Yamaha 1300 V-Star Tourer Test Ride Review and Accessory Options

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Yamaha V-Star 1300 Tourer

Yamaha 1300 V-Star

by Glenn Roberts

If you told just 15 years ago that an in a motorcycle which was bigger many import cars of the day was mid-size, they’d look at you you had two heads. But by today’s standards, a cc engine in a cruiser could be taken for mid-size. After a small cruiser these is generally in the 650-800 cc range and not unusual for a large cruiser to 1800 cc and beyond.

For 2007, has launched the V-Star 1300 as a new in the mid-size cruiser wars.

The V-Star 1300 comes in two the standard model and the Tourer. models are very much the but as the name suggests, the Tourer with the touring amenities make a long trip more enjoyable. Those include a windshield, leather hard saddlebags and a passenger

Each locking saddlebag 42-litres of cavernous storage making it easy for a couple to more than enough for a few days on the road.

The look of the 1300 has everything that style dictates. It’s and low, clean flowing has lots of power and it’s to handle. On top of all those features, is garnering quite a reputation for its customized accessories for the whole line of motorcycles and this falls right in step that kind of thinking.

since this V-Star’s and fuel tank are made of making a custom paint job fit in the mix. The Yamaha website many bolt-on items to your V-Star truly own.

Riding the new Tourer makes it easy to rack up the miles in a time. Yamaha seems to the suspension of all its cruisers dialed-in and the 1300 Tourer is no exception. my travels, I had the new V-Star on some rough, frost-heaved sideroads and the absorbed any, and all punishment, and floated over pavement had not weathered well. Not once did the end bottom out on me.

I didn’t ride a passenger but if the ride gets a rough with extra on the back, the single shock is preload adjustable. The rear is mounted out of sight vertically the engine.

The 41 mm front fork loads of travel, 135 mm (5.3”) to be If you ride on roads that bottom out on that kind of you’re on the wrong style of Just like the rear the front end worked flawlessly and a smooth ride.

Adding to ends of the bike are the seven-spoke mag and tubeless 130 and 170 section tires on the and rear respectively. Two-piston squeeze the dual 298 mm full-floating up front while a single pot slows the rear 298 mm rotor The rear caliper hangs low and is hidden behind the swingarm. The lever takes a light to operate the front binders and the brakes do an admirable job to slow the wheel.

All in all, the bike quickly without much on either the lever or the pedal.

Adding to the comfort is the roominess of the The 1,690 mm (66.5”) wheelbase plenty of leg room and the vibration-isolated give the feet some to move around as well. I did that I had to reach for the handlebar as it a little low on my demo unit, but an easy fix to raise it up slightly.

The is wide and comfortable offering support and only hovers 715 mm off of the ground making it an easy fit for riders. The locking seat removes for access to a tool fuses and the battery.

The zero-distortion offers outstanding protection the wind and that is in part huge. When I initially up to the bike, that was the first I noticed and it wasn’t just me, commented on it as well. Personally, I to look just over the top of a but this one goes above my of sight by about 2.5 inches.

I have the opportunity to ride in the but I have no doubt that the torso would be well from on-coming weather. on the other hand, can act in funny on a motorcycle and can seemingly come at you in the direction for no real reason. I was riding the V-Star I had a breeze up from beside the fuel that was strong enough to my coat into my chest.

type of turbulence is generally with having a windshield but seemed excessive, possibly due to the of the windshield. On the plus side for who prefer to ride sans it does come off easily the removal of four bolts.

The analogue speedometer is mounted to the top tree, just to the rider’s of the one-inch rubber-mounted handlebar it easy to see and read at a glance. At the of the gauge is a multi-function digital for the odometer, dual trip clock and low fuel trip Also on the gauge are the necessary lights including a low fuel to catch your attention the need arise.

A switch on the right hand switchgear the toggling between the different of the digital display so there is no to take your hand off of the All hand controls are easy to and the turn signals are self-cancelling. The switch, which serves duty as the steering lock, is located just ahead of the

Finishing up the view from the is the colour-matched headlight pot up front.

The of the new mid-size V-Star is the liquid-cooled cc (80 ci) 60º V-twin engine offering Fuel Injection and chain Single Overhead Cams operate 4-valves per cylinder. the engine is liquid-cooled, Yamaha has a good job of hiding the evidence. The radiator is tucked nicely the frame’s downtubes and it comes no chrome to draw attention to it.

The top hose enters the engine under the fuel tank the lower hose enters the at the bottom directly from the internal water pump. The are almost invisible unless you are looking for them. The engine predominant cooling fins in an to fool the on-looker that the is air-cooled.

The engine dishes out plenty of getting up to speed quickly and The engine produces 11.3 (81.8 ft lb) of torque at 4,000 rpm and seems to be plenty to push the dry weight of 303 kg (666 lb) down the That number will though once coolant, oil and is added to the 18.5-litre tank.

Yamaha V-Star 1300 Tourer

of the bike’s weight, a downshift is not needed to pass a car on the highway in top Although the V-Star doesn’t a tachometer, Yamaha literature the engine revs at only rpm at 110 km/h so a downshift during a pass would put the engine the prime torque range of rpm.

The engine does dual balance shafts to out most of the engine vibration, along with both and handlebar being rubber-mounted, I no vibration in my hands or my feet. I am however, I did feel some of the power pulses through the at various rpm.

Both pipes merge into one at the The exhaust system features a honeycomb catalyzer to reduce exhaust emissions but still to let out a throaty bark at the end of the tailpipe. The injection system is ‘closed meaning oxygen sensors in the pipes, ahead of the muffler, exhaust gases coming the engine and allows the ECU to make management adjustments on the fly.

This means that mufflers can be used and they not affect the way the engine performs.

of previous V-Stars know a pain it was to do your own oil change the front exhaust pipe had to be It might be worth an upgrade to the new for the simple reason that the oil now resides under the engine and no need to be removed for an oil change.

The however, doesn’t have a for checking the oil level, only a glass at the bottom of the engine. In to check the oil level yourself, a jack is required to level the or another person to assist and the bike up so you can look into the glass. Also annoying is the sight glass is partially behind the kickstand bracket.

It be this difficult to perform a task in my mind.

The five-speed shifts smooth and precise so neutral was never an issue. I did a little gear whine, predominant in fourth, but nothing to be about. The clutch lever is an pull and a one-piece heel-toe lever makes easy of shifting.

I found on my demo that my riding boot fit under the toe portion of the lever, but it like if it was adjusted up at the front, the part of the lever might go too far and interfere with the floorboard. drive to the rear wheel is via a low carbon core belt will do a fine job of keeping the wheel clean and the ride

I really enjoyed my few days the V-Star 1300. This is one that will make trips a joy due to its comfortable ergonomics and ride. During my time the V-Star 1300 Tourer, my fuel mileage was 5.5L/100km (52 That should yield 336 km per tank of fuel.

The low-fuel came on at about 220 kilometres so is plenty of warning to find the gas station. With that of distance on a tank of fuel and the of the touring package, it would be to make tracks for a few days at a

Although I didn’t ride the model, I am told it is exactly the just lacking windshield, and passenger backrest and the weight goes along with items, so I have to assume the and performance would be identical.

for the V-Star 1300 Tourer is and the regular V-Star 1300 is For complete specifications or more go to your nearest dealer or check out MMM

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