All things in moderation, nothing in excess. That’s the idea behind the V Star 1300. At the heart of it beats a fuel-injected 80-cube engine, surrounded by a chassis built to handle. Finished off with a little streamlined style and plenty of Star quality engineering.
Yamaha has taken the traditional cruiser into a bold new territory with the eye catching V Star 1300. Traditional yet modern, classic yet avant-garde. From the throaty exhaust note to the pulse feel of the fuel injected V-twin engine, the V Star 1300 offers something that Yamaha calls “sensual performance” The perfect blend of soul stirring power, handling and comfort highlights the Man-Machine relationship which is so important to owner satisfaction.
Powered by a 1304cc, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, V-twin powerplant, the V Star 1300 boasts class-leading performance, handling and comfort. This generation “wild streamline styling” is sure to turn more than a few heads.
In 1998 Yamaha begins offering a Star middleweight model, V Star 650 Classic (the first V Star ever made) the machine which will lead, almost a decade later, to the creation of a brand new model. But things didn’t evolve so rapidly and surprisingly because Yamaha first presented the V Star 1100, the bike that would provide the powerful legacy behind the 1300 model which also replaced it.
The year 2007 saw the introduction of an all-new expression of concentrated Star Power. This time, displacement increased so riders could enjoy 80 cubic inches of brand new V-twin pulse. Yes, you know it and you most likely love it. It’s the brand new Yamaha V Star 1300.
Presented as an authentic cruiser, it features belt drive and steel fender, which open up the customization possibilities even further.
As you can imagine, this midsize modern classic hasn’t changed at all but we can notice the Red, Galaxy Blue, Candy Red color options for 2007 and Raven, Liquid Silver, Candy Red/Black Cherry for 2008.
2008 Honda VTX1300R
Competitors for the V Star 1300 are all about classic, old-school look. That sumps up the VTX1300R, whose “R” stands for retro, by the way. You’ll understand once you get an eyeful of this beauty, with its deeply valanced fenders, chrome-hooded headlight and timeless tank-mounted instruments. Then, of course, there’s the mighty 1312cc V-twin snarling its throaty growl throughout staggered dual exhaust. You don’t get more classic than this and I bet there’s no better competitor for our Yamaha.
The Honda is cheaper but it is well worth taking in consideration the 2008 Suzuki Boulevard C90 Black. This bike captures all the kinetic energy of a crowded boulevard on a hot August night. Right at the head of its lineup, the Boulevard C90 is the baddest cruiser on the block. With its long-stroke, 45-degree V-twin powerplant, this bike cranks out monstrous amounts of torque, which you can tap into for a raw rush of acceleration in any gear. The Boulevard C90 is equally at home on the wide-open highway. That’s where you can kick back and enjoy its wonderfully spacious riding position, which lets you and your passenger stretch out and ride in comfort all day long. Also featuring bold styling, lustrous paint and sparkling chrome, this is one classic cruiser that’s bound to capture attention, whether you’re cruising down the boulevard or kicking back at a rest stop.
One of Kawasaki’s best-selling cruisers, the Vulcan 1500 Classic owes this success to a big-bore V-twin engine wrapped in ageless styling that serves as a great starting point for a uniquely customized motorcycle. Riders can access an extensive line of Kawasaki accessories to create a distinctive motorcycle that will not only run with the best, but also serve as its owner’s signature.
2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic
2008 Yamaha V Star 1300
Classic look is what the Yamaha V Star 1300 is all about. Since its introduction in 2007, it featured neo-streamline design, which had an important role in this bike’s initiation and huge success. Also including a seamless gas tank and two-into-one exhaust, the V Star 1300 receives the distinctive Star look that sells like nothing else.
Even though the bike retains the classic features that I talk about, it also makes sure to modernize the lines and result into a lighter, sportier, hot-rod inspired ride.
The seven-spoke cast-aluminum wheels look similar to the ones found on the Stratoliner (at least that’s the idea) and the finishing touches are spotless.
Paint quality is worthy of the name Star and Yamaha also added chrome and detailing vie attention wherever you look. What you see is what you get when it comes to Yamahas so the fenders are made out of steel, not plastic.
As I was saying, retro styling blends with modern touches so the bar-mounted instrumentation contains analog speedometer along with LCD display; indicator lights for high beam, turn signal, low oil pressure, low fuel, coolant temperature, neutral and engine diagnostic functions.
If you are willing to find a bike that says “Bad Boy” and still implements those desired modern features that I mentioned about, the V Star 1300 is the best choice for you.