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2013 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Deluxe Preview


by Pascal Bastien ,

The Star family welcomes a new member for 2013, making it broader and more diversified than ever before. The 2013 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Deluxe offers more equipment and better finish for riders who like to travel in style.

2013 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Deluxe

The American bagger way
Baggers are still the rage (judging by the growing number of models in this particular market segment) especially from the U.S. side. The new 2013 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Deluxe will appeal to bagger fans with a pair of hard-shell saddlebags with quick installation and opening mechanisms, a stylish full fairing with a taller windshield, a new Purplish Metallic Blue body paint and, of course, plenty of chrome.

Moreover, a Garmin Zumo 665 navigation system is included, along with Bluetooth, satellite radio, and iPod connectivity.

Proven powerplant
The liquid-cooled 1,304cc V-twin on the 2013 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Deluxe uses four valves per cylinder, as well as forged pistons and connecting rods that offer a great balance between rigidity and light weight. Other Yamahas featuring this powerplant provide a good mechanical feel thanks to a crankshaft with a single crank pin design, and dual engine counter balancers that reduce vibrations.

From the beginning, the engine in the 2013 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Deluxe managed to impress with the type of performance you normally see with larger-displacement motorcycles. It delivers energetic acceleration and passing power (even with a passenger on board), maintains a good cruising speed in the face of high winds, and easily gets you out of tough spots regardless of road conditions.

Count on this mill to handle its new touring duties like, well, a star. The nicely calibrated 5-speed transmission and silent, no-maintenance belt final drive will just make the whole thing even sweeter.

Wrapping up the 1300 Deluxe
The 2013 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Deluxe wraps a modern and charismatic engine in a package that combines the sleek lines of a cruiser with the comfort and protection of a touring motorcycle. This sharply executed Japanese bagger can be yours for $14,499, or $1,000 more than the 1300 Tourer.

2013 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Deluxe
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