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2007 Yamaha V-Star 1300 First Ride

Monday, October 9, 2006
Duke got an opportunity to test the new machine on a recent jaunt around the Blue Ridge Parkway of North Carolina.
Star Motorcycle's new V-Star 1300 offers heaps of style and performance for its reasonable $10K price tag. Duke got an opportunity to test the new machine on a recent jaunt around the Blue Ridge Parkway.
A loafing V-Twin happily thrums its song below as it transports me gracefully along North Carolina's splendid Blue Ridge Parkway, framed by trees whose lush greenery is intermingled with the warm, earthy tones of leaves darkening as autumn closes in at nearly a mile high.

I'm riding past more trees in one minute than I see in Southern California in a year. The elegant fuel tank's rich paint reflects moving pictures of the surrounding colorful foliage back to the rider, floorboards occasionally skimming the meandering road near Mt. Pisgah in gentle strokes.

My mount for the day is the all-new V-Star 1300, the big-feature cruiser from Star Motorcycles that costs less than most people might expect. Cast a long look over the generous flanks of the V13, noting its excellent fit/finish and graceful styling, and you'll probably be surprised to find an MSRP of just $10,090.

You'll also probably be surprised to hear that Star terms this substantial cruiser "mid-sized." With a ready-to-ride weight approaching 700 pounds, this is certainly a huge step up from a Virago 250. But whatever you care to call it, it's virtually impossible to find a more nicely finished cruiser for under 10 grand.

Star Motorcycles (you can call them Yamaha, the parent company, but we can't) hasn't simply updated its aging air-cooled and shaft-driven V-Star 1100, a venerable old warhorse that's remains in Yama...er, Star's lineup starting at $8499. Instead you'll find a 60-degree, 4-valve, SOHC motor with a fairly high 9.5:1 compression ratio for strong torque off the bottom. It gets its 1304cc displacement through an unusually oversquare bore and stroke (100mm x 83mm) for a cruiser. Conversely, Honda's VTX 1300 uses an 89.5mm bore and 104.3mm stroke to achieve its 1312cc size.

Star says this new mill boasts a significant 18 lb-ft jump in peak torque and a 13-pony increase over the 75-degree 2-valve motor in the V-Star 1100. With the 1300's narrower vee angle between cylinders, it's actually slightly smaller in size than the V11. And the V13 adds modern fuel injection through dual 40mm throttle bodies with 12-hole injectors. Roller rocker arms reduce internal friction, and strong forged rods are thrown around by a single-pin crank. An easy-to-change spin-on oil filter is fitted instead of the internal filter of the V11 that requires the removal of engine covers.

Like the recent Kawasaki Vulcan 900 and Honda's VTX, the V-Star's V-Twin is styled to resemble an air-cooled design but with the added benefit of liquid-cooled architecture. A compact radiator nestled tightly between the steel frame's downtubes keeps cylinder temps low, augmented by ceramic cylinder liners. Coolant lines run out of sight under the 4.9-gallon fuel tank that houses some of the fuel in a sub-tank under the seat. Brushed aluminum fins and internal cooling passages help pull off the air-cooled look.

As with many of its competitors  the liquid-cooled V-Star does its best to keep an air-cooled look with its discreet radiator mounted between the downtubes.
As with many of its competitors, the liquid-cooled V-Star does its best to keep an air-cooled look with its discreet radiator mounted between the downtubes.
With 1304cc to lean on, the newest Star has no trouble matching or exceeding the Parkway's prescribed 45-mph speed limit, a fitting location of "relaxed twisty backroads" that Star's market researchers say is the largest usage category for a mid-size cruiser. Power is strong but not impressively so at lower revs. The VTX1300 and H-D's old 88-cubic-inch (1340cc) motor have more punch right off the bottom end before the V-Star motor overpowers them from the midrange on up.

Taking 10% off Star's crankshaft power ratings yields about 70 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque at the belt-driven rear wheel. The VTX's torque peaks at a competitive 72.1 lb-ft, and it does so at a much earlier 2800 revs as opposed to the V13's 4000-rpm maximum. It's up top where the Star really shines, with as much as a 13-horse margin (our estimate) over the 56.8 ponies of the shaft-driven Honda.

Aside from the slight deficiency in power right off idle, the motor in the V13 is a real gem. Not only is it blessed with smooth throttle reapplication, the engine vibrations are superbly quelled by single-axis, double-crankshaft balancers mounted to the left and right of the crank. They cancel high-frequency vibes while retaining a "pulse" feeling V-Twin riders appreciate.

Also aiding highway comfort is much taller gearing than on the V-Star 1100, with the V13's overall ratio in fourth gear equaling the ratio of top gear in the V11. I once saw 80 mph in second gear! However, this expense of torque multiplication combines with the relatively peaky motor to make it feel less grunty than similar-sized cruiser mills, especially at some of the higher elevations we rode.

Thankfully, the V13's clutch is very easy to modulate and has a fairly light pull for a cable-actuated unit. It's 10mm larger with an additional clutch plate as compared to the V11's. Square-dog gears in the transmission result in smoother shifts through the five-speed 'box via a heel/toe shifter. Overall, the transmission is above average for a cruiser, offering fairly smooth and precise shifting through its longish throws.

Star MC doesn't break any new ground in the chassis department - a Roadliner-esque aluminum frame wouldn't allow the V13 to meet its price point - so it's a traditional double-cradle steel frame. Despite its humble specification, the frame's four attachment points for the rigid-mount engine result in a chassis with better composure than you might expect. Flex isn't an issue at the kind of lean angles the V13's floorboards will allow.

Taking 10  off Star s crankshaft power ratings yields about 70 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque at the belt-driven rear wheel.
Getting a healthy bump in performance over the V11's mill, the V-Star 1300 not only casts aside its air-cooled ways but also trades in the old shaft-drive for a new belt configuration.
Decent wheel control is offered by a 41mm fork with a bump-soothing 5.3 inches of travel. At the rear, a linkage-type single shock produces a reasonable 4.3 inches of travel, a handy 0.7-inch margin over the VTX's twin-shock setup. The swingarm, though steel, is styled in a way that looks like a cast-aluminum unit and is long for good suspension control. Rear preload is the only adjustment on the Soqi shock, and reducing it by one click to suit my light weight had the desirable effect of increasing rebound damping to acceptable levels. A rider load of 280-plus pounds will need the preload set to its highest position.

The roads surrounding the press launch's home base in Asheville, NC, are mostly of the twisty kind that motorcyclists love, and here the V-Star proved to be quite capable. With steering geometry not much different from the stable VTX1300 (32.7-degree rake; 145mm of trail), the V13 can be smartly hustled around the sinuous curves of the Great Smokey Mountains with pleasantly neutral handling. As on all cruisers, the limiting factor is ground clearance, leaving enough of a margin for error to not over-tax the stock Bridgestone (or Dunlop) tires in 130/90-16 and 170/70-16 sizes, front and rear, mounted on seven-spoke cast-aluminum wheels. Its available 36 degrees of lean angle is the same as the V11.

The V-Star's front brakes have a weak initial bite that many cruiser riders prefer, but a healthy squeeze reveals the full power of dual twin-piston calipers and 298mm rotors that can howl the front tire. The rear brake, with a single-piston caliper and same-size disc, is strong and easy to control without lockup.

Star MC created the V-Star 1300 in what it calls a "full-size" chassis to fit larger riders who may have been cramped on the V11; its 66.5-inch wheelbase is nearly 2 inches longer. Compared to the older model, the V13's seat is 30mm rearward and the bars are 27mm lower, while the floorboards are in the same location. The seat remains at a reasonably low 28 inches.

It's true that the 1300 will fit taller riders much better than the V-Star 1100, but smaller pilots will find it on the large size. The stock handlebar placement was a bit of a reach for my short frame, but a more comfortable solution was found after rotating the 'bar rearward.

When it comes to cruisers, the bike ain't worth nothing if it doesn't look the part. We think the V-Star pulls off the trick nicely. It at once looks long, low, sleek and classy. It's led by a cool headlight that Star calls "modern classic," and the line of the headlight shell is followed by a thin-profile seamless fuel tank with a stretched look. Fenders are "genuine steel," says Star, and feature a more dynamic cut than a classic style, edgier and more modern.

The new V-Star s powerplant produces ample output on the top end  but its initial grunt down low doesn t match the oomph of its competition.
The new V-Star's powerplant produces ample output on the top end, but its initial grunt down low doesn't match the oomph of its competition.
Several attractive bits set the Star apart from other bargain cruisers, including the attractive seven-spoke aluminum wheels and matching drive pulley, curvaceous taillight, bespoke switchgear, and a remote meter reset on the handlebar. Its instruments, framed by a chrome surround, are attractive and easy to read except when the sun hits the glass face at some angles. The handlebar-controlled toggle that switches between the dual tripmeters, clock and fuel count-up tripmeter when the 1.0-gallon reserve is activated is very handy. Also handy are the self-canceling turnsignals, a cheap-enough feature that should be included on every high-end bike but aren't.

The ability to customize a cruiser such as the V-Star is important to consumers. Star reps tell us that customers spend an average of $2300 on accessories, and two-thirds of that is usually dished out at the time of bike purchase. There's already 38 new accessories for the V-Star 1300 that should be at dealers the same time as the bikes, including a plethora of T-6061 billet accessories, "Comfort Cruise" seats with more resilient foam, and windshields in three different heights.

Star has also placed the stock two-into-one exhaust's oxygen sensor in front of the muffler for easy aftermarket slip-on fitment while retaining factory-level throttle response. An accessory muffler is often one of the first mods a rider makes, but we're so happy with the burly and pleasantly loud stock exhaust that we think it's unnecessary. Also, by using the carbon-fiber belt-drive, customizers have the ability to more easily fit fat-tire kits and radical suspensions.

For an extra $1100 over the standard 1300, you can order your V-Star with the Tourer package that transforms the cruiser into a light-duty tourer. In addition to the tall windshield from the accessory catalog, the Tourer also comes with a passenger backrest and leather-covered hard-shell saddlebags that are smallish but useful in size and are conveniently keyed to the bike's ignition switch. My experience aboard the Tourer revealed a significant amount of coverage from the 23.25-inch shield, which is tall enough to force a rider to look through it rather than over it. Buffeting only becomes intrusive above 75 mph.

The V-Star 1300  shown here in its Tourer guise  is in its element when exploring the sublime backroads of North Carolina.
The V-Star 1300, shown here in its Tourer guise, is in its element when exploring the sublime backroads of North Carolina.
So, as I rolled back in to the hotel in Asheville, I began to catalog my complaints about this newest V-Star. The list is quite short.

I'd hoped for a bit more punch at the bottom end of the V13's powerband, though its strength up top is likely to lead the class. Since its counterbalanced engine is smooth on the highway, it might be a positive move to go up a couple of teeth on the rear sprocket to lower its gearing for more snap around town. Also, although described as mid-size, the V13 isn't for newbies or those small of stature. Perhaps the biggest threat to sales success is that Kawi's Vulcan 900 is value-priced at just $7299, nearly $3000 less than the more powerful and nicely finished V-Star.

But as I sat taking notes about the nearby V-Star, engine ticking away contentedly as it cooled from my ride and pedestrians complimenting me on the bike, it was easy to imagine this Star would be more than enough to satisfy even discriminating riders. The gripes mentioned above are only the kind of small nits that a paid motojournalist can get away with whining about as we try to justify our jobs to an adoring public.

The V-Star 1300 is one sweet machine that is going to make a lot of cruiser consumers very happy. To do it at only a tick over $10 grand makes the achievement especially impressive.

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Comments
Roger -Excellent Reveiw  October 15, 2010 02:30 PM
Have had this bike for over two years functioning as a commuter - numerous modifications, including 3" DG/Hard Krome blacked out exaust, Kury curved license laydown, progressive fork springs and Hypercharger intake. It has a great track record with me - maintenance is straightforward and the bike has a serious beast within - if you Intake/FMS/Exhaust mod this bike. Very happy with the bike though.
willy g yam -yam yam yam 1300---950  October 10, 2010 08:21 PM
Love the stealth l@@k of the bike, lite heavy weight V star 1300-- But after they came out with the v star 950 with the new styling and air cooled engine, that sold me with a $5,799.00 OTD price and all my riding will be short hops around town. and only short runs on the highways, this is all the bike I need.unless I could find a v star 1300 for around $6,500.00----$7,000.00 then the bigger star will get my vote---- for two up riding.
Yamaha Willey -V-Star 1300  October 6, 2010 09:37 PM
fix the bars and let her rip, the seat is probably uncomfortable for tall riders. the handle bars can be loosened and moved rearward for shorter riders like myself and also Duke. I'm 5'9" tall and with a 29" stride!! go figure
Michael -Just purchased my 2007 V Star 1300  September 26, 2010 09:41 AM
I love this bike. I'm 6'3 and just recently decided I was going to start riding again, this bike is nothing short of amazing and perfect for my size. The only negatives I have read about this bike is that it only has one place to lock your helmet and there is no fuel tank instruments. There a lot of after market parts for this bike and I'm finding out that just adding the chrome grill for the radiator and changing out the seat to a more form fitting seat this bike is starting to look like one bad mamma jammba! I love the speed on the freeway and how easy it is to maneuver at slow speeds just cruising.. Thanks Yamaha!!!!
Doug Cumuze -V Star 1300 Tourer  July 30, 2010 08:08 AM
I am 61 years old and bought my 2009 V Star Tourer in Sept of 2009 still in its crate. It is amazing. I would not change anything about it. My friends all have Harleys and except for the take off being slow I have no problem keeping up with thier 96 cubes at any speed. At 80 mph I can throttle up to 90 with ease. I have added about every accessory yamaha has to offer on this bike and it turns heads every where I go. I love the gas mileage. I get 42 mpg in town and 53 mpg at highway speeds. I did replace the beep beep horn with a set of air horns and at 138 decibels it get your attention quick.
GREAT JOB YAMAHA!!!!!!!! Metric all the way.
Jim Heberlein -Old Man's Bike  July 5, 2010 09:01 AM
Bought my 2007 Star 1300 V-Twin Touring in 2008 - it was new. The bike is beautiful and comments are positive. Bike was a retirement present to myself. Need to change the handlebars and am thinking of a Cobra Fuel Processor. Changed to a Mustang seat and while it helped don't think it was worth the $. Have 11K most enjoyable miles -plan on many more.
Albert -To Al Penttila - Just installed RSTD bars  May 8, 2010 08:31 PM
I just changed the OEM handlebars on my 2009 with the RSTD bars and Kury flame grips. Big difference. riding position is much better, you get much more pullback, I'm not leaning forward anymore, and posture is a lot more comfortable. I also noticed I'm also not moving forward and backward on the seat either. You will need to either buy new weights for the RSTD handlebars (the old ones won't fit the RSTD bars) to use your existing OEM grips or buy new grips (no weights needed), but the OEM weights cost more than the Kury flame grips.
Al Penttila -Handle bars  April 21, 2010 07:56 AM
If anyone has installed the RSTD Handlebars, did you have to change the grips, and how do you compare it to the OEM Handlebars?
Dave from Canada -Best all around cruiser  March 17, 2010 11:59 AM
This is my third year on my 07 1300, and I love it ... I am old started riding back in 66 on a Honda CL90, since then, have had em all, this bike has no weak spots in my opinion ... had bigger ( Tour Deluxe ), faster ( FJR1300 )if you just enjoy the open road on an easy ride, this bike is excellent!
Roger -Star rider  February 2, 2010 02:22 PM
I have a 2007 tourer that I bought in 2008. Love the way it handles and rides. Great power. I blow harleys away all the time. LOL I have only a couple of gripes. I only have 6000 miles on it and it is in the shop for a fuel leak. The clutch rattles like crazy and my dealer acts like he's never heard of such a thing. Got a clunk in the front when hitting bumps, I mean a big clunk and again my dealer says they can't hear it. So, I guess most of my grips are dealer related. All it all, I have no regretts.
V Abraham -V1300  January 25, 2010 04:25 PM
Thanks ! Greg !
Greg -V Star 1300 Tourer  January 20, 2010 11:55 AM
Abram...go with the 1300. Height and weight of the bikes are similar. Seat height can be easily lowered by going with the Mustang seat which is slimmer and WAY more comfortable. I totally luv the bike and cannot wait for the snow to melt.
V Abraham -Future Buyer of Vstar 1300 or 1100 ?  January 15, 2010 05:20 PM
Hello ! everyone .
I am considering buying this motorcycle in summer . but im only 5'7"
and 155 lbs . what would you suggest ? the 1300 fuel injection vstar or the 1100 carburettor vstar .appreciate your comments .
Thanks
Steve -Back in The Saddle  January 15, 2010 01:42 PM
It has been many years (20) since I have had a bike. I have been shopping for months and finally pulled the trigger on the V Star 1300. I am really looking forward to riding. Based on all my research and test rides, I beleive that this bike is the best deal dollar for dollar.
Bilal -Exhaust system  January 13, 2010 06:20 AM
I buy a buy midnight star 2008 1300cc ,and im very happy with my bike so amazing bike ,but i have one question the exhaust system is so ugly i want to change it but i dont know from where i can find accessories and how the way to order ,please advise. Thanks Bilal
Greg -V Star 1300 Tourer  January 11, 2010 04:36 PM
I have a 2007 I bought as a leftover in September '09. I still own the 1200 Ninja I have been riding for 3 years now, but have come to the conclusion that the Star is going to be the keeper and the sport bike is going to go. The V13 is a remarkable performer for its size. Going from sportbike to cruiser hasn't slowed me down at all, I just get where I am going in greater comfort. My only mod to the bike was drilling out the exhaust baffle for a bit more of that v-twin sound. This spring there is going to be a Mustang seat for greater comfort and also a swap-out of the windscreen with a Memphis Shade Batwing. What an awesome bike! The only other bike I would switch to is the new Stratoliner Deluxe with the factory fairing, if not that the new Victory Cross Country.
Sederick Smith, Midland Texas -V STAR 1300  January 9, 2010 09:11 AM
Add the cobra pipes!!! A little high in price, but well worth it.
AR -v star 1300  November 22, 2009 04:43 PM
what has put me off is the Kawasaki's oil filter inside the case of the motor now I know that I have made up my mind for the Yamaha v star 1300.Also It will leave the Vulcan in the dust despite weighing 48 Pound's heavier the cost to own the star is alot more money to buy $3000.00 or more dollars compaired to the vulcan
animus user -v star 1300  November 17, 2009 04:54 PM
It's a whole lot of big bike for $10,000.00 plus grand.It probably is worth it, but when it comes to my hard earned cash and city driving all the time, and short freeway driving the Vulcan 900 classic looks better in the cash department. just can't afford the v star 1300.on sale $7,594.00 but when you add all the fees you are out at least nine grand and that same price is the msrp for the Vulcan classic 900 which can maybe can be had for around $5,600.00 plus all the BS they charge and tally up to $7,000.00 or so grand so bad as I hate to, I'm gonna get the Vulcan 900 classic thanks for a great review on the v star 1300.
Wayne -V Star 1300  November 13, 2009 05:51 PM
everyone complains about low end torque that is absent!you can not have good mid range and top end horsepower with good low end torque together.first off the roller cam has a high lift but has short duration that the valves are open.Plus the roller cam and roller rockers open the valves a lot quicker than hydraulic cams.the only draw back is the roller lifters are heavy and rpm must be set with the that in thought.one rocker with both the valves on the same roller lets higher rpms be made.can't wait to get my second Yamaha,had a 650 years ago.
Wayne Rhodes -v star 1300 classic  November 11, 2009 09:04 PM
hello,my wife had a look at a blown up Internet picture of the black in color v star 1300 classic.she saw the wallpaper and told me I can have this bike she fell in love with it right from the beginning.I'm so pleased that she said OK,I've read everything out there on the 1300 and the Kawasaki Vulcan 900.found out I can buy the 1300 for $7295.00 out the door so I'm gonna jump on it thanks for a great interview on the v star 1300 classic.
Ted Myers (chief) -V Star 1300  October 17, 2009 10:44 PM
Bought my 2007 used with 10K on it. beautiful but beautiful is as beautiful does. Around town the bike is a pain to drive. Who needs to go 40 in 1st and 60 in 2nd? It's great cruising if you like to drive about 85 bit's really confortable in 5th with plenty to spare. Lots of noise in slow speed low rpms. I'm looking for a more reasonable rear drive sprocket. I just dont need to go 130 MPH. I love the way the bike looks and drives at highway speeds.
Mike Cason -Handlebars  September 19, 2009 11:31 PM
Steve, The handlebars Ken is referring to are also known as RSTD, or Road Star Tour Deluxe bars. They're a huge improvement over stock, with a lot more pullback. I got mine from Shane at SS Custom Cycle in New York for about $110. Mike
Kevin Husen -v star 1300  August 31, 2009 08:40 PM
my only complaint is it sits too low for my long legs. Do they make a seat that would raise me up a couple inches so that my thigh muscles don't pull?
John Wygal -v star 1300  August 27, 2009 07:34 PM
Had the bike 14 months, 10887 miles later I love it.I ride it daily rear around any type of weather as you can see by the milage. Got 7500 miles out of the rear tire and 10883 out of the front. first yamaha I have owned. I was shopping for a v star 1100 custom but the dealer was out,made me a deal on the 1300, glad they move me up to it.I love the low profile of the bike. John Wygal Star City Ar.
Larry Wesley -V-Star 1300 Tourer  August 22, 2009 10:26 PM
You just can't get a better bike for the style, performance, power and cost that other bike may think they have. I purchase my bike in 2006 and have never regret it. I am always ask why don't I get another bike like what they have and I proudly tell them why settle for second best.
Terry Todd -Yamaha V-Star 1300 Tour - 2008 model  August 21, 2009 08:20 PM
Very happy with performance, dependable and excellent looking. A great ride for a mid-size cruiser. Cruise control would have been a nice offer with this bike.

Terry Todd
Steve Lawson -'bar change on VSTAR 1300T  August 17, 2009 07:26 PM
Ken Apple mentioned changing the h'bars on his Yamaha VSTAR 1300 to move the grips further back (closer to the rider). Can anyone advise me on which bars would fit, and how much back they will finish up when changed. What are RSDX bars? Otherwise, this bike is amazing!
Ken Apple -V Starr 1300 Touring I'd buy this bike again!!!  August 11, 2009 03:16 PM
I bought my V Starr a year ago at the end of May. Since then I have had the pleasure of riding more than 24,000 miles. The one and only "problem" that I have had was clutch rattle. The Yamaha dealer in Roseville took care of the problem in less that one day and at NO CHARGE!!!! A few cons:1) The handle bars were so short that my back bothered me-solution, I installed RSDX bars (and didn't have to change all of the cables) 2) Would have thought that Yamaha would have installed a tach. 3) A gas gauge would have been nice 4)I JUST CAN'T SPEND ENOUGH TIME RIDDING THIS BIKE!!! I love this bike and would buy it all over again!!!!!! The more that I ride this bike the more I like it. JOB WELL DONE YAMAHA!!!! Ken Apple Citrus Heights Ca. ,
Joseph -V-star 1300  July 10, 2009 08:25 AM
I am 27 years old, I bought the 2007 V-Star in 2008, most of you are prob a lot older then me, :) but I like cruisers. When I first sat on the v-star I knew right then and there I had to have it. The price was just right, I do have a 2007 R1 at home with 6,000 miles on it and it has been pretty much un-driven since the v-star was put into my home. If I could best describe this bikes performance and handling to a non bike rider, I would say that this is the Cadillac of bikes, or as I always say this is a couch with an engine attached to it. Safe riding. Joe
low and wide -vstar 1300  July 2, 2009 03:11 PM
love the bike.adding vance n hines exhaust i love it even more.
Brian Zelinsky -v-star 1300  June 27, 2009 11:44 AM
I bought a new 07 1300 v-star cruiser and love it except for 2 flaws. First no gas gauge.Having to set a trip odometer to figure when you might have to run out of gas is annoying. Second but not as important it would of been nice if it had a tach.
RIck Dillon -VStar 1300  June 16, 2009 06:52 PM
coming up on 9000 miles on my 2007 vstar 1300 tourer. Only 2 small complaints. The speedo is off about 5 miles per hour at 70mph. Speedometer reads 75. Engaging throttle at slow speed has a slight tendancy to jerk the bike. Other than that... great power and handling great looks a lot of compliments. I made the right choice in bikes after 18 yr. hiatus.
Jeremy -Tachometer  April 29, 2009 10:34 PM
I'm sure Pacific Coast Star will have a riser mounted tach or something available soon.
Stan Scott -V-Star 1300 Review Comments  January 4, 2009 07:04 PM
Kevin, your review was a pleasure to read and as a 1300 owner I have found your views to be right on. I have only one complaint with the 1300 and it is the lack of power I experience when making slow turns in traffic. Reference your comments :[I'd hoped for a bit more punch at the bottom end of the V13's powerband, though its strength up top is likely to lead the class. Since its counterbalanced engine is smooth on the highway, it might be a positive move to go up a couple of teeth on the rear sprocket to lower its gearing for more snap around town.] How do I "go up a couple of teeth on the rear sprocket"? Is that strictly a dealer fix or is it something I can do? This bike is so exhilarating to ride compared to any bike I have ever owned. The more I ride the better I like it. Thanks for a great article...it confirmed to me that I made a good decision.
Myron Jacobs -your comment regarding the V Star 1300  December 25, 2008 03:10 PM
Dear sirs, your report regarding this motorbike was very precise, as I do own a 2008 model touring. I am by far very happy with my bike, and artikles written by you covering a report, like you did over this particular model, shows that you report is for 100% real and no nonsence added. As an owner of this Yamaha V13, I can asure every body that this motorbike is very well buid, finished and has a high degree of attention put in the technology, concerning the looks & finish. A lot of nuts and bolds are stainless steel, and everthing fits neatly together. Thanks and happy motoring for 2009 Myron Jacobs Willemstad, Curacao myronjacobs@curlink.com
Fred Stalker -V-Star1300  December 4, 2008 11:11 AM
I bought my v-star 1300 tourer (2007 model) 3/08. You hit your article reviev right on the head. Everything you described is what I have found to be true. I am a new rider again after a long layoff from rideing. My previous ride was or still is a 1978 750 Hondamatic. My list price at the dealer was $11,200. I got it for $9500 and thought I was doing well on the price. The only thing I miss on the V-Star is a tachometer. I really enjoy the new ride. Great review from you. Fred Stalker Long Island NY.