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Yamaha Royal Star Venture

2003 Yamaha Royal Venture: MD Ride Review

are a lot of motorcycles out there, and only so time and staff to test In choosing the motorcycles tested by MD, are two obvious categories to choose First and foremost, there are the new models that are most

Second, we try to identify those that are “sleepers” — bikes perhaps deserve more than they are currently from the press.

The bike is the subject of this review is a example of the latter category. The Yamaha Royal Star is a bike that has been for a few years, and has developed a loyal, fanatical following (take a at the Venture Enthusiasts’ website ).

The generation of the Yamaha Venture (it was not a of the “Royal Star” family at time) appeared in 1983, and was through the 1993 model when it disappeared. This was a fast, v-four engined tourer built to take on Gold Wing. The bike performance and luxury in a special way still energizes a loyal fan

In 1999, the Venture name to the Yamaha line-up in a new, machine based somewhat on the Star, v-four cruiser itself was destined for extinction and by the Road Star v-twin cruiser.

I had never ridden a Venture, the first generation or the second. I was aware of the first generation (particularly, its reputation for outstanding performance), and remember being a bit that the Venture name in 1999 with the Royal cruiser affiliation.

Gen I Venture on and Gen II on the right

Basically, Yamaha’s experiment with the Royal had reached a … end. beautifully styled and detailed, the Star never sold in satisfactory to Yamaha. The v-four configuration didn’t seem to on with the cruiser crowd, and the (loosely based on the awesomely V-Max) was so dramatically de-tuned, the large, heavy machine was slow (even for a cruiser).

So how did the fit into this Royal scheme with its heritage of engine performance (for the touring class at least)? how. Yamaha significantly the Royal Star engine for use in the Venture tourer.

The result is a tourer with modern, engine performance. Yamaha 98 horsepower and 89 foot pounds of are delivered by the 79 cubic inch liquid-cooled, double overhead 70 degree v-four engine in the Put to the test on the road, this delivers with almost power and torque to move the 807 pound luxury tourer at a pace unmatched by any production cruiser/tourer (more about later).

Basically, Yamaha took the promise that the v-four provided in the Royal Star and finally delivered on it in the Venture.

At than 800 pounds, the Venture is a lot of Along with the power and mentioned above, the Royal Venture has all the amenities you would to find in a long-distance luxury including a wide ratio transmission (although fifth is technically an overdrive, it is very — even for high-speed passing low-maintenance shaft drive, wind protection from the fork-mounted fairing and windshield, wind deflectors and frame-mounted cowlings, large, six-gallon tank (with low-fuel light), DC power outlets for rider and passenger, air adjustable (both front and rear), cruise control, AM/FM and CB radio (with handlebar-mounted cassette deck, four (14 watts per channel) which speed-regulated volume control, rider/passenger intercom system, and luggage (15 gallon rear matched with dual 9.3 saddlebags).

To get to the bottom line, the Royal Venture is an outstanding luxury regardless of the category you put it in (not among cruiser tourers, but all luxury tourers). Both the and passenger seats (which substantially improved in the 2001 year) offer excellent and comfort.

Indeed, several who sampled rear-seat accommodations about the comfort they from the seat and backrest down to the large, well-placed floor boards. The rider are also excellent, with high handlebars that your arms in a comfortable, position, and rider floor-boards a bit forward, but not as far forward as most cruisers.

The standard suspension are excellent. Providing a very comfortable ride with control during more riding, the air-adjustable fork and have been very set up by the factory. We did not play with the adjustment, but did add air to the shock when passengers.

This made a difference in balancing the machine passengers aboard (including editor, Willy Ivins, who in close to 200 pounds).

The wind offered by the Venture was equally Most motorcycles that try to the level of wind protection by the Venture have a significant effect, pulling the rider the windshield at higher speeds buffeting at the helmet level is noisy and annoying). The Venture huge wind protection, neither of these drawbacks.

At 5’10″, I found the pocket of air the Venture’s windshield quite — calm enough to clearly the stereo at elevated freeway

Yamaha Royal Star Venture
Yamaha Royal Star Venture

Honda’s Gold Wing has the standard for handling in the luxury class, and the Royal Star doesn’t quite measure up to the of the new Gold Wing. Nevertheless, I was surprised by my ability to hustle the through twisty roads and with confidence. Again, the styling misled me, and I expected handling from a flexy

The Royal Star Venture significant effort by Yamaha to the motorcycle’s chassis to aid steering and handling. The huge engine is mounted to the stiff, single-backbone Although handling at parking lot is tricky, and the weight of the bike is evident, once you are moving, the steers responsively and competently.

The performance mentioned earlier adds to the enjoyable mix. The has plenty of the character offered by machines, but a lot more performance the styling suggests. The bike hard, and has a very broad A pleasant exhaust note you to hear the engine pulses, but intrude too much.

Just right, really. exhaust note, together some intake noise and audible gear whine from the shaft-drive system) an interesting, almost hot-rod while riding the bike. did a good job of combining a luxurious with rider awareness of the processes going on underneath him (or

The five-speed transmission is a bit clunky, but it is enough to use. I caught between first and second unintentionally on a few occasions, but familiarity the machine made my shifts decisive, and this problem away. That tall, gear allows you to cruise at a engine rpm on the freeway, with gas mileage.

Expect about 40 mpg on

The instruments are easy to read and set in a stylish, retro design. The sweeping speedometer, for instance, me of my mother’s old Oldsmobile. The very-thorough includes speedometer, odometer, trip meters, fuel meter, clock, fuel cruise control, turn and assorted indicator lights.

The control was easy to operate, and a touch on long, open

In summary, I was very surprised by the Star Venture. While it has cruiser looks, its performance is like a traditional, air cooled cruiser. From its large, brakes to its quick acceleration and top speed (believe me, this will go as fast as you want to go — most cruisers), the Venture belongs in the luxury tourer with more modern

If you like the classic styling (we it is simply a big bonus. This the Royal Star Venture is in two color schemes, including the one on our bike and the black, Midnight Special Edition pictured at the MSRP ranges from to $16,899 for the Midnight Venture Edition.

Take a look at website for additional details.

Yamaha Royal Star Venture
Yamaha Royal Star Venture


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