The other half of this 1300's DNA is the V-Star 1300, which donated its engine and transmission. There are some changes in the airbox and pipes, and most importantly in the ECU, which gives the bike a more snappy feel and bit more bark out of the pipes. I didn't ride the bikes back to back, but I had ridden a V-Star the week before, so it was fresh in my mind. The engine is a wide, 60-degree V-twin, with a single overhead cam actuating four valves per cylinder. Besides the powertrain, there is also a handlebar-mounted speedo that bears a resemblance to the unit on its V-Star cousin.