2012 Yamaha XVS1300A Midnight Star

The Yamaha XVS1300A Midnight Star has been described as a laid-back cruiser, but make no mistake about it, there’s nothing ’laid back’ about its performance.

That’s because the XVS1300A Midnight Star is powered by a 1,304cc liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 40valves, V-type 2-cylinder OHC engine, one that’s capable of unleashing a world of power and performance that riders ultimately crave. At the heart of this bike, you’ll find the engine features forged pistons, 4-valve heads and shortstroke con-rods, so that every time you hit the throttle you feel a knockout, low-down punch, that turns into great power.

The bike’s engine make-up has also been added with twin balancers that tune out the unwanted vibrations. It also has an intelligent Unified Braking System that provides an independent or combined wheel braking for total control.

As far as its design characteristics are concerned, the XVS1300A Midnight Star takes the classic 1930s-inspired styling, with a tight body and low silhouette that’s old-school and adds a radical new twist.

Combine the engine, the chromed-up style, the throbbing torque, and the very best of 21st century bike technology, and you have a bike that you can proudly say is far more aggressive than it’s laid back looks suggest.

Find out more about the Yamaha XVS1300A Midnight Star after the jump.

Yamaha XVS1300A Midnight Star

Yamaha XVS1300A Midnight Star

Hop on an XVS1300A Midnight Star, and you’ll see that laid-back, cruiser style doesn’t have to mean laid-back horsepower. Its engine features forged pistons, 4-valve heads and shortstroke con-rods, so every time you hit the throttle you feel a knockout, low-down punch, that turns into serious power.

Twin balancers tune out the unwanted vibrations that can make long journeys wearing, without losing those feel-good power pulses. And an intelligent Unified Brake System offers independent or combined wheel braking for total control.

And it all comes in a package of classic 1930s-inspired styling, with a tight body and low silhouette that’s old-school with a radical new twist.

Get out and explore the open road with Yamaha’s stunning range of cruisers. You’ll find throbbing torque, chromed-up style and the very best of 21st century bike technology - it’s the ultimate blend of cutting-edge engineering and cool cruiser lifestyle.

The Midnight Star range is a powerful mix of substance and style. From the easy-riding of the XVS950A to the classic styling and exhilaration of the XV1900A, the range combines high-powered engines and menacing looks with the ultimate in rider comfort and control.

So climb aboard and do whatever you’ve got to do, whether that’s a cross country hike or a gentle cruise, our bikes are ready.

’Air-cooling design’ fins

Yamaha XVS1300A Midnight Star

When you drive a big cruiser, you’re buying into something special - a love of the open road, the spirit of adventure, and an appreciation of carefully crafted machinery. With the XVS1300A you get all of the above, and the ’air-cooling design’ fins make this one the most stylish and beautifully finished designs in the cruiser class.

Big torque for big roads

Yamaha XVS1300A Midnight Star

You want your cruiser to respond to every turn of the throttle, and the XVS1300A’s short-stroke configuration ensures that it does. The 60 degree V-twin engine offers big performance whether you’re riding around the city or on the highway with a passenger. Its instant acceleration means it can cruise quickly, hour after hour.

Tuned muffler note

Yamaha XVS1300A Midnight Star

Twist the throttle on the XVS1300A, and you’ll hear the kind of growl that reminds you you’re alive. After extensive testing, we have been able to minimise mechanical noise and high frequency sound. The result is accentuated deeper tones that give this big V-twin such a pleasing, low exhaust note.

Handlebar-mounted instruments

Yamaha XVS1300A Midnight Star

You’ll notice that the XVS1300A is a streamlined machine. To maintain an uninterrupted flow from the headlight through to the tip of the flared rear fender, the instruments are mounted on the handlebars rather that on the fuel tank. The unobtrusive one-piece includes an analogue speedometer and warning lights.

’Wild streamline’ styling

Yamaha XVS1300A Midnight Star

Borrowing from a variety of streamlined American designs of the 1930s, the beautifully flowing bodywork seen on this new Yamaha takes cruiser design into new territory. Viewed from any angle, the ’wild streamline’ styling flows seamlessly from the top of the headlight through to the low tail of the steel rear fender.

Left and right side balancers

Yamaha XVS1300A Midnight Star

When you’re on a road trip, and cruising cross country for hours of uninterrupted riding pleasure, comfort is important. The XVS1300A has been designed to cut out vibration, with balancers on both sides of the engine, while allowing the sensual pulse that lets the rider feel the engine working.

Specifications

Yamaha XVS1300A Midnight Star
Engine typeliquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 4-valves, V-type 2-cylinder, OHC
Displacement1,304cc
Bore x stroke100.0 mm x 83.0 mm
Compression ratio9.5 : 1
Maximum Power53.5 kW (73.0PS) @ 5,500 rpm
Maximum Torque106.0 Nm (10.8 kg-m) @ 4,000 rpm
Lubrication systemWet sump
CarburettorFuel Injection
Clutch TypeWet, multiple-disc coil spring
Ignition systemTCI
Starter systemElectric
Transmission systemConstant Mesh, 5-speed
Final transmissionBelt
Framedouble cradle
Front suspension systemTelescopic forks, Ø 41 mm
Front travel135 mm
Caster Angle32º
Trail145 mm
Rear suspension systemSwingarm
Rear Travel110 mm
Front brakeHydraulic dual disc, Ø 298 mm
Rear brakeSingle Disc, Ø 298 mm
Front tyre130/90-16M/C 67H
Rear tyre170/70B-16M/C 75H
Overall length2,490 mm
Overall width995 mm
Overall height1,145 mm
Seat height690 mm
Wheel base1,690 mm
Minimum ground clearance145 mm
Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank)304 kg
Fuel tank capacity19 litres
Oil tank capacity3.7 litres

Quotes

Yamaha XVS1300A Midnight Star

Bikez ---- "Twin balancers tune out the unwanted vibrations that can make long journeys wearing, without losing those feel-good power pulses"

Metropolismotorcycles ---- "Hop on an XVS1300A Midnight Star and you’ll see that laid-back, cruiser style doesn’t have to mean laid-back horsepower"

Visordown ---- "Cruiser engines are getting so huge these days that Yamaha’s new Midnight Star is billed as a middleweight even though its V-twin motor displaces 1304cc, the traditional American 80 cubic inches"


1 comments:

I’ve owned a lot of"bike’s" since 1972.At age 73.Accident free!Ticket free!I’m just beginning to wonder why I didn’t buy a 1300 yamaha sooner.I had a 09’ 950 before.But it didn’t have the extra (omph!)It’s does all that I ask for.When needed! I’ve seen a 2007 1300 with the same spec’s.On craiglist.For sale.Claiming it also was fuel enjected back in 2007.If you wanna ride.It’s all the bike.I’ll ever need for performance.It also will eat more gas than a"950 yamaha"!That was fuel enjected.A"great bike"!But no extra (omph)! You should be aware of that! I looked at some(new) victory’s.But being 5’4".This is just right for me.Seat height ("27")For the "ride".No need to really change the seat.It give’s you a nice ride.Without being tired or getting jet lag!.Because you forgot and had the throttle [accidently] wide open!!Because someone with four wheel’s tryed to annoy you! I miss the ["oil stick"]!But it’s a very efficient engine.That shouldn’t be much of a concern.Being in the northeast. Like the gas cap in the center of the tank.(What a improvement).Hope this will be my last bike.Wake up 6 yrs. from now with over 30,000 mile’s on it.Almost maintance free.Ride yall in sunny weather!Remember don’t let the machine out smart you.Going into or comeing out of curve’s.Visualty.Is so important.I one time leaned the 950 yamaha over a little to far. Going into a curve.People in car’s were blowing their horn’s..Because the floor board’s was throwing off spark’s.I had no choice but to stay "focused" into that curve.Being in control of your "bike" is everything.
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