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- 2008 Yamaha V-Star 1300
2008 Yamaha V-Star 1300
Solid performance. Great looks.
The 2008 Yamaha V-Star 1300 is powered by a 1304cc, fuel injected, liquid-cooled, V-Twin powerplant; V-Star 1300 boasts class leading performance, handling and comfort. Next generation "wild streamline styling" is sure to turn more than a few heads.
All things in moderation, nothing in excess. That's the idea behind the V Star 1300. At the heart of it beats a fuel-injected 80 cube engine, surrounded by a chassis built to hanle. Finished off with a little streamlined style and plenty of Star quality engineering.
Yamaha has taken the traditional cruiser into a bold new territory with the eye catching V-Star 1300. Traditional yet modern, classic yet avant-garde. From the throaty exhaust note to the pulse feel of the fuel injected V-twin engine, the V-Star 1300 offers something we call "sensual performance". The perfect blend of soul stirring power, handling and comfort highlights the Man-Machine relationship which is so important to owner satisfaction.
1304cc (80 cubic inch), liquid-cooled, short stroke, SOHC, 4-valve, 60° V-twin powerplant pumps out incredible amounts of class leading power and torque for unparalleled acceleration and cruising performance.
Liquid-cooling not only allows for higher state of tune because it maintains more stable operating temperatures, but also reduces mechanical noise especially from the valve train for a quieter engine.
In an effort to maintain the classic air-cooled appearance of the engine, cooling fins have been added as a styling touch.
The short stroke engine design reduces the "height" of the engine, while the 60 degree "V" makes the engine more compact thereby centralizing mass and lowering the center of gravity for lighter more responsive handling.
Classic V-twin "pulse feeling" and engine character highlight this new powerplant while annoying vibration has been eliminated.
One-piece cylinder heads feature 4-valves per cylinder to provide optimum breathing efficiency for maximum power output. Each head is fitted with a single spark plug.
Stylish new chromed cylinder head cover.
The SOHC valve train features 36mm intake and 32mm exhaust valves with single springs for great power and torque. Valves angles are set at 20 degrees from centre. Specially designed roller rockers activate the valves. The rocker system allows a greater amount of valve lift without producing excessive camshaft wear and friction. The slipper portion of the rocker arm features a needle bearing to further reduce wear and slide resistance. The camshafts have been specially designed for use with roller rockers.
Optimized squish area forces the fuel / air mixture toward the centre of the combustion chamber for more complete combustion and hence improved power and cleaner emissions. Long reach spark plugs are utilized.
The water pump is integrated with the oil pump is located inside the engine cases to keep a cleaner, more traditional air-cooled look to the powerplant. The engine is a wet sump design.
The radiator is mounted between the front frames down tubes to minimize its appearance especially when viewing the machine from the side. Even the rad hoses have been discretely placed for a cleaner appearance. An electric fan aids in cooling in stop and go traffic. Special cooling louvers direct air to the rad.
Automatic hydraulic cam chain tensioner reduces mechanical noise.
Ceramic composite-plated cylinders reduce weight, increase cylinder life and provide uniform heat dissipation. The cylinders have a tapered "V" appearance to highlight the V-twin design. Cylinder bore is 100mm.
Forged pistons offer great durability and reduced weight for faster engine response.
Crankshaft features a single crank pin. The crankshaft turns counter clockwise. This specially designed crank helps to enhance the pulse feeling and engine character.
Forged connecting rods ride on a single crank pin for that true V-twin sound and feel.
Single axis, left and right dual engine counter balancers reduce vibration to a minimum while maximizes rider comfort.
Crankcase design features internal oil and coolant lines for a clean, air-cooled engine appearance. There are special piston coolers that spray oil at the under side of the piston.
Easy access, spin on type oil filter is located under the engine in the cases. There is no need to remove any parts to access the oil filter.
Classic side mounted 3.7 liter airbox houses a high-flow viscous paper-type filter and adds that special styling touch.
Dual bore, 40mm returnless-type throttle body fuel injection system with TPS (Throttle Position Sensor) and ISC (Idle Speed Control) . This is a "closed loop" system that utilizes an oxygen sensor. The oxygen sensor feeds back info to the ECU which in turn adjusts the fuel/air mixture for maximum power with minimum emissions. The oxygen sensor is located before the mufflers, so the use of slip-ons will not affect this system. Each injector features 12 holes and a dual spray pattern for better atomization and more complete combustion chamber filling. There is one injector per cylinder. Fuel injection benefits include improved fuel economy, chokeless operation, reduced emissions, and smoother running.
High pressure fuel pump is located in a separate sub tank below the seat.
2 into 1 exhaust system features a 3-way honeycomb catalyzier at the entry point to the muffler. The catalyzier reduces harmful exhaust emissions, while the muffler produces a throaty V-Twin growl. The rear portion of the muffler features a "slash cut" end
Smooth-shifting, 5-speed transmission with 5th gear overdrive delivers outstanding cruising performance and reduced rpms at highway speeds. The engine is spinning at 3,400 rpm at 110 km/hr.
Clean, quiet belt drive system is extremely low maintenance and simplifies customization. The belt is unique to the XVS1300 and features a carbon core for strength.
The 7-spoke rear pulley has been styled to match the cast wheels.
Air Induction System (A.I.S.) reduces harmful exhaust emissions (CO + HC).
One piece classic heel-and-toe shifter adds versatility and enhances the overall cruising experience.
Electric starting system features a new mechanical centrifugal decompression device in the exhaust camshafts for easy, no-hassle starting.
Double cradle steel frame offers roomy ergonomics, and great handling. This frame utilizes a rigid engine mounting system to optimize the overall rigidity balance for superior handling. The rake is 32 degrees, while the lean angle is a sporty 36 degrees.
Steel swingarm matches the frame and provides superior performance in a wide variety of conditions, while also making a bold styling statement.
Long 1,690mm (66.5") wheelbase creates a long, low retro profile, solid stable handling and great roomy rider comfort. This chassis is longer than the XVS1100 by 45mm and offers a 48% / 52 % front to rear weight distribution.
The long low design means spacious ergonomics with lots of leg room, which maximizes both rider and passenger comfort. Seat height is only 710mm (28") off the ground
41mm KYB front fork features stylish large-diameter covers. Wheel travel is 130mm (5.1") for a smooth, comfortable ride.
Monocross style, spring preload-adjustable, single-shock, link rear suspension centralizes mass for easy handling. The linkage system provides a rising rate effect that provides excellent compliance on both small and large bumps.
Rear shock is vertically mounted behind the engine and is tucked out of sight for that classic, hardtail look. Rear wheel travel is 110mm (4.3").
Dual 298 mm, floating front 2 discs are squeezed by compact twin piston front calipers.
298 mm rear disc brake is squeezed by single piston caliper mounted to the underside of the swingarm. This design not only helps to hide the caliper but also lowers the center of gravity for better handling.
Lightweight 7-spoke cast aluminum wheels are fitted wide tubeless tires. The new stylish wheels are both easy to clean and never require maintaince. The rear drive pulley matches the new wheels.
Full-size, "tapered" floating-type rider floorboards are roomy and comfortably positioned while also helping reduce vibration. There is a replaceable "scraper" area on the lower edge of the footboard.
1 inch, rubber mounted handlebars are easy to reach and help to reduce vibration as well.
Front and rear fenders are steel for easy customization and painting if desired.
18.5 liter teardrop shaped fuel tank with flush mounted filler cap. Fuel tank seam is hidden for that clean, custom look. Reserve portion is 4.5 litres.
Generous rider and passenger seats offer plenty of room and support for all day riding comfort. Seat height is only 715mm or 28.1 inches off the ground
Handlebar-mounted chromed instrument features a stylish new design. Readouts include: analog speedometer, digital odometer, dual tripmeters, low fuel tripmeter, clock and low fuel warning light. Stylish red background illumination.
Handlebar switch gear allows the operator to change instrument meter functions via buttons on the back of the RHS handlebar switch, thereby eliminating the need to take your hands off the bars to adjust the main instrument functions.
60/55 watt high intensity headlight emphasizes the "wild streamline", mass forward styling design. The headlight is adjustable both up and down plus left and right via remote adjusters. There are also two 35 watt accessory light connectors inside the headlight shell for accessory passing lamps.
Industry-leading Star family fit and finish features rich, lustrous paint and extensive chrome accents creating a machine as stunning as it is powerful.
Extra wide front brake and clutch levers provide a quality feel.
Steering lock is integrated into the main ignition switch for extra convenience.
Handy, under seat helmet holder
Low-maintenance, sealed battery ensures fuss-free, dependable starting. This battery requires no maintance except during winter storage
Self-cancelling turn signals feature clear lenses.
Conventional passenger footpegs
High output 460 watt generator
SPECIFICATIONS USA - 2008 Yamaha V-Star 1300:
MSRP* $10,090 (Raven) Available from September 2007
$10,090 (Liquid Silver) Available from September 2007
$10,290 (Candy Red/Black Cherry) Available from September 2007
Type 80-cubic-inch (1304cc) liquid-cooled V-twin; SOHC, 4 valves/cylinder
Bore x Stroke 100.0 mm x 83.0 mm
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Fuel Delivery FI
Transmission 5-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Final Drive Belt
Frame Double Cradle
Suspension/Front Telescopic fork; 5.3-in travel
Suspension/Rear Single shock; 4.3-in travel
Brakes/Front Dual hydraulic disc, 298mm
Brakes/Rear Hydraulic disc, 298mm
Tires/Front 130/90-16M/C 67H
Tires/Rear 170/70B-16M/C 75H
Wheels 7-spoke cast
Length 98.0 in
Width 38.6 in
Height 43.9 in
Seat Height 28.1 in
Wheelbase 66.5 in
Dry Weight 624 lb
Fuel Capacity 4.9 gal
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)
SPECIFICATIONS Canada - 2008 Yamaha V-Star 1300:
Suggested Retail $11,499 CDN
Engine Liquid-cooled, SOHC , 4-valve, 60°, V-twin
Displacement 1,304 cc (80 cubic inch)
Bore and Stroke 100 x 83 mm
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Maximum Torque 11.3 kg-m (81.8 ft-lb) @ 4,000 rpm
Fuel Delivery Dual bore 40 mm Fuel Injection
Ignition Digital TCI
Final Drive Belt
Suspension (Front) 41mm fork
Suspension (Rear) Adjustable link Monocross
Brakes (Front) Dual 298 mm discs
Brakes (Rear) 298 mm disc
Tires (Front) 130/90-16 (bias ply tire)
Tires (Rear) 170/70-16 (bias ply tire)
Length 2,490 mm (98")
Width 980 mm (38.6")
Height 1115 mm (43.9")
Wheelbase 1,690 mm (66.5")
Seat Height 715 mm (28.1")
Dry Weight 283 kg (622.6 lb)
Fuel Capacity 18.5 litres (3.7 imp. gallons)
Colour(s) Black Metallic; Silver 3; Deep Metallic Red
Specifications and features are subject to change
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