YAMAHA XVS1300 CUSTOM (2014 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£100|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
Yamaha’s XVS1300 Custom off-the-peg chopper is a rebadged Yamaha Stryker, originally released in the US in 2011. It mixes ‘American Chopper’ styling with bomb-proof Yamaha build quality. Badge snobs might sneer at its lack of ‘Harleyness’ but it’s a capable machine and superb value for money.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
An amply-padded 670mm high seat is comfy and lets shorter riders get their feet flat on the floor at a standstill. But weighing a hefty 293kg it’s not the easiest bike to paddle into a parking space, or to thread through town at walking pace. It’s well-behaved at cruising speeds and through country lanes, despite those long forks and 21” front wheel. It’s stable and doesn’t run out of ground clearance too quickly. Front and rear brakes are powerful for a chopper.
EngineNext up: Reliability
It might look traditionally air-cooled but the 72bhp V-twin lump, which makes 76ftlb of torque at a lolloping 4000rpm, is thoroughly modern, liquid-cooled and fuel injected. The smooth motor doesn’t disappoint, has lots of get-up-and-go, but the muted exhaust note is disappointing. Its five speed gearbox is slick but there’s so much grunt on tap, you barely ever move from fifth.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
It might be basic but the XVS1300 Custom is well-built and has lots of nice detail touches, like the chrome and satin black finishes and the ‘Liquid Copper’ paintjob. You have to look really hard to see ‘Yamaha’ emblazoned on the XVS1300 anywhere, but look closely and you’ll see it written subtly on the engine cases and the back lip of the rear mudguard. A really nice touch is the way the speedo needle points straight up at 65mph, giving the clocks a cool symmetry when you’re bobbing along at American cruising speeds.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
Compared to a custom-built chopper or a Harley, you get a lot of Yamaha bang for your buck.
You don’t get a lot in the way of bells and whistles for the price. Choppers by their very nature are stripped down and basic. But Yamaha has a vast range of official XVS1300 accessories ready-to-go, including touring screens, custom wheels, belt drive sprockets, seats, engine guards, engine covers, luggage and backrests.
|Engine type||4v, V-twin|
|Frame type||Steel double cradle|
|Fuel capacity||15 litres|
|Front suspension||41mm non-adjustable forks|
|Rear suspension||Single shock adjustable for preload.|
|Front brake||320mm disc with twin-piston caliper.|
|Rear brake||310mm single disc with single-piston caliper.|
|Front tyre size||120/70 x 21|
|Rear tyre size||210/40 x 18|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||45 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£96|
|Annual service cost||£100|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||72 bhp|
|Max torque||76 ft-lb|
|Top speed||110 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||148 miles|
Model history & versions
2014 - XVS1300 Custom launched. Formerly Yamaha Stryker 1300
Cruiser-style XVS1300A Midnight Star
Owners' reviews for the YAMAHA XVS1300 CUSTOM (2014 - on)
1 owner has reviewed their YAMAHA XVS1300 CUSTOM (2014 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Annual servicing cost:||£100|
Annual servicing cost: £100
I actually own the Stryker version of this bike which I imported in 2011 from the USA. As I am only 5ft 1" I found this to be a great bike for me. I have had to make several adjustments to it but they have improved the bike no end. I would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting a great cruiser at a great price.
Superb ride. I only stop to fill up. I have taken it across USA from East to West doing 5,500 miles and no aches and pains. The only downside as far as I know is that the clutch is not hydraulic. It can get very stiff if you don't keep it oiled. Shame as it's big brother, the Raider, has a much easier clutch.
Love how it picks up quickly and effortlessly.
The only problem I have ever had was the failure of a relay that was mounted right in front of the back wheel. It filled with water (probably due to our climate) and the pins rotted. My husband replaced it and made sure that it wouldn't get wet again. Other than this, in 5 years it has been great. I have done over 20k miles on it.
Always been serviced at home due to the fact that importing it made the warranty invalid over here. Insurance is cheap but that may be down to my age and years of no claims.
I would recommend changing the rear tyre to a 240mm when it needs it. This improves handling.
Buying experience: I imported mine brand new from the States and it worked out cheaper than they now sell in the UK... The UK version is not as blingy as the US one as they seem to have favoured everything in black.