Star builds their 2010 V Star 1300 Tourer as the ideal midsized highway motorcycle that makes no concessions in what concerns power, comfort and built quality. Combining a bulletproof and dynamic 80-cubic-inch engine, a low (28.1 in) seat height and Star unmatched fit and finish, this package simply had to be widely exploited.
Last year we saw two different models available, the simple V Star 1300 and the V Star 1300 Tourer. This last came fitted with a tall windscreen, leather-wrapped, hard sidebags as well as a passenger backrest, all contributing at delivering a machine that is meant to keep the rider and passenger traveling for long distances in complete comfort. Well, find out after the break how the 2010 model year is even more comfortable and stylish.
The engine remains the same 80-cubic-inch, liquid-cooled, V-twin; SOHC, four valves per cylinder, the biggest ever to be mounted on a V Star model and it shows. This unit is not only impressive looking, but features a fuel injection system which lines it up next to even bigger models. Also thanks to the capable engine, the V Star 1300 Tourer meets both the demands of riders who just start out and even of experienced ones who have long quit going for the biggest and meanest cruiser/tourer out there, but simply for the one that suits them best.
And it’s not just the powerplant. Take weight for example. The 2009 base model only weighs 668 lbs while the touring one doesn’t go over 712 lbs. Relying both on the same versatile chassis, what these bikes require is to be set into motion and they’ll work their magic beautifully. There is a double cradle steel frame on which the engine mounts solidly and, still, the vibrations level is within decent limits. A relaxed cruising feel is enhanced by the 5.3 inches of travel front (telescopic fork) and the 4.3 inches of travel rear (single shock) while braking performance is excellent thanks to a pair of 298 mm discs up front and a single also 298 mm one at the rear.
Being determined to improve comfort and looks, Star reshaped the handlebar of the 2010 V Star 1300 Tourer and by bringing the bars closer to the rider, this benefits of a much more relaxed riding position. They’ve also replaced 2009’s seat with a new “dish” shape one, which allows riders to carry on registering miles long after other members of the pack would have ceased. The new seat will also allow more riders to flatfoot the ground, which is good.
Star claims their V Star 1300 Touring goes 42 mpg and with a 4.9 gallons tank, this bike really is self-sufficient. Yet, contenders aren’t falling behind and it’s always worth keeping an eye opened for that aspect as well. But why not start with seeing where the V Star comes from?
Suzuki’s midsized cruisers are the Boulevard C90 and C90T , both being powered by an 89.2-cubic-inch, air-cooled, OHC, 45-degree V-twin that is as well fuel injected and implicit slightly more powerful than Star’s 80-cubic-inch motor. Still, performances are pretty much in the same interval as the C90 weighs 705 lbs and the C90T weighs 747 lbs. These bikes don’t feature a distinctive belt final drive like the two Stars do, but shaft drive. Yet, the five-speed tranny is there. Although by the way that the two Boulevard models look like it would seem they deserve a decent place in any motorcycle museum, they are actually built to be ridden, so they sell for $11,299 (C90) and $12,299 (C90T).
The Honda VTX1300R ($10,299) and VTX1300T ($11,499) are significantly cheaper motorcycles of the category and a closer look reveals why. Honda hasn’t yet prepped up a fuel-injection system for the 80.06-cubic-inch, liquid-cooled, 52-degree V-twin; SOHC, three valves per cylinder engine and the models carry on to 2009 being powered by the 38mm constant-velocity carbureted engine. Performance isn’t of crucial importance in this category, but appearance is, so the Retro model features deeply valanced fenders, lots of chrome as well as amazing finishing. The same thing applies to the VTX 1300 Tourer only that this model adds a windscreen, leather saddlebags and a backrest as standard equipment.
It’s always good to know what you’re working against, but with the 2010 Star V Star 1300 Tourer and the 2009 Star V Star 1300 we could have really skipped that as the bikes are very refined and also inspired by the biggest Star motorcycles, each from the specific category that it belongs too.
The fenders aren’t deeply valanced, but do stand out as being classy while the gas tank and the V-twin motor are positioned low for a good center of gravity. The seat is also only 28.1 inches from the ground and the floorboards positioned way up front for a relaxed cruising position with the handlebars being pulled back.
Unlike other middleweight cruisers that feature a two-into-two exhaust, the largest V Stars only features a large silencer that is also a Star characteristic, a pretty unique one too. Compact, so well put together, the Star’s 98 inches length is harnessed by the two seven-spoke cast wheels with beefy tires on the cruising-type model and seven-spoke aluminum wheels also with beefy tires on the touring-type motorcycle.
As mentioned in the introduction, the Tourer stands out thanks to the tall windscreen, leather-wrapped, hard sidebags and a passenger backrest. Colors available for 2010 are Raven and Impact Blue and they also add gloss black finish on the frame and make the thing look expensive. This tourer’s modern-classic look is completed by a new 3-D tank emblem design and the even more chromed parts such as the new chrome headlight housing and chrome belt guard.
The 2009 Star V Star 1300 features two stylish color schemes, Raven and Pearl.
Star offers the 2010 V Star 1300 Tourer for an MSRP of $11,790 regardless of color, but you can still get a 2009 V Star 1300 cruiser, which starts at $10,290, and accessorize it as you consider best. These numbers unveil a good price-quality ratio, which is also the main factor for which these motorcycles sell fast.
Overall, the two Star motorcycles show no radical changes, but as you can suppose (given the category), they don’t actually need them. Fuel injection makes that engine grunty and very effective while the wisely engineered frame ensures proper handling as well as comfort. Add a smooth overall design and some attractive color schemes while keeping the prices down and you’re in with an unbeatable combination…actually two.
Engine and Transmission
Type: 80-cubic-inch (1304cc) liquid-cooled V-twin; SOHC, 4 valves/cylinder
Bore x Stroke: 100.0 mm x 83.0 mm
Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
Fuel Delivery: Fuel injection
Ignition: TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission: 5-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Final Drive: Belt
Chassis and Dimensions
Frame: Double Cradle
Suspension/Front: Telescopic fork; 5.3-in travel
Suspension/Rear: Single shock; 4.3-in travel
Brakes/Front: Dual hydraulic disc, 298mm
Brakes/Rear: Hydraulic disc, 298mm
Tires/Front: 130/90-16M/C 67H
Tires/Rear: 170/70B-16M/C 75H
Wheels: 7-spoke aluminum
Length: 98.0 in
Width: 38.6 in
Height: 43.9 in
Seat Height: 28.1 in
Wheelbase: 66.5 in
Fuel Capacity: 4.9 gal
Fuel Economy: 42 mpg
Wet Weight: 712 lb
Warranty: 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)
Features & Benefits
New for 2010: