warranty.  For 2013 you can choose between Matte Gray or Pearl White.  Base MSRP for the 2013 Yamaha Super Ténéré is 14,790.  The bike will hitting dealer’s showrooms in October 2012.

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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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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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