Thumbs Up For Yamaha's New V-Star 1300

After reviewing the specifics on Yamaha's new beefed up V-Star 1300 , I think it's great move on the company's part. It puts th...

Yamaha V-Star 1300After reviewing the specifics on Yamaha's new beefed up V-Star 1300, I think it's great move on the company's part.

It puts the bike into better competition with the Honda's VTX 1300 line and still competes against Honda's Sabre 1100 line as well.

Among the most major changes...

  • Liquid Cooled

  • 1300 Engine

  • Belt Driven (previously shaft driven)
  • Fuel Injected

  • Computer controlled fuel injectors that automatically adjust to elevation and temperature changes
To most consumers, what differentiates the V-Star 1300 from the VTX 1300 is styling. If you compare the two, I think you'd agree the new V-Star is a more stylish bike, whether you like the style or not. To Honda's defense, the VTX 1300's plain looks is perhaps better suited for customization.

Most of the die-hard V-Star afficionados seem to disagree with me. Based on their postings on the V-Star 1100 Forum, it sounds as if they're world is crashing in on them. These people are mostly evaluating looks instead of function.

The fact is that the new V-Star 1300 is not intended to improve upon the V-Star 1100, rather, it's intended to compete for sales against Honda.

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  1. I like the looks of the V-Star 1300. I have the 650 and love it. My husband teasingly tells me the 1300 is too tall, but I say they can be lowered, lol.

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  2. I am really drooling over the blue V-star 1300. I ride an kawasaki Vulcan 800 classic and I'm ready to move up. Kawasaki didn't do me any favors coming out with a 900cc. It should have been at least an 1100. So I guess I'll get a yamaha now

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  3. I currently ride a Sabre and one of the things I was looking for when I bought it was a belt drive. I think the VStar 1300 is a nice looking bike. I would just like to find a few reviews.

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  4. I too am drooling over this bike. I own a v star 1100 classic that I really like. What I don't like is shelling out $350+ every 4000 miles for a major service to have the carb and valves adjusted. I ride a lot(10,000+ miles a year). Just in the last six months I've had two scheduled services, replaced the rear tire after 8200 miles, replaced the rear brake pads, replaced both sets of front brake pads. I've spent over $1200 in upkeep. I figure it costs me approx. 15/20 cents per mile (including gas)to ride. Kawasaki vulcans have a 12000 mile major service spacing. I'm hoping the new v star 1300 will be at least 8000.

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  5. GREAT COMPANY, GREAT ALL AROUND CRUISER FOR TOWN OR COUNTRY, GREAT PRICE..........ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?

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  6. You wanted a comment! Well I recently purchased a V-STAR 1300 Brand New 2007 and before I could even get through the breakin process the clutch went out (burnt) they said. I'm no novice and I know its virtually impossible to burn a clutch that fast. I complained to the cycle shop a week after i purchased it and they said everything was fine and now they said I burnt the clutch. No Way. The clutch had a problem with it long before I hit 452 miles. So far this bike reminds me of my 1984 Venture Royal Touring bike. Loud engine and a slapping clutch. I'm not very happy. Looks isn't everything, don't be deceived.

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  7. To all of you looking at the V-STAR 1300, remember - looks isn't everything. This bike has no tach? A cycle without a tach is like a car without a Odometer.?? Also, it lacks solid durable brakes. You will be replacing the brakes on this cycle often cause they are small and thin. Also the clutch is noisy along with shifting. This bike is all looks. Yes it has the zip, but looks and zip with cost you $$$. When you shift, at times it will sound like you have taken a hammer and just hit the engine. Also the clutch makes so much noise I've been told by the Yamaha dealer to buy 1000.00 worth of pipes to cover the noise. Hello this isn't a fix. If you purchase this bike I promise you, you will not be happy. In less than 1000 miles you will be kicking yourself and asking, what type of company would build such crap.

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  8. The last 2 comments were made by a HD owner.

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  9. The Yamaha more stylish than the VTX or please. The vtx's stylish looks are why i bought the bike, the Yamaha does not come near.

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  10. I own a 2007 v star 1300, overall the bike is what I wanted and expected. More than I can say for the 1100 I had and was disappointed with. The only thing,it does whine at low speeds. The 1100 made just as much noise and clunked into gear also. This bike has good power is very smooth, and handling is excellent. As for service costs, I suggest getting a service manual and doing what you are able, but I am a mechanic so this is not a problem for me. It does have some valve train noise, my 1100 had a lot more. Overall I am very satisfied with this bike.

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  11. I have owned every star except for the royal star and my buddy owns one of them so I have rode it, I am selling my roadstar to buy this bike, the dealer let me take one home for a few days and it is very nice, yes it whines, every Yamaha does, yes the tranny is clunky, every Yamaha is, but every Yamaha out lasts my buddies made by other brands, especially HD's.

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  12. As to the invidual that stated that the person who made negative remarks about the V-STAR is a HD owner, is very much deceived. I've never owned an HD. I've only own four different vendor bikes. Yamaha (2), Kawasaki (1) Honda (3) and Suzuki (1). Best bike hands down was the Kawasaki LTD 550 which I purchased brand new in 1980.. It out ran the Yamaha 750..

    Also the mechanic that remarked about the V-STAR, please note most of us are not mechanics and the service cycle on this bike is 4k miles. On the Kawasaki Nomad 1500 its 13k. Now thats alot of money.

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  13. Just traded my 650 for the 1300...needless to say there is no comparison. I had a 3 hour trip back home on the bike after picking it up. It's smooth, responsive, plenty of power, and it's an eye catcher.

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  14. Speaking of comments, Every major motorcycle magazine in the country (cycleworld, m.c. cruiser, metric roadbike, etc.) is raving about the VStar 1300. All positive feedback. In fact, the reviews were so good, that I recently purchased the tourer model. Super bike at a good price !

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  15. Dude, they are already selling this bike for $8750 new on ebay, cannot give them away from what I hear. I was waiting for them to arrive, that goofy handlebar mounted speedo and that ugly tank, I walked away. I will either buy a new Roadstar or build a motor for my V Star

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  16. Actually the local Yammy shop in Winter Garden, FL is ebaying them at $8000 reserve. Check out ebay 190096176772.

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  17. I HAVE A VSTAR 1300 WITH 1400 MILES ON IT. IT IS A GREAT BIKE, IT HAS PLENTY OF POWER, AND LOOKS GREAT. I GET COMMENTS ALL OVER TOWN. NO COMPLAINTS AT ALL. LOVE THE FUEL INJECTION, WIDE LOW STANCE MAKES IT HANDLE LIKE A DREAM.

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  18. A few days ago, I received a DVD on the V-STAR 1300. I find it hard to believe some of the comments I read concerning this bike. The technology has been updated with fine brakes, a fluid-cooled engine and bigger tires. They appear very nice to me and you can't beat them for the price. The narrator of the program indicated the 1300 had a lot more advantages over the HONDA 1300/1800, which I will compare myself when I go looking at them. They are belt-driven which gives the owner a larger choice of buying various rims/tires for the rear. That's the deal!

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  19. I just got my 1300 last week and so far no probs. I love to drive it. very smooth. some bikes are made on monday and some on friday. you just dont know what youll get. just because you had trouble w/ one bike. dont make them all bad. yamaha is one of the top bikes in the world, they dont make junk. and if you think that you wont have trouble w/ other bikes... you need to wake up. Ive had them all. and they all have some problems now and then. same w/cars, trucks, atvs, and even your house. things break and things ware out thats just the way it is get over it.

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  20. I purchased my 2007 VStar 1300 Blue about 2 weeks ago. I'm a new rider so I have nothing to compare it to but I am having no problem riding this bike. Yes it's an eye catcher for sure. Everyone comes up to me and tells me how great it looks, how it will outlast my fiance's HD and many other positive comments.

    I read tons of reviews by riders and by professionals and that's why I decided on the 1300. I also had a dealer in MD match a dealer's Ebay price in Ohio of $7699 so I can't complain about that either.

    For a first bike (and hopefully last), I'm very satisfied with the VStar 1300. I'm not anticipating any problems with it but as one person wrote, there's always a bad apple in a bunch so don't say the 1300 is a bad bike because of one bad experience. Buy one and I don't think you will regret it!

    New Rider in Maryland

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  21. Just bought a V-Star 1300 Black Touring and have 2100 miles in 5 weeks. I have had other bikes (except HD, wish I could afford one),Anyway the bike preforms great, starting to have a little valve noise but that is supposed to be adjusted about this time anyway. I looked at a lot of bike Honda, HD, BMW,
    Susuki, but the V-Star seemed to be to best buy for the money,and great finanacing. I get lots of good comments about the bike, even one for a HD Rider (YEP I was shocked too!!) I agree with the comments about the soft brakes but from what I read they where designed that way. I just wish the accessories where not so expensive.
    Great bike any and us meteric owners will always catch grief from the HD and Victory owners(lol)

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  22. finally my first new bike V-Star 1300, it have power the looks and some of the latest technology. The ride its great but I also miss the tach, gas gage my friend have a Roadliner and it have all tach, gas gage etc. all I could said was I have the strip down model. Hey I got what I paid for!

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  23. I ride a 1988 Honda Magna with 64,322 miles on it. Power, looks and never a single problem.
    I want a bike more suited for the long haul and comfort for my wife on back.
    I love the vtx 1300r (alloy rims) when they are customized, but I also would like a belt driven bike.
    I have been thinking about a 2004 Road Star or later but this V Star has me intrigued right now because I find the Roadliner such a sexy bike.
    Anyway, I really was troubled about the maint. schedules for this bike because my Magna has been ridden hard and never really maintained...my tech is amazed that it runs so strong and has never had a valve adjustment or major tune up (plugs, oil and brakes only after all these years)
    So for me I need a bike I can ride hard and trust for the long haul and not worry about major yearly work.
    That means I can wait a year to see if these bikes really hold up or flop.
    But for me it either a Road Star, V Star or a VTX

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  24. I Just traded in my 2006 kawasaki ninja 650r. First year for that bike. I loved it and still do. Bike I can only have one bike in my garage. Plus i don't want to pay insurance on both. I bought the 1300 V-star Tourer. The hard bags are way cool, The passenger backrest is nice and other than the surfboard of a windshield this is a beautiful bike. I boaght this bike because it has twin disc up front, Fuel injection and a belt drive. I do notice that it does whine a bit when hauling ass down the road. Someone posted saying this is clutch noise? I think it sounds more like belt drive noise. I don't know. I am calling my dealer tommorow to discuss this. Even though I do most maintanance myself because I hate payign for service work, i have to admit this dealer has a great service department. I think the bike is great for the money. Park it next to a Honda VTX and you'll like the V-Star better.

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  25. I have a new 2007 1300 VStar, does any one else have a clattering clutch noise? The dealer said it is normal, but I don't think so. Other than that the bike works fine.

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  26. Just got my black V-Star 1300 few days ago and it is worth every one of the $10,500 paid inclusive of touring version custom hard bags and backrest. Will opt for after-market windshied that I can pop on and off (Yamaha's is fixed). Owned a Yamaha 175 long ago. Rode a Honda Gold Wing briefly in the past. This V-Star 1300 is great value, great ride and plenty of power. Yes, their is a tendency for the bike to kick upshifting but that's the only knock I give it. So far, so good. I'm very happy with it.

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  27. I have owned a 1989 Honda Magna, 1993 Vulcan, 1998 Yamaha Royalstar, and now I have a V Star 1300 touring version. All were fine bikes but I was always looking for more of something, where it was style, comfort or convience of maintenance. Well I have found the last bike that I will ever buy. Style, confort and maintenace is a snap. What I really want to comment on is the great features that overlooked in the magazines. Dual trip meters and a CLOCK right at my finger tips. There is no fuel guage however a seperate trip meter automatically appears as soon as the fuel light comes one. A real life saver on those long back road trips. This kind of attention to the comsumer is what puts this bike in a class above the comptition. I a world were bikes are getting a little over grown this bike restores the balence to the cruiser world. Wonderful.

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  28. I bought my blue vstar 1300 two months ago and have no complaints. I get a lot of compliments, one from a HD owner but he was on the table in the hospital and I think he just didn't want me to forget his pain meds after crashing his brand new hog because it was "to low". It's super comfy and has plenty of power, was a great value at $9000, is easy to maintain and actually gets really good mileage (anyone else notice this?) Handles better than the few other bikes I've ridden as well.

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  29. Guys, I have a V star 1300 and love the bike. The only issue I have is that there is a mild clunking noise from the front suspension area when I go over some potholes. Dealer says he thinks this is normal for this bike. Have you guys experienced this noise on your bikes?

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  30. The front clunk is normal. My 83 Yam midnight special did the same thing, and never had any problems.

    Great bike that lugs a bit at low rpm.

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  31. I bought my V-Star 1300 about 3 months ago. I like it so far. Traded in a HD Sportster for it. It is far superior to the Sportster. The only things I don't like about it are the whining drive train, slightly clunky tranny.

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  32. Hey folks!

    Just thought that I would chime in on the discussion. I bought my V-Star 1300 Tourer at the end of June. A week later I logged 2,300 miles in the saddle. Never had a single problem with it. I don;t think you could do that with an HD. It handles as nimbly as a smaller bike and is much smoother than my old 05 Honda Shadow Spirit 750. Even when loaded down for the road trip it handle very well. I have loved every minute of riding and wish that I had made the move to this bike sooner.

    Let the HD and Victory guys rant and carry-on all they want. 50 mpg and half the sticker price of those and it will last much longer than the Harley too. The only reason an old Harley is still so darn expensive is because there are so few of them on the road. The Metrics will never have the same value, simply because the market is flooded with them and they are still around. They last forever and are inexpensive what a deal that is. They look good to boot! Just my observation!

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  33. well like most of you I too have now owned the 1300-v for over 3 months now and I could not ask for a better bike. I also added the cobra pipes and fuel comander but it was not needed, I just loved the sound. some of my family also bought new bikes, like the new 07 HD street glide and an 06 HD ultra, and this litle 1300 will smoke them both hands down. my dream bike (was) a fat boy or road king. but after riding all of them this was the bike that fit me better. it is bigger than both of the HD fat boy and road king in every way except motor CC. and I am 6'2 255lbs and I am more then comfortable on short or long trips, as I have put almost 4,000 miles on in less then 3 months. this bike will not sit in the garage as long as I own it, if I can ride, I will ride. buy it youll love it.

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  34. I am the proud owner of a new v-star 1300 and love it. So far my only complaint is that the speedometer reads 5mph FASTER than what the bike is doing. I tested next to a car and with a radar gun. Has anyone else noticed being passed while doing the speed limit? Great bike and i get lots of compliments on it. Anyone have any idea how fast the bike is?

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  35. I have had my v-star 1300 now for two months and love it, however it has recently started making "hammering noises" between 60 and 70 mph in fifth gear. I took it to the dealer, as I thought this to be very serious. The service department took it for a ride and heard the same things. When I called to see what they thought it could be, I was told, they needed to get their hands on another unit and ride it to compare the sound of the two bikes to determine if the noises are normal for this model or not. This is a big busy dealership with as far as i could tell a full service dept. Does this sound like a very crude diagnostic method to anybody else? Has anyone else had this experience with their v-star?

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  36. I have had my new 1300 for a little over a week now and have almost 600 miles on it. Its an amazing bike. As far as the valve noise that everyone is talking about...I dont hear it, its very quiet. I traded my Buell Firebolt off on it, which we all know is basically a HD. That was also a good bike...but incredible noisy engine. The V star does have a gear whine at low speeds but no clutch noise. I love it! Buy it and you will not be disappointed.

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  37. I purchased a '07 black VStar 1300 Tourer last Saturday. Baptism by fire...on the way home, torrential downpour for 3/4's the way home (92 miles). Talk about pissed! It was a good way to see how the bike would perform under bad conditions however.
    I am amazed at how this bike rides. Very smooth over bumpy surfaces and corners while holding it's line, the front mud guard did an incredible job and keeping the crap/dirt off the bike, power delivery is getting better after more miles (break in), fuel trip meter is great idea as is the other readouts, controls are well placed for my frame, ample storage space in bags, bikes design lines are smooth and well thought out, belt drive is a nice change ( sport bikes are my passion, this is my first cruiser), and dual disks up front are a progressive in feel/power (steel braided will be in the future).

    Niggles: There is a lot of bufffeting while at higher speed (my Aprilia Mille is smoother...LOL), I am averaging 40 MPG (hopefully gets better as the engine breaks in, lots of popping on decel ( pipes/power commander are on order), the manual states 4k mile valve adjustments, the rear passenger seat is too short in length (it doesn't stretch to the sissy bar and has a weird sloping angle which doesn't get high ratings from my wife/daughter), slight grinding when slowing down or turning left/right(like brake pads are not bedding in right or axle /rims are not true, dealer is going to check), I am getting the whine that others are having, but can live with it. The 1st to 2nd gearing is not matched as close as I would like, but I am sport bike guy and this will take me time to readjust. Paint on some parts is lacking/slight rust, mainly in weld joint areas. Attention to detail is not up to Honda or Aprilia/Ducati standards. I have heard this is normal for Yamaha.

    Over all, for the price I don't think that you can get a better deal. All the options, EFI, bags, belt drive, 1300 c.c's, and bike performance for $10k out the door. This is my first Yamaha and I was a little skeptical, but I think this bike will be in my garage for a long time to come!

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  38. Bought my 1300 Vstar Tourer last month. Have gotten used to the clutch rattle and driveline noise. Had to have the valves adjusted twice under 1,ooo miles because the dealer didn't do them right the first time. Loud thunk coming from front end every time I hit a bump. I really like this bike, but the valves and thunking noise are detracting from the experience. Has spent over a week at the dealership... Not happy.

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  39. I'm a sport bike guy who has just bought his first cruiser, the '07 V-Star 1300. A good looking bike that impresses me as hiding a lack of substance behind a well refined package. Regardless, it's kinda fun to ride, not uncomfortable (except for a soft seat)and handles MUCH better than I thought a cruiser would. Stock pipes make it sound like a Fisher Price but that can be remedied. You could probably outrun it but still a great ride.

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  40. After shopping for a year now (looked at lots of cruisers)I purchased a 08 VStar Tourer and am very pleased with it!

    Anyone know if a rider back rest is available for the stock seat? Yamaha, Mustang & Corbin are combos so big $'s.

    I fully intended to swap out the stock seat but it is very adequate.

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  41. I bought a blue 07 V-Star 1300 in May and now have over 13,000 miles on it. After putting 52,000 miles on an 87 250 Rebel and 44,500 on the 650 V-Star Custom this bike is definitely an upgrade. It is quick, responsive and comfortable. I did get the gold service card at the dealership so I don't have to spend the $490 on services that come up every few weeks. After the break-in period I tested some of the claims I read in the reviews. 2nd Gear will reach 80 mph, and the top speed is about 125. The gas light turns on right after burning 3 gallons. The specs claim a 4.89 gallon fuel tank, but it only holds 3.8 gallons total. I think the countersunk gas cap prevents toping off the tank. On the highway I did run almost 190 miles before the light turned on, but in-town riding is almost as bad as a car.
    As for complaints, I made a one-day run to Houston, TX from Florida and the only complaints I have are a windshield that doesn't block the wind (wind flows up from around the fuel tank negating the windshield entirely) and the seat does become uncomfortable after about 600 miles. Accessories are over priced. As for the HD owner who says I won't be happy with this bike, I've ridden enough miles to know better and I do like this bike.

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  42. I have a blue 1300 and have added a windshield,eng guards,passenger backrest, and saddle bags to it. It has just over 300 miles on it and I love it. There is a little bit of noise from the clutch area but it,s not too bad. Handles great and sure is a looker. Only Neg I have is that I have went through a bottle of polish already.

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  43. I had a mid-90s Virago 1100 that I liked so much, I stuck with Yamaha when I got my new bike: the 2007 V-Star 1300 Tourer. Man, I love this bike! I'm very happy with my purchase and, as any biker would, have begun my mods: engine bars, new horn (F), passing lamps. Next are run/stop/turn tail lights and highway pegs. It isn't quite as peppy as the Virago 1100, with a slightly lower top speed (but anything over 110MPH is icing anyway) and a little less acceleration, but a gorgeous, well made bike to be sure.

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  44. V Star 1300 are getting spanked!
    i'll keep my vstar 1100 with my max kit!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXn41B3SHhA&NR=1

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  45. I am 73 years old and have been riding for the last 40 years. My first bike was a Honda 450 in 1968. The biggest baddest bikein America. I now own a 1300 Yamaha Tourer, and have put on 11000 miles. The bike is the best bike I have evernngoy owned with plenty of power and still lite at 712 lbs. Ride this bike, and you will buy this bike......

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  46. I JUST bought a 08 v star,but living in western canada I;ll have to wait a few weeks more before I can ride. but I'll say this,I'm real excited by what I've been hearing about this bike.

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  47. After 35 years of non-riding, I bought an '07 V-Star 1300 5 weeks ago and love it! 700+ miles so far and I agree with the other consistent comments re: clutch/gear whine and clunking into gear, but it's normal as I see it. My speedo is also 5+ mph fast, not sure if it can be calibrated, but as long as I am aware...it's ok. Very comfy ride and looks wonderful at the curb. Getting a service manual to save shop time and I enjoy working on it, not just washing it! Been adjusting valves for many years. Hey, I had a Bonneville 650... I KNOW how to adjust valves! LOL! Great bike so far, lots of power. When wife is onboard, I can hardly feel the extra weight. Yamaha did it right!

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  48. J DeGraffenreid4/25/2008 08:25:00 AM

    I bought my 1300vstar brand new in february 2007 it is now april 2008 i have put 7000 miles on this bike and not one problem has came up. For the record this is my 5th yamaha and i have owned them from anywhere to 5 to 9 years before getting another bike. in 18 years I have never had a mechanical or electrical breakdown with these bikes. That just shows the quality of this company. My HD friends cannot say that of even come close. Most problems i seen with bikers is they abuse their bikes and then bitch when they have any breakdowns. If you take care of your bike it will take care of you. Oh on a happy note my bike is a lot faster then my HD friends which they realy dont like, plus it is a hell lot cheaper to buy. lol

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  49. bought a black vstar 1300 last month. have 1000 miles on it now. have read all the posts on the net. bike is comfortable, stable and what I spent the 10k for. the transmission is clunky. the valves make noise after hard riding. the speedometer is 4mph fast. it sure could use a tach. but it is a beautiful balance of power, miles per gallon, comfort, appearance and control. In many ways it reminds me of my old Yamaha 490 IT. Not as fast as the later Hondas, not as light or responsive as some others but absolutely bullet proof.... I could be wrong but my guess is that with minimal care, this bike will be on the road in a decade and still making me smile.

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  50. New Rider - Taking Delivery of an '08 V-Star 1300 TODAY!!! I'm very Happy... Havn't even ridden it yet, but commute 70 miles one way to work, so I NEED IT!! Wish me luck....

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  51. To all the negative comments about this bike; I have to ask, what are you guys smokin' ? I havwe owned many bikes over the years, my most recent was the V Star 1100. The 1300 is stylish, comfortable, great to handle and an all round solid cycle. Everyone has an opinion, but I cannot seem to understand why anyone would have negativity.

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  52. I bought A Yamaha V Star 1300 last months. i am a bit disappointed with the ticking sound when i change my gear. It sounds that the clutch and gear have a space. So,it give tok sound when i change my gear and i rev my throttle and release it. Anybody have the same problem with me? how to solve this problem?

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  53. The clutch - doesnt like to go into or come out of 1st or 2nd intermittently. Intermittently, rolling the bike back and forth and playing with clutch is required to get it into gear .. hear it drop into gear with the rocking motion. No other bike that Ive riden has done this. Ive had 2 other guys ride the bike who have experienced the identical behavior. One a S+S tech. Alot of noise, whining/moaning and chatter. Difficulty in and out of 1/2 intermittently

    The throttle - very sticky. Doesn't work "smoothly" as a result alot of jerking and bumps into gear; definitely not healthy. Borrowed the brothers Street Glide for a week ... also fuel injected. Throttle operation was smooth.

    Lastly. There is a clunk when going over small pot holes, cracks in the road or speed bumps.

    Im not smoking anything. I ride my bike. I like all bikes. I bought it in October of 07 and just rolled 10k. Ive owed both Harleys and Hondas in the past. No clutch or throttle has responded the way the this bikes does. Even if its fuel injected, the throttle operation should be smooth.

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  54. So people who don't have anything good to say shouldn't say anything at all eh? Well, because of all the people complaining about the rattling clutch, Yamaha is now replacing the clutch on all '07 V-Star 1300's for free within the warranty period. More info is available at the V-Star 1300 forum on Delphiforums.com I provided this info to my dealer, they contacted Yamaha, and now the parts are on order. I'll be getting the modified '08 clutch installed for free once it gets in. I guess negativity isn't such a bad thing. If you'd like to have this service done you can access all the info on delphiforums.

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  55. I went to Delphi and couldn't find anything about the clutch. Any other suggestions?

    Also, anyone know where to get a repair manual. I usually use Haynes, but they don't seem to have one yet.

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  56. I just traded my Yamaha 650 classic on a vstar 1300 T and I really like it. The windshield I felt was too tall so I had a plastics company cut me one at 15" Height vs the 23". It looks much better. I am wondering if any has lowered their 1300 and what kit would be the best. I am looking at one on pacificcoastar.com., but would love to see pics or get feedback from anyone on lowering the bike!!

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  57. Just bought my 2008 V Star 1300 and love it!

    Was riding Honda CB900C until now, Triumph Tiger before then.

    Agree with lots of the comments here - one thing I do not see is the somewhat long reach to the handle bars, anyone has the same impression? I'd love to her from you about the best adjustment or alternative bars?

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  58. Put a set of royal star tour delux handle bars and kuryakyn grips on that V star 1300. No cable changes required . Plenty of pull back then . Cost is just over a hundred bucks for the bars .

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  59. To get rid of the front end clunk on the V-star 1300 most guys are replacing the front springs with progressive springs for around $60.00

    Also Yamaha will fix that clutch basket noise and whine on the 07 The repair falls under Tech tip . IT IS COVERD BY WARRENTY .The 08's have already been upgraded with the new parts .
    Just take your bike in if it is doing this .

    The V star 1300 is a great bike and a keeper !

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  60. A lot of answers at this site for ya all .

    http://1300tourer.com/

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  61. whoever posted the info about yamaha fixing the noisy clutch basket under warranty..where can I find the tech tip info. my deler & ymaha USA tell me there is nothing wrong & they are not planning to fix it..any particulars you can share would be helpful..NHtourer

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  62. I am looking for anyone out there that has had a problem with the Yamaha V-Star or any Yamaha. The problem was in the front end when going around a curve the bike started shake uncontrollably and wouldn't turn and I had a pretty bad accident that landed me in the hospital for a week.

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  63. Steve in Kelowna9/18/2008 04:28:00 PM

    Bought 07 1300 v star out of Seattle for 8500 good deal. Bike handles excellent Put 5000 miles on it this summer. No problems Have Cobra Speedsters shorts and power commander. Had problems cold starting with this set up but working with dynojet we solved the issue.(only one way to start that is successful. prime 1 cycle first the swith off ignition then turn back on ignition and : immediately : hit the statter button, away she goes. this is the only way that this bike will start properly with the commander and the pipes. Gets 60 plus Miles per canadian gallon of gas. Lots of valve noise when hot and drive train is quite noisy at low speeds. I find the clutch exceptionally smooth and quite manageable. I dont know where the other complaints are coming from Put it on the Dyno and have 71.5 max power at rear wheels and 78.5 max torque ( More than a stock H.D ) Good value bike

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  64. I own one too and I have created a site dedicated to why I chose the 1300. Check it out and let me know what you think. Also I have a couple of project bukes shown there as well.

    The V Star 1300 is one of the best bikes for new and experienced riders. I love it

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  65. I have just over 100000klm on my v star 1300 yes have the clunks in 1st gear and have the noise in the drive adjusted the cluch changed the oil from what the machenics use helped this as for the clunk in the front suspenstion this is probly you have just run out of travel in the front suspention
    I have bean riding for 38 years owned may brands and this is one of the best as far as handling and power range for such a large bike
    and it is very hard to get any workshop material on them

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  66. I've had my V-Star 1300 Tourer for about 8 months. I traded up from a Shadow ACE 750. I absolutely love this bike! It handles well, it rides smooth, and it's a showpiece.

    The only problems I've had is that the windshield is made for the jolly green giant, it lugs down in 1st gear, and it won't start if it's in first gear. I can dump the clutch sometimes because the clutch is so sensitive with almost no friction zone. It's not fun at a light for it to die. You have to put it back in neutral to start it, then back in first to take off.

    Those are the only drawbacks for me. My bike's averaging 51 mpg stock. It doesn't get any better than this!

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  67. Oops forgot in my post above to list one other problem I had to have fixed. The handlebars were made for the jolly green giant too. My husband switched them out for the Yamaha RSTD (Royal Star Tour Deluxe) bars. They bolted straight up with no modification necessary. They made my bike a dream to ride!! Being only 5'4", I needed a bit more pull back than the stock handles could give. I forgot to mention it as a drawback because I forgot about replacing the stock bars. The new handle bars are a perfect fit, and they feel like they've always been on there.

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  68. I have A vStar 13oo 2007 I have 30,000 miles on it and just developed a wine under compresion.I think it is the belt have had no problem with the clutch.1st gear clunks between1st and second,windsheld to tall rear seat not that good after long ride per my wife 8hr max.Valves per my Dealer 10,000 between adjustment mine have been checked and are still in specks at 30,000.I will change windsheld befor winter cannot see over in rain.Have front end bang with hard bump.Have had 7 Bikes but like this one.

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  69. i have been reading all of your guys comments and i have to say that those who dont like the bike are ridiculos. the cluch noise is annoying yes but there is nothing wrong with it. break the bike in and you wont have so many problems. the winin is normal and if the front forks are shaking then its proboly time to replace the seal on it i love the bike

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  70. Just purchased 1300 v-star (2007) for $8400. out the door. Great bike, but would like a little more zip. Am appalled by service costs. $400.00 + every 4000 miles? May have to start these valve adjustments my self! Getting mid 40's mpg.

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  71. Read all the comments on the 1300. Whatever else it is, it is one of the most inconsistent bikes that Yamaha has made, since some love it and others have plenty to dislike about it. The HD guys and gals like air cooling and traditional motor looks and liquid cooled bikes can never have this until they eliminate the radiator and hoses associated with it. The 950 is a better looking bike. Whining about tachometer lack is overdoing it; same with bars and pipes. Clutch noise, whine, front end clunk and other probles with the V-Star 1300: that is unacceptable. Glad Yamaha is fixing some of it. Progressive suspension is the way to go for the front end fix, but make sure the fork oil is proper and evenly put in the forks and that the spacers are the correct length. I ride a V-Star 1100 and love it, now that it has a Maxaire Pro kit in it. I actually had to dial back the HP a bit. Gas mileage on my 2005 is now a respectable 39 mpg around town and 44 on the road. The aftermarket oil relocation kit now saves me a lot of time and money on the oil changes and the rest of the adjustments are easy for a person who doesn't mind using tools and a full factory owners manual and has a reasonable set of tools. If you don't do that or don't have a bottomless check book, then the air-cooled classic looking motorcycles are not for you and a metric cruiser such as the 1300 V-Star is probably the most practical solution. Otherwise a Road Star or even some of those other motorcycles out there (not H-D--lots of involvement needed) are for you--Zioo

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  72. I just plunked down $8990 for a new left over 2008 tourer. I'm coming over after 15 years of riding and working on an 89 harley softail, which I still love but have spent much money and time keeping on the road.... and the Harley dealer turned me off for the final time by quoting 681 bucks for a pair of tires. I have had yamahas in the past (xs 650 and fj1100) and am hoping that i just bought a bike that will keep me happy for years to come.

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  73. I have been riding the 2007 1300 VStar for almost 2 years now. The handlebars were the biggest niggle for me. I just changed them out for the Royal Tour Delux and the bike rides better than ever. I replaced the windshield with a new one that rides at 19 inches and two inches wider. I added crome HD lowers--hey if they work--it makes a huge difference. I put a leather trunk on the back. I now have the bike tuned in for me. I have 42 years of riding experience and feel that this bike will take me over 50.

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  74. Just got an 09 V-Star 1300 tourer & am very pleased! Still have all the noises, but no problems. I keep seeing on You-Tube guys drilling out their exhaust for more sound. Can this cause any problems, or do you need to do anything else?

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  75. I picked up my 09 V13 and rode a couple of hundred miles last weekend. Great bike; smooth and stable on the open road. Rides like a caddy. A bit of whine from the transmission, but only in first and second gear. The brakes work fine. Plenty of power for passing. Pipes are a bit quiet, but the bike burbles along nicely. Would definitely recommend it.

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  76. Bought my 2007 V Star out of the box on 4/30/10 for $6,800.
    What a great bike. Put on a Switch Blade 2 up windshield, great for cruisin, Cobra Dragsters Exhaust, fantastic deep sound, and a Bad Boy horn. It's loud. I also put on a Hornet Deer Whistle. They say it's 70% effective and is purchased by the military.

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  77. Added a new Cobra Tachometer. Fits in perfectly. Bought a chrome hood for the spedo to see it better in the sun. Havent's tried it yet but it looks great.

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  78. With regard to the valve adjust every 4000 miles, and regular service intervals. You should relax and enjoy the machine. If you change the oil and keep the throtle and clutch adjustments up it should feel and sound good. When she starts to make valve noise, bring her in. I'm at 16000 miles now and it's just starting to make some valve noise.I'm going to get them adjusted before my tour this summer...Relax.

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  79. Greetings,
    I recently purchased an 09 V Star 1300 and put about 700 miles on it so far. This is an outstanding bike in so many ways. I am very impressed with the power and smoothness of the liquid cooled, fuel injected engine. There's a muted rumble out of the stock exhaust which I think sounds good and isn't annoying. With the overdrive fifth gear, the vibration is kept to a minimum, especially at freeway speeds.

    The seat is comfortably wide and flat and I have had no trouble on long rides. The bike is fairly nimble for a 700 pound cruiser. With its low center of gravity, it is very well balanced and extremely stable both around curves and pushing the speed limit on the freeway. I find the brakes to be completely adequate. I also really like the floorboards and heel-toe shifter.

    The fit and finish on the bike is top quality. I like chrome and there could have been more of it. However, you can purchase any number of after-market chrome bits to dress things up if you want to. I appreciate the wide tires, which I've found to be very stable when riding over irregularities in the road surface. The styling is excellent and I've gotten numerous compliments on the bike in the short time I've owned it.

    The only complaint I have (and its a minor ones) is that there's no tach or fuel gauge. I should think that this class of cruiser should have both standard. However, I ride by the seat of my pants and the bike likes to rev, so I do not feel hindered by not having a tach. As for the fuel gauge, a low fuel light comes on when there's about 1 gallon left in the tank. I have been getting anywhere from 42 to 49 miles per gallon.

    The transmission produces a good clunk when shifting into first gear, but otherwise the tranny works smoothly. I understand that clunk is normal in Yamaha transmissions. There is a distinct whine from the drive train at lower speeds, but I also understand this is to be expected. I have also heard a clunk from the front suspension when riding over speed bumps, but there are several fixes for that.

    For servicing, I recently took it in for the 600 mile; cost me about $185 without a valve adjustment. The mechanic told me not to worry about the valves at least until the 4000 mile service unless they are making noise. After that, he suggested valve adjustments every second service interval, so every 8000 miles.

    All in all, I highly recommend this motorcycle to anyone interested in a great mid-sized cruiser.

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  80. I bought my 08 V Sar 1300 in the spring of 08.
    I now have 17,000 mi on it, and was concerned about the noises it has come to produce.
    After viewing the comments of others, I can verify the clunk in the front end,the clutch rattle, the valve noise, and the tock,tock sound it makes when the engine reaches operating temp.
    I haven't read anything about mechanical failures yet, so I plan to run it the way it is for a 9,000 mi trip soon.
    If there is a weakness with bike, it should become clear as to weather anyone should have to worry about any of these issues....I will report back in the end of August....Wish me luck ! P.S. I made the comment above, from 06/01/2010, guess I'm not so relaxed.lol

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  81. I've had a 2008 V-Star 1300 for a couple months now and intend to take a long 2500 mi crusie pretty soon around California. A couple things I've noticed about the bike one of which I have not read here, or missed. I get a pretty loud drive belt occilation that is really annoying. Got a lot louder when I put the Tourer windshield on it and took a cruise up the freeway last week. The belt does seem like it has got a bit slack since I got the bike with 100 miles and broke it in and now have a little over 1000. Haven't noticed any unsual change in the engine noise or valves other than that which is obvious when it is good and warmed up. But I am also new to the V-twin engine though I have a good ear. I am getting pretty contradictory insight into worrying about the valves and service. The dealer told me just change the breakin oil and they don't service the valves until 8000 mi. My approach to this was to change the oil not once but twice using 10-40 after the breakin, and just swithced her over to Redline 20/50 synthetic and a larger Mobil 1 filter at 1000 miles, which I will change the filter and top off oil once before I take off for the hills. I broke the primary breakin filter open and there was a lot of metal in it, so they aint kiddin about it.
    If I decide to check the valves, I might just do this myself. Do I actually need the long reach valve socket wrench? Just asking so I can get what I need before I start pulling things apart. So far this has been a pretty easy bike to work on, and have adjusted valves on a lot of engines in the past but it's been a few years.

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  82. Oh I need to add this about the handlebar change out recommeded above. A longer pullback, about two inches, would get me a lot more comfortable on the bike and help my back. Is the bar mentioned, the stock bar for the Royal Star Tour Deluxe, an OEM accesroy bar and anyone know best place I could order this online? I think they have it at Cruiser Customizing but they list it with a lot of other bikes in the title...
    Thanks

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  83. I am a Yamaha tech. Those of you that are paying 400.00 or more for the 4000 mile service are pay a bit too muc, at least for the midwest area. My shop charges aprox. 140.00 for the 4k service. If valves are out of adjustment there is a aditional 63.00 charge for adjusting. The price above includes oil and filter and labor for all checks. If you need air filter of plugs those parts are extra but I cant see how that will add up to a extra 200.00. We are not hacks ether. We are a Yamaha gold certified service department.

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  84. My fiance just bought a brand new 2009 Yamaha V-Star 1100 Classic. After only having it for 2 months, it malfunctioned causing him to wreck and sustain bad injuries that will take months to heal.

    He tapped his rear brake after already slowing down to around 45 mph, and the brakes locked up on him. Earlier that day, he had problems with the electrical system? The bike wouldn't crank and he had to take the keys out and reinsert them when it finally cranked. The dealership where he bought his brand new 2009 Yamaha V-Star Classic says they can't find anything wrong. The bike is totalled. He only had the bike 2 months when this happened with less than 2,000 miles.

    Anyone have any advice to give on this??

    Email me at: alwaysbsam1@yahoo.com

    Thanks,
    shelia, Carthage, Texas

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  85. My fiance just bought a brand new 2009 Yamaha V-Star 1100 Classic. After only having it for 2 months, it malfunctioned causing him to wreck and sustain bad injuries that will take months to heal.

    He tapped his rear brake after already slowing down to around 45 mph, and the brakes locked up on him. Earlier that day, he had problems with the electrical system? The bike wouldn't crank and he had to take the keys out and reinsert them when it finally cranked. The dealership where he bought his brand new 2009 Yamaha V-Star Classic says they can't find anything wrong. The bike is totalled. He only had the bike 2 months when this happened with less than 2,000 miles.

    Anyone have any advice to give on this??

    Email me at: alwaysbsam1@yahoo.com

    Thanks,
    shelia, Carthage, Texas

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  86. Post Cruise follow up from above.
    From my garage and return turned out to be 2,495 miles. Rode mountains, deserts, and some of the north coast of Calif. Hot, cold, rain, hail, muddy gravel in Lassen where they tore up ten pljus miles of road bed, and never missed beat. Took two days to get the bike looking reasonably new again, but all good. Decided the tall windshield leaves a lot to be desired at times, esspecially in rain or when it fogs up and you can not see at all. I am now trying the short 15" windshield but will need better glasses for freeway driving. Pros and cons for either I imagine. The fuel injection worked nicely when in any weather or elevation, and I drove over 8,000 ft quite a few times up and down some favorite roads. The bike also handled the additional weight of my camping gear nicely. Gas mileage was pretty good, up to 50mph at times and perhaps a little more. I get about 45 around town now.
    Not one issue with the bike the entire trip, nor at anytime to date with 4,500 miles on it, but think I ought to get it in for a valve check and fuel injection check etc....
    Have a good day

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  87. yes I am thinking of buying the v star 1300 for my last bike i will own. I am getting up in years and I have never owned a cruiser. I have had 360 Honda,450 Honda,and a 650 Yamaha.And enjoyed riding them all. I can not wait till I can get the new star 1300 period. Also I have heard that if you break the star in like you are supposed to then you will not need valve adjustments as soon as you guys are having to have done.that whining is the streight cut gears instead of three degree offset like other bike transmissions,for smoother shifts.When I get my new star 1300 I will take it easy until I have enough miles on it to twist the throttle open.Plus I will do my own valve adjustments on the solid roller cam engine.Plus oil changes and air filter changes etc.also I can buy one for 08 bran new left over for $7000.00 OTD or a 09 for $7,895.00 or so OTD

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  88. I love this bike. Great for cruising the back roads or for the commute to work. Have had it serviced once and found it much cheaper than when I get my Triumph serviced. Plenty of power for passing, comfortable seat and riding position and a gorgeous looking bike! Great for cruising the countryside in Tasmania, Australia.

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  89. I have 12,800 miles on my 08 v star 1300. I have had the oil changed per the maintence schedule. The tech said the valves don't need adjusted yet. He said you will be able to hear it when they need it . I have enjoyed this bike for the two years I have had it. Do notice the tranny whine. Mine is not the touring model, so I installed a memphis shades windshield that works perfect. I also installed a dynajet commander and Vance and Hines big shots exhaust which sounds great. Beefy pipes for a beefy bike. This has been a terrific bike that is a blast to ride. I will get the handlebars that have been recommended and a k/n filter.

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