A modern cruiser inspired by the custom chopper craze of recent years, the 2013 Yamaha Raider is powered by a 113-cubic-inch (1854cc) air-cooled, four valves per cylinder, V-twin engine that generates maximum torque at 2,500 rpm and maximum power at 4,500 rpm. The engine contains four pushrod-activated valves and two spark plugs per cylinder. This helps facilitate optimal combustion efficiency, while maintaining the bike’s classic engine architecture. Cylinders are ceramic-composite plated for heat dissipation that’s superior while the Raider’s forged pistons are oil-jet cooled, to help facilitate greater reliability and engine longevity. The computer-controlled, twin-bore fuel injection system monitors engine parameters, making it possible to calculate a perfect mixture for all temperatures and conditions. The two-into-one-into-two exhaust system provides a torque boost in the 2,500-rpm range. Meanwhile special custom machining of the engine’s cooling fin enhances the engine’s jewel-like appearance. To further enhance performance and styling, a 3.5-liter airbox is concealed below the fuel tank. While the 2013 Yamaha Raider was indeed inspired by the custom chopper movement, it also provides all the handling, performance, and stopping power riders associate with Yamaha’s Star Motorcycles. The bike’s custom five-spoke wheels carry tires that are the tallest and widest to ever feature on a Star motorcycle. With an EPA estimated fuel economy of 42 mpg and a flangeless 4.2-gallon fuel tank, the 2013 Yamaha Raider has an impressive cruising range.