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Yamaha V-Star 1300 Deluxe Special Edition Review

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Performance (continued)

The Deluxe SE stops relatively well, thanks to dual 298 mm front disks with twin piston calipers, and a single 298 mm rear disk with a single piston caliper. This motorcycle does not come with ABS, nor is it an option. In their 2013 Yamaha V-Star Deluxe Special Edition review, Cycle Canada magazine said the brake action was “strong, but felt a little remote.”

Under heavy braking I could’ve sworn a slight tendency to veer right, but truthfully I didn’t test my luck a third time to see if it was the bike, or the rider. I’d love to hear some reader feedback in the comments section below.

Yamah V-Star Deluxe 1300 Special Edition Review - Bridge

With a rider and passenger the bike grows to over 1,000 lbs. The stop and go of city riding can be physically demanding, but that isn’t what this V-Star is designed for. Once traveling at speed the bike carries the weight well. At this displacement, performance lag with a passenger isn’t particularly significant either in acceleration or in braking.
Yamah V-Star Deluxe 1300 Special Edition Review - Tank

Average fuel economy is in the low 40 – 43 MPG range (5.88 – 5.47 L/100 km). A 4.9 gallon (18.5 lt) fuel capacity will get you over 300 km, with 10 – 30 km to spare. When I’m travelling, I like to pull over every hour or two anyway just to stretch and have some water, so I never came near running low on gas on the Deluxe Special Edition.

Storage

Enough good can’t be said about the 57 litres (28.5 each) of capacity of the hard locking saddlebags. They are color-matched to fit the Yamaha V-Star 1300 Deluxe Special Edition’s rich two-tone grey and blue paint job. The bags offered more than enough storage for a weekend trip to a friend’s cottage, as well as the typical camera equipment and other extras that come with moto-journalism.

Yamah V-Star Deluxe 1300 Special Edition Review - Hard Saddlebag

Pictured in the saddlebags are a 500 ml water bottle and a size large beenie helmet for scale.

The one-handed locking system works well but has one possible downside. Given that you are able to lock the hard bags without a key, it becomes possible to lock your keys inside of the hard bags. This type of goof-up happens every so often with scooters, where keys can be locked in the under seat storage. But a small-displacement scooter and a 1,300 cc middle weight tourer are two different beasts, and one is much more likely to be left stranded hundreds of kilometers away from home than the other.

Final Conclusion

Yamaha’s V-Star 1300 Deluxe Special Edition is built on a tried and tested platform, but still has room for improvement. The motorcycle delivers consistent, predictable and good power and handling. It does so smoothly. But it also does so without character or personality. It offers good value in the middle-weight touring division, looks rich and does a good job of combining cruiser looks with light touring capabilities, but the GPS is only thing that really sets it apart. This is a very Japanese tourer, built on a very Japanese cruiser platform, and for some, it will be exactly what they want at a price they are willing to pay.

Thanks, Yamaha Canada!

Yamah V-Star Deluxe 1300 Special Edition Review - Thanks Yamaha

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10 comments

  1. From this review i am not overly impressed. It looks like an ugly bike, and the seating looks none too comfortable for the rider or pillion. I’ll stick with my BMW.

  2. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I guess. I’ve got a 2014 V Star 1300, and it’s got plenty of character and personality. It’s nice looking, got plenty of power, fun to ride, and reliable as a rock. Not to mention it costs about 1/3 less than an equivalent American cruiser. I think I’ll keep it.

    • Hey Dave. Any thoughts on the VStar 1300 versus the Deluxe SE model?

      • Oops, sorry I didn’t see this earlier. I haven’t ridden the Deluxe SE model, although I sat on one at a dealer. 😉 I didn’t buy the Deluxe because I didn’t want a bike that massive. That’s just my personal preference, I have no problem with others riding and liking full baggers.

  3. I welcome further feedback as I am seriously considering upgrading my 09 Vstar 1100 to the 2017 Deluxe model. My ride is slow but the balance and weight are very impressive to me as I always feel like the bike could ride itself. I want the hard saddlebags and hate my almost useless Shark Audio and this ride, with engine guards, Mustang Seat(s) and light bar fits what I want perfectly. My only problem right now is wether I should take the 16 model in grey/blue with discounts, or wait for the factory backorder on the new 2017’s black with red.

  4. i traded my 09 gs for a 2year left over 14 deluxe . 40 years of riding decided to try cruiser . awkward at first . sawed heal shift off , thats better . 2 years later got used to it and now love it . yamaha replaced stereo at 1000 miles . i’m with dave , “great bike”

  5. Thanks folks. I pulled the trigger and should have the 2017 in my garage by Thursday. I am pumped for my new ride.

  6. Anyone have any comparisons on the C90T vs v-Star deluxe ? Looking at 2016s on both. C90 much cheaper and I’m leaning that way. Wondering if the extra features on the V-Star deluxe make it worth it. I use ear phones for music and phone for gps so probably not…

What do you think?