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Old 09-18-2006, 10:20 AM   #1
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Any Yamaha Royal Star Venture riders


Just curious if anyone has any experience with these bikes. I'm referring to the newer style.

Just general info about the bikes.

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Old 09-18-2006, 08:43 PM   #2
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A buddy of mine has one. I rode it home from the dealer for him. I actually liked it. My only complaint is that Yamaha has the bike and won't put the new Stratoliner motor in it and get rid of those airboxes hanging out on the crashbar/lower deflectors.

I can't remember the exact website, but there is a site dedicated to them. Try googling venture owners group or venture riders. Sorry, I can't remember the exact name.

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Old 09-18-2006, 08:54 PM   #3
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Any Yamaha Royal Star Venture riders?

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Old 09-18-2006, 10:57 PM   #4
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My only complaint is that Yamaha has the bike and won't put the new Stratoliner motor in it and get rid of those airboxes hanging out on the crashbar/lower deflectors.
That V-4 is way better than the new twin. I admit the airboxes are unsightly. Always wanted the old Venture or a Kawi Voyager. They were still making them a few years back but I never saw one at the dealer.
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Old 09-19-2006, 06:15 AM   #5
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I test rode two of them. One used with a pipe. Had some personality. Tried a new one and it just didn't do it for me. I was really looking for a comfy putter.

I ended up getting a GS! Comfort and personality. Plus you could load it up.

The thing that killed the deal for me was the lack of power. It just really felt flat to me.
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Old 09-19-2006, 12:18 PM   #6
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The thing that killed the deal for me was the lack of power. It just really felt flat to me.
Lack of power is absolutely right. My best riding buddy has one. It was equipped with K&Ns, re-jetted carbs, and aftermarket Cobra exhausts. Riding on the Interstate in Montana's Rocky Mountains, he couldn't even maintain the posted speed limit. While I was cruising in 6th gear on my R1150RT, he said he had to downshift into 4th gear and hold it wide open on some of the ascents. Even wide open riding up steep inclines, he was losing speed. And he was riding solo.

He loves the comfort of the Royal Star Venture. If you live in the flatlands and value comfort over speed and acceleration, it's a bike worth considering. Another consideration is the bike is a gas pig.

Different strokes for different folks. . .
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