2013 Yamaha XVS1300A Midnight Star

Posted on by  

The 2013 Yamaha XVS1300A Midnight Star is a laid back cruiser packed with modern technologies and wrapped in a classic design language.

Needless to say that Yamaha’s engineers have spent a lot of time to reward the motorcycle with perfect ergonomics. As a result you are met by a pretty spacious saddle that can accommodate two people without any problems and a modern handle bar fitted with a complete instrument panel. Moreover, the motorcycle is also equipped with twin balancers that tune out the unwanted vibrations making the long journeys more comfortable.

In terms of power , the Yamaha XVS1300A Midnight Star is equipped with a 60 degree V-twin engine with a displacement of 1,304 cc. The engine puts out 53.5 kW (73.0 PS) at 5,500 rpm and 106.0 Nm (10.8 kg-m) of torque at 4,000 rpm.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2013 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 short-stroke 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 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.

  • Balancers tune out rattles, but allow power pulses
  • Classic ’wild streamline’ styling
  • Monocross rear suspension for smoothest of rides
  • High torque, liquid-cooled, V-twin engine
  • Long-and-low chassis with great handling
  • Large, ’air-cooling design’ fins

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 ride 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.


Yamaha XVS1300A Midnight Star
Engine typeliquid-cooled
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
Fuel systemFuel Injection
Clutch typemultiple-disc coil spring
Ignition systemTCI
Starter systemElectric
Transmission systemConstant Mesh
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
MSRP£ 8,299.00

What is your take?

Back to top