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2012 Star V Star 1300 | Preview

2012 Star Motorcycle

For 2012, Star returns with its famed mid-size modern classic – the V Star 1300. This machine features classic styling combined with an 80 ci (1304cc) fuel-injected V-Twin that has a wide power band.

The V Star 1300’s modern classic look has all the features that highlight Star Motorcycles, including the flange-less gas tank and two-into-one exhaust. And the V Star 1300 features cruiser classic necessities, such as steel fenders and a belt drive.

Regarding handling, the 2012 V Star 1300 is agile with easy maneuverability due to 48-percent of the bike’s weight being on the front wheel.

A great platform for customization, there are many Star Accessories available for the 2012 Star V Star 1300.

Following are the highlights, specs, color option and MSRP for the 2012 Star V Star 1300.

2012 Star V Star 1300 Highlights:

Engine:

  • 80-cubic-inch (1304cc) liquid-cooled, single overhead cam 60-degree V-twin with dual counterbalancers offers plenty of smooth performance.
  • Computer-controlled twin-barrel fuel injection provides optimal mixture whatever the temperature or altitude.
  • Four valves per cylinder (36mm intake, 32mm exhaust) provide optimum combustion efficiency; roller rocker arms reduce friction for better performance and reduced wear.
  • Ceramic composite cylinder sleeves contain 100mm forged pistons for excellent durability and longevity.
  • 9.5:1 compression ratio and aggressive cam timing produce plenty of power across the board and a distinctive exhaust note.
  • Forged connecting rods ride a single crankpin for true V-twin sound and power.
  • Smooth-shifting five-speed transmission feeds power to an efficient, low-maintenance belt drive.
  • Sly cooling system routes liquid through hidden hoses and internal engine passages for air-cooled looks and liquid-cooled performance. Oil filter is easy to get to but also tucked nearly out of sight for clean looks.
  • Hydraulic cam chain tensioner reduces noise and maintenance.

Chassis/Suspension:

  • Steel cradle frame has four solid engine mounts-including one atop the front cylinder head-for maximum rigidity and excellent handling.
  • Stylish, braced steel swingarm and rear wheel are controlled by a single linkage-mounted shock absorber, adjustable for spring preload.
  • 41mm fork tubes with stainless covers look great and serve up a smooth, controlled ride.
  • The shape of the seat has been designed with a "dish" shape for great comfort, and it allows riders to touch the ground easily.
  • Flangeless fuel tank carries 4.9 gallons of fuel. Mounting the fuel pump in a separate, tucked-away sub-tank allows the thin tank design.
  • Seven-spoke cast wheels and matching rear pulley mount fat, 16-inch tires for a cool period look albeit with big contact patches on the road.
  • A pair of 298mm front brake discs provide excellent power and feel.
  • Strong, light and low maintenance belt final drive routes power smoothly and efficiently to the rear wheel.

Additional Features:

  • Star quality paint, chrome and detailing vie for attention wherever you look; fenders are steel not plastic.
  • A 3D tank emblem design adorns the V Star 1300 and evokes a modern-classic look.
  • The V Star 1300 gets lot of chrome with a chrome headlight housing and chrome belt guard. Plus, there’s a gloss black finish on the frame that adds a high-quality look.
  • Retro-modern bar-mounted instrumentation contains analog speedometer along with LCD display; indicator lights for high beam, turn signal, low oil level, low fuel, coolant temperature, neutral-and engine diagnostic function.
  • Rider floorboards for comfort and room; heel/toe shifter makes moving through the five-speed gearbox a snap.
  • Bright multireflector headlight, LED taillight and amber turn signals behind clear lenses give a custom look.
  • 02 sensor and catalyst reduce emissions.

2012 Star V Star 1300 Specs:

ENGINE

  • 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

CHASSIS

  • 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

DIMENSIONS

  • Length: 98.0 in
  • Width: 39.4 in
  • Height: 45.1 in
  • Seat Height: 27.2 in
  • Wheelbase: 66.5 in
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.9 gal
  • Fuel Economy: 42 mpg
  • Wet Weight: 668 lb

OTHER

  • Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)

2012 Star V Star 1300 Color Option/MSRP:

  • Candy Red / $10,990

 

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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