the cruiser division of Yamaha, is staking its claim to the mid-sized production bagger segment. In fact, the company can say it rules the class because according to them it’s the only major manufacturer to offer a mid-sized production bagger in the form of its new 2013 V Star 1300 Deluxe.
Star says its 2013 V Star 1300 Deluxe fills a niche which no other major manufacturer addresses, the mid-sized production bagger. The 2013 V Star 1300 Deluxe features a fork-mounted polycarbonate front fairing similar to the one off the Stratoliner Deluxe.
At the heart of Star’s only all-new cruiser model for 2013 is a 1304cc liquid-cooled V-Twin. The 80 cubic-inch engine has been mounted slightly forward on the bike to keep the front-to-rear weight distribution dialed-in. The mill features ceramic composite cylinder sleeves, tech gleaned from its superbikes, which house 100mm forged pistons. Forged connecting rods and a single crankpin ensure the requisite lumping character of a V-Twin is met. Spent gas will be jettisoned out the back courtesy of chrome 2-into-1 exhaust.
The 60-degree V-Twin will be housed in a double-cradle steel frame aimed to keep handling on the 2013 V Star 1300 Deluxe rider-friendly. A stout 41mm fork has a healthy 5.3-inches of travel while a single rear shock is adjustable for preload. Chunky 16-inch tires are mounted on seven-spoke cast wheels, the backside receiving a matching rear pulley. Hydraulic disc brakes are entrusted with braking duties, the front running 298mm dual discs while the rear is outfitted with a single 298mm disc.
The fork-mounted fairing has the sleek shape of the one used on the Stratoliner Deluxe
, albeit with a taller touring windscreen. If it is indeed like the Straloliner’s fairing, the fork-mounted unit will be made of lightweight polycarbonates and shouldn’t inhibit steering much. Inside the cockpit are speakers for the audio system and a Garmin Zumo 665 GPS mounted cleanly in the middle. Besides aiding in navigation, the Garmin Zumo 665 is XM satellite ready and has Bluetooth wireless capability to go along with features like lane assist and weather and traffic condition readouts. Riders can hook up their iPod in the right saddlebag while music is controlled by buttons on the left handlebar. Instrumentation is also bar-mounted and includes an analog speedo with LCD display, high beam indictor, turn signal, low oil level, coolant temp, neutral and engine diagnostics.
The bags of the 2013 V Star 1300 Deluxe are color-matched, lockable hard saddlebags designed to match the styling of the V Star 1300 Deluxe and hold a claimed 7.6 gallons each. Star continues to feature steel fenders on their cruiser, unlike the plastic used by other metric cruiser manufacturers, a small detail that has the potential to influence buyers in this segment of motorcycles. The 4.9-gallon tank is short and wide. Star mounted the fuel pump in a separate, hidden sub-tank that allows for the thin tank design.
The 2013 V Star 1300 Deluxe is offered in a single colorway, Deep Blue, and has an MSRP of $13,690. Star’s new mid-sized bagger comes with a one-year limited factory warranty and joins the two returning members of Star’s 1300 class, the 2013 V Star 1300 Tourer and the 2013 V Star 1300.