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2013 Yamaha Royal Star Venture S - Coolness Factor = 39.1%

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:49 am

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2013 Yamaha Royal Star Venture S


The serious open-road, luxury touring performer with a five year warranty...

Get all the style and performance of a full dressed touring bike at a surprisingly affordable price. The 2013 Yamaha Royal Star Venture S features classic weather beating bodywork and lots of touring amenities. It's guaranteed to turn heads. Did we mention the 5-year warranty too?

Venture from Coast to Coast.

A super smooth 1298cc V-Four liquid cooled powerplant wrapped in a high tensile steel frame built to carry two people and plenty of gear in ultimate two wheel comfort. When it comes to seeing North America in detail, there's no better way to do it than by riding a 2013 Yamaha Venture.

The Royal Star Venture S, a classic touring bike that turns every head on the block with its sleek sophistication and classic good looks. Plus all the amenities and long distance comfort you would expect on a touring motorcycle.

We've added plenty of chrome to create the Royal Star Venture S. It's got the eye-popping style and the smooth performance of a luxury touring bike, with two very appealing added features: a surprisingly low price tag and a 5-year, unlimited mileage warranty.


2013 Yamaha Royal Star Venture S - Total Motorcycle Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $20,590 (Charcoal Silver/Raven) USD
Canada MSRP Price: $19,999 CDN


TMW Engine
Type 79-cubic-inch (1294cc) liquid-cooled 70° V-four; DOHC, 4 valves/cylinder
Bore x Stroke 79mm x 66mm
Compression Ratio 10.0:1
Fuel Delivery 4) 32mm Mikuni® CV carburetors
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission 5-speed, wide-ratio w/5th-gear overdrive; hydraulic clutch
Final Drive Shaft


TMW Chassis
Suspension / Front Telescopic fork; air-assist, 5.5-in travel
Suspension / Rear Single shock; air-assist, 4.1-in travel
Brakes / Front Dual hydraulic disc, 298mm
Brakes / Rear Hydraulic disc, 320mm
Tires / Front 150/80-16 71H
Tires / Rear 150/90B15M/C 74H
Wheels 7-spoke cast


TMW Dimensions
Length 104.5 in
Width 35.4 in
Height 61.6 in
Seat Height 29.5 in
Wheelbase 67.1 in
Fuel Capacity 6.1 gal
Fuel Economy** 39 mpg
Wet Weight*** 869 lb


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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:51 am

This week's Cool Wall bike has been brought to you by the letter M, for madjak30 who suggested it in our Total Motorcycle Cool Wall - Suggest the next bike to review thread: viewtopic.php?f=61&t=40774&p=333166#p333166

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Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:49 pm

It's just a knock off bagger with a hefty price tag no appeal whatsoever for me sorry.
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Unread post by momule » Sat Jul 20, 2013 12:14 am

Beautiful bike with a long history and a good reputation BUT.... no fuel injection ????? Come on Yamaha, it's 2013 fer christsakes !!! Even Harley baggers have fuel injection.
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Unread post by montanalifter » Sat Jul 20, 2013 2:44 pm

I test drove a used one once. It was the most comfortable seat and ride I've ever been on, would of been better for trips with the wife than anything I've owned but it just did not stir any passion for me.

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Unread post by montanalifter » Sat Jul 20, 2013 2:46 pm

Forgot of course the price, 20k plus is too much when there are other great options for less.

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Unread post by ceemes » Sun Jul 21, 2013 1:37 pm

They coined the phrase Yamadavidson just for this bike.
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Unread post by snakedoctEr726 » Sun Jul 21, 2013 7:40 pm

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Unread post by Grey Thumper » Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:35 pm

I don't really get baggers. They're not as good looking as just plain cruisers, and they're not as versatile as a full dress tourer like a Goldwing or K1600GTL. Plus this one's an expensive knock-off that doesn't really bring anything new to the table. I mean, if they're going to rip-off H-D, couldn't they at least be more high tech than H-D? Uncool.
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Unread post by Gummiente » Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:19 am

Uncool. Most of the reasons have already been stated (carbs instead of EFI, Harley knock-off, etc) and for me the biggest downer is the blatant copy of Harley's styling. I wonder how many times a day an owner hears "is that a Harley?"

On the plus side, though, is the 5 year warranty. It's a good deal if you don't put a lot of miles on the bike, as it has a mileage limit of 30k, but after viewing it in detail on the Yamaha Canada website it is better than what most manufacturers offer. Just don't install a sidecar, trailer or trike conversion, though, or it will be voided.

The bike does have one main feature that I've been waiting for years for Harley to come out with - a liquid cooled motor in a full dresser. Slap an increased displacement V-Rod mill in a Road Glide and you would have one awesome touring machine.
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Unread post by madjak30 » Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:13 pm

I thought with the V4 it might get a little break from the Harley wannabe crowd...how many Harley's come with 98Hp out of the box without a stage kit? I think it's a good looking bike, if a little vanilla. Looks super comfy & thought the V4 and liquid cooling might prove a little more durable...dunno...

I'm voting: Cool

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Unread post by storysunfolding » Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:38 am

When the design was put out it was a fantastic bike that got alot of attention... back in the 90s. Yamaha has let their cruiser line fall off. I swear they are only putting out models because they have the machines just sitting there. However, for a top of the line model you'd expect more regular updates, EFI, and all the bells and whistles. Straight up Fail for me. There's no reason that this date of a bike should cost this much with the features put on it.
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Unread post by madjak30 » Tue Jul 23, 2013 1:38 pm

FI would be a nice touch, but I don't think it's lacking in the comfort...as for the price, have you seen the price of a Goldwing? 50% more than the Venture. I know, it has way more Whiz Bang crap...but really? I want a bike to ride, not an iPad...

The Goldwing is a great bike, but the price is more than the average sedan...WTF? and you guys are complaining about the Yamaha? You have to look at comparible bikes before you launch into pricing issues...

Kawasaki Voyager..................................$19,349 USD....$21,399 CDN
Honda Goldwing.....................................$23,999 USD....$TBA CDN
Yamaha Venture S.................................$20,590 USD....$19,999 CDN
Victory Cross Country Tour......................$21,999 USD....$23,999 CDN
Harley FLHTCU Ultra Classic Electra Glide....$19,899 USD....$24,759 CDN

The prices in the States don't show much difference, but in Canada you can see my argument...the last time I checked the price of a Goldwing on the showroom floor it was over $30,000 here...if it was only a couple thousand, I would get it...but $10,000 more, nope you can keep it.

I actually like the Victory Cross Country...but that's just me...

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Unread post by dr_bar » Tue Jul 23, 2013 1:56 pm

Well, as an owner, I should be hitting the awesome button, but all I can manage is the cool.... This bike really needs an update, EFI for one, the new V-Max engine, (detuned of course) something other than a cassette deck in the dash, (many owners pull the deck and install a selection of gauges.)

With that said, I've got 80,000 km on my bike and no major issues since I bought it in 2008. My five years are up on the warranty, but my warranty had no mileage limit to it as Gummi has mentioned. This is cut and paste from yamaha's site "Exclusive Royal Star 5-year unlimited mileage warranty" I've also had minor warranty repairs done and the chrome trailer hitch sticking out the back of the bike had no affect on it. The dealer told me the only way it will affect a claim would be if the dealer believed that towing was the cause of the issue being addressed.

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Unread post by dr_bar » Tue Jul 23, 2013 2:06 pm

madjak30 wrote:I know, it has way more Whiz Bang "crumb"

Kawasaki Voyager..................................$19,349 USD....$21,399 CDN
Honda Goldwing.....................................$23,999 USD....$TBA CDN
Yamaha Venture S.................................$20,590 USD....$19,999 CDN
Victory Cross Country Tour......................$21,999 USD....$23,999 CDN
Harley FLHTCU Ultra Classic Electra Glide....$19,899 USD....$24,759 CDN



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A couple of things, one, the Whiz Bang cr@p doesn't come stock on a Goldwing, with the Venture, what you see is what you get...

As to those prices, all I can say is WOW!!! The American prices have sure jumped up to join ours. The Venture could be had off the floor for $16,999 in the United States when I bought mine. It was because our currency was so strong that our prices came down to match theirs at that time, which is why I bought my bike for $16,900.
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Unread post by Gummiente » Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:02 pm

dr_bar wrote:This is cut and paste from yamaha's site "Exclusive Royal Star 5-year unlimited mileage warranty"
From the Yamaha Canada website on pg 3-4 of the Royal Star Warranty PDF file...

"Yamaha ROYAL STAR™ Series Warranty Policy"

No mention of unlimited mileage, perhaps that is only in the US? I can't find any reference to it anywhere on the Canadian site. In fact, the only mention of mileage limitation is the 5yr/30k limit on the Emissions Control System. Maybe a call to an authourised Yamaha Canada dealer would give a definitive answer on this.


"2. This warranty does not cover the repair of damage resulting
from abuse or neglect of the ROYAL STAR. Examples of
abuse and neglect include, but are not limited to:
a) Racing, competition, modification of original parts,
abnormal strain;"


The last two words are what, reading between the lines, IMO would give Yamaha grounds to deny warranty to a sidecar or trailer equipped bike.
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Unread post by NorthernPete » Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:04 pm

Just on looks. A big meh.

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Unread post by Gummiente » Thu Jul 25, 2013 5:46 am

NorthernPete wrote:Just on looks. A big meh.
Someone in corporate must be agreeing with you, as it is absent from the 2014 lineup on Yamaha Canada's website.
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Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Thu Jul 25, 2013 7:36 am

I do not know if Yamaha got away from the great speedo they used to have but if they did put it back as I loved that look.Image
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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Thu Jul 25, 2013 7:02 pm

I voted: uncool.

Like a few have said, it's a little to Harley-Clone looking for me and I'd either go for a real HD or even a Victory before this one. But that said, I'm not a fan of the big comfy couch rear seat, but I do like the convenience of the bags. In fact, I did find them very useful when riding the Harley-Davidson Street Glide. But just because this bike isn't my cup of tea doesn't mean it isn't any good. In fact, a Yamaha is really a very reliable brand and (if you believe the rider surveys) HD isn't. Also, this engine is a wonderful torquey motor with real top end performance. Not sure why it isn't EFI.... is this Yamaha's only big bike not to be?

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