The Yamaha Star Venture is more than just a mere upgrade to the old XV 1900 cruiser. With a striking muscular look, this mean machine is bound to make heads turn now that it has entered the competitive US market.
The bike is best categorized by the brand itself as Transcontinental Touring. Yamaha expressed its confidence in this touring bike by choosing to not lump it in with existing bikes of the tourer or cruiser categories. This is clearly one of the finest bikes to come out of Japan in this decade and is set to give stiff competition to the Gold Wing and others such as the BMW K1600GTL and Harley full-dressers.
While it has a powerful 1854cc engine that it inherits from the XV 1900, it has a new air intake, exhaust and a brand new electronics suite with YCC-T (ride by wire). This offers the choices of multi-riding modes, traction control as well as cruise control. It has a sturdy design that is supported by a steel frame and alloy sub-frame to centralize mass. It also has a 6-speed shaft drive transmission which adds to the new design and enhanced the riding experience.
Yamaha has made it clear that the purpose of this bike does not lie in 126lbft of torque or its power. This is a one of a kind touring bike and it is meant to offer the best road experience for riders who will ride for miles. A great focal point of the Star Venture lies in its gadgetry. The bike is light years ahead of its current competition just like the Gold Wing was 16 years ago. With a 7-inch touch-screen monitor, controlling stereo, heated seats, backrests, handlebars, phone calls and texts, satellite navigation (where fitted), passenger communication, tire pressure monitoring and state of the art computer functions, accessibility is just a touch away.
With a higher priced variant called the Yamaha Star Venture TC model, the buyer gets GPS and satellite radio which is a must-must for American riders. It also has separate audio zones for rider and passenger and LED driving lights. Since the bike weighs 434kgs for the standard version and 437kgs for the TC model, it has an electric crawler gear known as ‘Sure Park’ to help it move forward and backward for easy maneuvering.
The Yamaha Star Venture costs $24,999 for the TC model which is $2000 higher than the standard version. So, American motorbike enthusiasts surely have a new toy and a voyage to look forward to this year.