Yamaha V Star 1300 Tourer

Yamaha V Star 1300 Tourer. An American Bike?

It looks American. The V Star line borrows a lot of design features from Harley. The truth is the Yamaha V Star 1300 Tourer is built in Japan. The Star line has headquarters in Cypress, California. Stars are designed and built for Americans but if you’re stuck on Made in The USA this isn’t for you. On the other hand, you’ll be missing out on one hell of a bike. So, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, onward.

Yes, you can’t deny, the designers were inspired by Harley. I guess that’s a good thing. But Yamaha isn’t the only manufacturer borrowing Harley’s looks.

V Twin Power

Powered by a 1304cc (80 cubic inch) V-Twin this bike has plenty of power and torque. The liquid cooling radiator doesn’t really detract from its classic looks. You won’t even notice it that much from the sides. Cooling fins on the cylinders do a good job of keeping the classic style intact.

As you would expect there is plenty of adequate storage. The windshield, available in different heights, can be removed quickly. Also, the back rest. This makes it easy to switch from long distance touring to commuting in a matter of minutes

The Ride

This is a big bike but the handling is quite nimble. The engine has enough power to get up to highway speeds, or more, quickly and with authority. The low center of gravity make handling even at low speeds effortless. Seat height is a comfortable 27.2 inches.

One of the best things about the V Star 1300 is it’s sound. I like it. Sound is subjective and I can’t really put it into words but the sound is impressive.  Not that it matters that much. Scratch that. It does matter.

The Yamaha V Star 1300 Tourer is and will be a strong competitor with the likes of Harley, Indian and the other made for USA Japanese Bikes. If you’re in the market for a cruiser/touring bike, check it out. You will be impressed.

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