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– 2012 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Tourer
2012 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Tourer Review
Weekends will always seem too short.
The V Star 1300 Tourer has it all for you to see the boulevard and the country in comfort and style.
The 2012 Yamaha V-Star 1300 has a casual touring stablemate. The 2012 V-Star 1300 Tourer version of the V-Star 1300 has all the same great features plus a windshield, locking saddlebags and passenger backrest. The value added items are sure to have the miles rolling by in style and comfort.
The V-Star 1300 Tourer has the same class leading power and handling of the regular V-Star 1300 plus 3 of the most sought after “casual touring” extras.
A windshield, locking saddlebags and passenger backrest make the Tourer a perfect weekend escape machine. From the spacious rider floorboards to the roomy saddlebags, all of the components blend together to offer unmatched function, comfort and style.
Our most powerful V-Star Tourer.
This 2012 Yamaha V-Star makes you feel good all over. The handlebars provide a relaxed riding position, the contoured seat is just 27.2 inches and with standard features like belt drive, leather covered hardbags and an adjustable windscreen you are ready to roll in style and comfort. And don’t forget the 80 cubic inch, fuel injected V-twin engine that provides plenty of power, a great exhaust note and tons of reliability.
2012 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Tourer Highlights and Key Features:
Fuel Consumption ± 18kpl/51mpg(Imp)
60 degree, fuel injected, V-twin
Windshield, backrest & saddlebags
•The V Star 1300 Tourer comes standard with hard leather-wrapped sidebags, passenger backrest and windshield. The touring package is designed from the factory so it’s styled consistently with the bike’s fluid lines.
•The midsize V Star 1300 Tourer brings modern-classic styling along for a lighter, sportier, hot-rod-inspired ride.
•80-cubic-inch (1304cc) liquid-cooled, fuel-injected V-twin produces excellent power across the board along with a highly stimulating exhaust note.
•Modern-classic design, including a flangeless gas tank and two-into-one exhaust, gives the V Star 1300 Tourer that distinctive Star® look.
•Steel chassis gets 48 percent of the bike’s weight on the front tire, for quick, light handling and maneuverability.
•Authentic cruiser features such as belt drive, steel fenders and fuel tank, open up the customization possibilities even further.
•Estimated 42 mpg* means over 200 miles of riding between fill-ups.
•The Star Accessories Catalog is packed full of high-quality parts that invite Star owners to fully express their individuality.
2012 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Tourer Features and Benefits
1304cc, (80 cubic inch) liquid-cooled, short stroke, SOHC, 8-valve, 60° V-twin powerplant pumps out excellent power and torque for unparalleled acceleration and cruising performance. At 110 km/hr the engine is only turning 3,400 rpm, for relaxed highway cruising.
Electric starting system features a mechanical centrifugal decompression device in the exhaust camshaft for easy, no-hassle starting and reduced battery size and weight.
Liquid-cooling not only allows for higher state of tune but also reduces mechanical noise 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 highlight.
The short stroke engine design reduces the “tallness” 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 powerplant while annoying high frequency 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 long reach spark plug.
Stylish chromed cylinder head covers.
The SOHC valve train features 36mm intake and 32mm exhaust valves with special single coil springs for great power and torque. Valve angles are set at 20 degrees. Specially designed roller rockers activate the valves. The roller 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 to provide class leading power.
Optimized squish area forces the fuel / air mixture toward the centre of the combustion chamber for more complete combustion and hence power.
The water pump which is integrated with the oil pump and is located inside the engine cases to keep a cleaner, more traditional air-cooled look to the powerplant. The engine uses a wet sump lubrication system.
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 discreetely placed for a cleaner appearance. An electric fan aids in cooling in stop and go traffic.
Automatic hydraulic cam chain tensioners reduces mechanical noise and extend engine life.
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 and less mechanical vibration.
Crankshaft features a single crank pin design which enhances the pulse feeling and engine character.
Single axis, left and right dual engine counter balancers reduce vibration to a minimum while maximizing 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 pistons.
Easy access, spin on type oil filter
Classic side mounted 3.7 liter airbox houses a viscous paper-type filter and adds that special styling touch.
Mikuni 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 “sniffs” spent exhaust gases and feedback 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 effect this system.
Bore size is 40mm and each injector features 12 holes and a dual spray pattern for better fuel 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 steady idling during start-up.
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 carbon cords for strength.
Specially designed starter motor features a damping mechanism to prevent damage from kick back.
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.
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION
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 rack 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 and provides solid, stable handling.
The long low design means spacious ergonomics with lots of leg room, which maximizes both rider and passenger comfort.
41mm KYB front fork features stylish large-diameter brushed-finished covers. Wheel travel is 135mm (5.3″) for a smooth, comfortable ride.
Monocross style, spring preload-adjustable, single-shock, link rear suspension centralizes mass for agile handling. The linkage system provides a rising rate effect that provides excellent compliance on both small and large bumps. There are 9 positions of spring preload adjustability to suit rider preference.
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 298mm, floating front discs are squeezed by compact twin piston front calipers.
298mm rear disc brake 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 with wide tubeless tires. These stylish “mag” wheels are both easy to clean and never require maintaince. The rear drive pulley matches the wheel design.
Full-size, “tapered” floating-type rider floorboards are roomy and comfortably positioned while also helping to reduce vibration. There is a replaceable “scraper” on the lower edge of the footboard.
1 inch, rubber mounted handlebars are easy to reach and help to reduce vibration.
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 features a seamless design for that clean, custom look.
Generous rider and passenger seats offer plenty of room and support for all day riding comfort. Seat height is only 690mm or 27.2″ inches off the ground.
Handlebar-mounted chromed instrument features an 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 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 halogen headlight emphasizes the “wild streamline”, mass forward styling design. The chromed headlight body is adjustable 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.
Tall windshield features chrome accents and a central Star logo that enhances the unit’s overall styling. This windshield offers excellent wind and weather protection and can be easily removed with only 4 bolts.
Leather covered, hard shell saddlebags feature a stylish tapered design and are lockable for extra security. The bags offer 42 litres of storage capacity each, ample room for casual touring.
Passenger backrest with embossed Star logo provides that extra peace of mind for a passenger.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS / FEATURES
Industry-leading Star family fit and finish features rich, lustrous paint and extensive chrome accents creating a machine as stunning as it is powerful.
3D fuel tank emblems enhance quality and attention to detail.
Chromed drive belt cover
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.
Self-cancelling turn signals feature stylish clear lenses.
Conventional passenger footpegs
High output 460 watt generator
Electric fuel pump
2012 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Tourer – USA Specifications/Technical Details
MSRP* $12,090 (Granite Gray) Available from October 2011
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 Fuel injection
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
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 aluminum
Length 98.0 in
Width 39.4 in
Height 59.8 in
Seat Height 27.2 in
Wheelbase 66.5 in
Fuel Capacity 4.9 gal
Fuel Economy** 42 mpg
Wet Weight*** 712 lb
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)
2012 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Tourer – Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: See dealer for pricing in CDN
Engine Liquid-cooled, SOHC , 8-valve, 60°, V-twin
Displacement 1,304cc (80 cubic inch)
Bore and Stroke 100 x 83mm
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Maximum Torque 11.3 kg-m (81.8 ft-lb) @ 4,000 rpm
Fuel Delivery Mikuni dual bore 40mm F.I.
Estimated Fuel Consumption* 18kpl / 51mpg (Imp.)
Ignition / Starting TCI / Electric
Final Drive Belt
Suspension (Front) 41mm fork
Suspension (Rear) Adjustable link Monocross
Brakes (Front) Dual 298mm discs
Brakes (Rear) 298mm disc
Tires (Front) 130/90-16
Tires (Rear) 170/70-16
Dimensions / Technical Details
Length 2,490mm (98″)
Width 1000mm (39.3″)
Height 1520mm (59.8″)
Wheelbase 1,690mm (66.5″)
Seat Height 690mm (27,2 “)
Fuel Capacity 18.5 litres (4.1 imp. gallons)
Wet Weight 323kg (712 lb)
Colour(s) Dark Metallic Gray
± Fuel economy estimates are based on US EPA exhaust emission certification data obtained by Yamaha and converted into Canadian measurements. Your actual mileage will vary depending on road condition, how you ride, maintain your vehicle, accessories, cargo and operator/passenger weight.
Specifications, appearance, and price of product are subject to change without notice.
* MSRP does not include freight, PDI (Pre Delivery Inspection), pre-rigging (boats), or taxes. Dealer may sell for less. See your local dealer for out the door pricing.
2012 Yamaha V-Star 1300 Tourer – European Specifications/Technical Details
European MSRP Price: NA
Model not available in Europe.