Cool Wall Bike #329: 2018 Yamaha Star Venture

2018 Yamaha Star Venture
2018 Yamaha Star Venture

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2018 Yamaha Star Venture
2018 Yamaha Star Venture



Power, Technology and Comfort Set New Standard for Luxury Touring Motorcycles.

2018 Yamaha Star Venture

The all-new Star Venture touring motorcycle model combining a new level of power, technology and comfort features that will redefine the luxury touring motorcycle market.


Powered by an air-cooled 113 cubic inch (1854cc) V-twin fuel-injected engine, the Star Venture incorporates never-before-seen features on a touring model like forward-reverse ‘Sure Park’ parking assist, dual-zone audio capability, “Drive Mode” settings that adjust throttle response, traction control, adjustable rider backrest, heated grips as well as rider/passenger seats and backrests, a fully featured infotainment system and more. These features set the all-new Star Venture apart, while Yamaha’s renowned quality, performance and reliability plant it firmly on top of the luxury touring segment.

“The all-new Star Venture is one of the most highly anticipated and important new motorcycles to come from Yamaha in years, and everyone here is extremely excited to introduce this impactful new model to the world of touring enthusiasts,” said Mike Doughty, General Manager of Yamaha’s Motorcycle Group. “As the ‘Journey Further’ tagline indicates, the Star Venture will make you want to travel farther and experience more while enjoying the comfort, performance, and technology features you expect from Yamaha.”

2018 Yamaha Star Venture Key Features
◾High Torque Engine with Cutting-Edge Rider Aids
Featuring a torque-rich 1854cc air-cooled V-twin, Star Venture® produces smooth, effortless passing power even when fully loaded. And with ride-by-wire throttle control, traction control and selectable riding modes, Star Venture brings class-leading technology to the luxury touring class.
◾New Yamaha Sure-Park System
With Star Venture’s Sure-Park™ System, parking maneuvers are a breeze, even fully loaded. Controlled from the handlebar, an electric motor provides forward and reverse drive to assist during tricky parking situations, especially on rough or poor traction surfaces.
◾Integrated Infotainment System
With a high-output audio system and a large, high-mounted touch and voice controlled infotainment system, the Star Venture puts the rider in command. Music, navigation, communications and vehicle systems are integrated cleanly into a single system that sets new standards for two-wheeled technology.
◾Adjustable Ergonomics and Aerodynamics
Star Venture adapts to rider and passenger needs straight from the dealership floor, with adjustable ergonomics, wind protection and controls. Grip warmers and heated seats for both rider and passenger come standard, with a low seat height for confidence at every stop.
◾Advanced Chassis
Designed around a rigid chassis and advanced suspension systems, the Star Venture is built to offer Yamaha’s renowned handling ability when the road turns twisty, without losing the comfort or straight-line confidence expected from a luxury tourer.
◾Transcontinental Option Package
Riders that step up to the Star Venture Transcontinental Option Package benefit from a range of options, with enhanced infotainment features including GPS navigation, SiriusXM®, additional speakers and Yamaha’s exclusive Dual Zone audio control. Standard LED fog lights, additional onboard storage and an alarmed security system round out the package.

2018 Yamaha Star Venture – USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $26,999 Granite Gray – Transcontinental Option Package
$26,999 – Raspberry Metallic – Transcontinental Option Package
$24,999 – Granite Gray,
$24,999 – Raspberry Metallic USD
Canada MSRP Price: $31,999 CDN

Engine Type 113-cubic-inch (1854cc) air-cooled OHV V-twin; 8 valves
Bore x Stroke 100.0mm x 118.0mm
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Fuel Delivery Yamaha Fuel Injection with YCC-T and D-Mode
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission 6-speed; multiplate assist and slipper wet clutch
Final Drive Belt
Suspension / Front 46mm telescopic fork; 5.1-in travel
Suspension / Rear Single shock with remote preload adjustment; 4.3-in travel
Brakes / Front Dual hydraulic disc, 298mm; Unified Brake
System and ABS
Brakes / Rear Hydraulic disc, 320mm; Unified Brake System and ABS
Tires / Front 130/70R18 Bridgestone® Exedra
Tires / Rear 200/55R16 Bridgestone® Exedra
L x W x H 106.3 in x 39.9 in x 55.5 – 59.1 in
Seat Height 27.4 in
Wheelbase 67.6 in
Rake (Caster Angle) 31.0°
Trail 5.7 in
Maximum Ground
5.5 in
Fuel Capacity 6.6 gal
Fuel Economy 34.0 mpg
Wet Weight*** Star Venture / Star Venture Transcontinental 957
lb / 963 lb
Warranty 5 Year Warranty Coverage* — *1 year limited
factory warranty + 4 years Yamaha Extended
Service = 5 years coverage.
Color Granite Gray – Transcontinental Option Package;
Raspberry Metallic – Transcontinental Option
Package; Granite Gray; Raspberry Metallic





 Voting in progress… have you voted yet?
2018 Yamaha Star Venture – Coolness Factor = 76.5%
Featured: August 11th, 2017 – August 18th, 2017
Most popular vote category: Awesome


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Your Coolness Factor of the 2018 Yamaha Star Venture

Awesome (3 points) 9
Cool (2 points) 4
Uncool (1 point) 4
Fail (0 point) 0

Total votes: 17

= a Coolwall Factor of 76.5%

Total Motorcycle’s Take-a-way: Rarely do I come out and say a bike was voted too high versus what our audience has said in the comments. And the comments for the 2018 Yamaha Star Venture were definitely not flattering, in fact, other than looks, everything else said was negative. So I can only say that a 76.5% vote is really good and while the comments do point negative, the majority of people actually like the 2018 Yamaha Star Venture. Big price, high weight, air cooled engine, low gas mileage. It will be interesting to see how it sells.

Best comments of the week: “I wanted to like this bike, I really did. However, the more I read the less impressed I became.”

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