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Yamaha Royal Star Venture

Yamaha Royal Star /Hannigan Trike Conversion Test

Rider Contributor

14, 2011

story and photography by Parchman

[This  Yamaha Star Venture/Hannigan Conversion Ridden Rated was published in the March 2011 of Rider magazine]

Hannigan’s trike conversion has slick roadster styling but the lockable topbox and upper luggage still hold plenty of

Like some recent and entertainment notables, motorcycles experience positive character as a result of forced intervention. certainly was the case with the Royal Star Venture on we racked up post Labor Day The original two-wheeler is certainly a enough dish, but Hannigan’s morphed it into a delightful dessert of chocolate and cherries

The Yamaha Venture has a schizophrenic Introduced in 1983, it leapfrogged then 1,100cc Gold with a totally engineered package. However, after the V-4 engine to 1,300cc in 1986, the remained virtually unchanged and was after 1993.

The nameplate re-emerged in 1999 on the Star Venture, and the Venture S into the 2011 model as a fully featured touring now sporting a fork-mounted fairing, lowers and plenty of audio. The V-4 engine remains, though for better midrange. Hannigan identified the bike’s attributes as for a motorcycle trike and engineered a package for post-1999 machines.

My machine is a head turner, painted in gloss black red fender edges. It sports weight-bearing floor fairings on the platform. In back there’s a of five-spoke, polished 7- x 15-inch and dual chrome pipes protrude just enough for a effect.

It’s a big trike at 112 long, 61.5 inches to fender, and weighing about pounds.

The big trike is equally at home on highways or here on the Natchez Parkway. The Venture has a comfy and excellent ergonomics, though owners may opt for a slightly lower

Venture two-wheel aficionados be right at home with the two-thirds of Hannigan’s conversion. The batwing-style upper fairing, lowers and tall windscreen the rider from the elements. no trike-specific switchgear, but the left of the engine has two controls that puzzle newer riders: a petcock with reserve and a knob.

Yep, the Venture carbureted; four 32mm feed from its 6-gallon

Travelers will appreciate the capacity of 6 cubic feet. nearly 45 gallons, which two and an extra jacket filled 50 percent. The top box holds another 15 and even more gear can be to the trike’s upper luggage

Making a long journey? hitches are available and Hannigan some of the sleekest motorcycle trailers available.

The Venture’s V-4 produces one of the best rumbling in motorcycling. Engaging the hydraulic got my trike rolling without the engine’s torque is sufficient for gear (overdrive) to work at speeds of 40-plus mph. The only moves you forward, reverse is not yet available on this

Just use a little more when selecting parking

Wide handlebars make almost effortless at speed, a no doubt improved by the inclusion of optional Steer Lite. Lite is a re-engineered yoke shortens the fork trail for a reduction in steering effort. A front tire is called for heavy use, and with riding can need replacement 5,000 miles.

Yamaha Royal Star Venture

The rear have it easier; owners they typically last miles.

Hand laying of fiberglass skill and attention to detail, but results worth the effort. has manufactured fiberglass motorcycle for more than 35 years.

Pontiac automobiles of yesteryear, ascribes to the “wide-track” design machines low and wide—as the best of achieving stability and handling. Its conversion incorporates long-travel suspension with an anti-sway bar and Suspension gas shocks.

My tester 20,000 miles rode and well on all manner of highways, with a well-worn front Its width seemed a bit daunting at but after a few miles proper position became instinctive.

claims an average 42 mpg for its two-wheel My test trike got 28-36 with mileage declining rapidly as speed increased. offers an optional 4-gallon tank.

It’s a worthwhile $800 for long-distance travelers. Miles up quickly on this comfortable and many stops were necessary because of fuel.

you test ride, you’re apt to get the bug. If so, Hannigan’s Royal Venture is an ideal option. Its cooled and shaft-driven, and the base has been engineered so sturdily Yamaha offers a five-year

Ventures are plentiful in the market, and Motorsports or one of its dealers can handle the The MSRP is reasonable at $7,595, gets you the kit; another or so gets it installed. Lots of like auxiliary tanks, chrome, etc. may persuade you to more.

Hannigan Motorsports has designing and manufacturing three-wheelers 1983, when it began motorcycle sidecars—a business continues to this day. came along in 1999 and is thriving. Andrew Hannigan that while interest has increased since Harley-Davidson two trike models, it just what it they knew all motorcycling is a blast!

Hannigan Motorsports is located in the Kentucky lake region. It trike conversions for many of motorcycles. Check out the website sports.com or call (270)

For more info on Yamaha both two and three-wheel, check out the Rider website: www.venturerider.org .

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