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2011 Yamaha V Star 1300


As authentic cruisers go, the Yamaha V Star 1300 holds a back seat to no one. The mid-sized cruiser offers a blend of modern classic styling to go with a lighter and sportier, hot-rod-inspired ride. This is achieved with a 1,304cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected V-twin engine, producing the kind of excellent power across the board, along with a highly stimulating exhaust note that very few of its competitors can achieve.

Yamaha has taken the traditional cruiser into a bold new territory with this bike. If it’s not enough that the classic yet avant-garde design of the bike has been given a fresh new look, the bike’s powertrain, chassis, and suspension set-up leave no hint of restraint, providing superior power and unquestioned handling.

If you’re in the market for the perfect blend of soul stirring power, handling, and comfort highlights, you can’t do any better than the Yamaha V Star 1300.

Find out more about the Yamaha V Star 1300 after the jump.

Design

Yamaha V Star 1300

Star quality paint, chrome, and detailing vie for attention wherever you look; that’s what the new Yamaha V Star 1300 offers. For the 2011 model of the V Star 1300, the handlebar bend is changed, bringing the bars closer to the rider for a more relaxed riding position. Likewise, the shape of the seat has been redesigned with a “dish” shape for improved comfort, allowing riders to touch the ground easily. There’s also a new 3D tank emblem design adorning the V Star 1300 and evoking a modern-classic look and plenty of new touches of chrome, including the new headlight housing and chrome belt guard. Plus, there’s a new gloss black finish on the frame that adds a high-quality look.

There’s also a retro-modern bar-mounted instrumentation that contains an analog speedometer along with an LCD display, as well as indicator lights for high beam, turn signal, low oil level, low fuel, coolant temperature, neutral, and engine diagnostic function. A bright multireflector headlight, LED taillight, and amber turn signals behind clear lenses round out the new touches for the 2011 V Star 1300.

Performance

Yamaha V Star 1300

A 1,304cc liquid-cooled, short stroke, SOHC, 8-valve, 60° V-twin powerplant has been fitted to the V Star 1300, producing incredible amounts of class leading power and torque for unparalleled acceleration and cruising performance. The electric start system of the bike comes with a mechanical centrifugal decompression device in the exhaust camshafts, allowing for easy, no-hassle starting. One-piece cylinder heads - each head is fitted with a single long read spark plug - feature 4-valves per cylinder, providing optimum breathing efficiency for maximum power output. Ceramic composite cylinder sleeves containing 100mm forged pistons offer excellent durability and longevity while a sly cooling system routes liquid through hidden hoses and internal engine passages for air-cooled looks and liquid-cooled performance.

Chassis and Suspension

Yamaha V Star 1300

The Yamaha V Star 1300 comes with a steel cradle frame that carries four solid engine mounts, allowing for maximum rigidity and excellent handling. A stylish, braced steel swingarm and rear wheel are also part of the whole set-up and are controlled by a single linkage-mounted shock absorber, adjustable for spring preload. 41mm fork tubes with stainless steel covers act as suspensions for the bike, serving up a smooth and controlled ride. As for the brakes, the V Star 1300 comes with a pair of 298mm front brake discs that provide excellent power and feel, while a strong, light, and low maintenance belt final drive routes power smoothly and efficiently to the rear wheel.

Pricing

The Yamaha V Star 1300 carries a price tag of $10,890.

Specifications

Yamaha V Star 1300
ModelXVS13AAB
Engine Type80-cubic-inch (1304cc) liquid-cooled
V-twin; SOHC, 4 valves/cylinder
Bore x Stroke100.0 x 83.0mm
Compression Ratio9.5:1
Fuel DeliveryFuel Injection
IgnitionTCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission5-speed;
multiplate wet clutch
Final DriveBelt
FrameDouble cradle
Suspension/FrontTelescopic fork;
5.3-in travel
Suspension/RearSingle shock;
4.3-in travel
Brakes/FrontDual hydraulic disc, 298mm
Brake/RearHydraulic disc, 298mm
Tire/Front130/90-16M/C 67H
Tire/Rear170/70B-16M/C 75H
Wheels7-spoke aluminum
L x W x H98.0 x 38.6 x 43.9 in
Seat Height28.1 in
Wheelbase66.5 in
Fuel Capacity4.9 gal
Est. Fuel Economy42 mpg
Wet Weight668 lb
ColorRaven

Quotes

Motorcycle ---- "Yamaha has taken the traditional cruiser into a bold new territory with the eye catching V-Star 1300."

Totalmotorcycle ---- "Newly improved for 2011, the V Star 1300 is more comfortable, thanks to a new handlebar with more relaxed riding position and a new lower seat"

Ralepi ---- "Yamaha has always created new motor with an attractive appearance and a very good engine with very advanced technology, such as the motor that was launched this year is the Yamaha V-Star 1300, this bike is perfect for exploring the continent with the ease and comfort."




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